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Woman Dies in Weather-Related Pile-Up Accident

May 07, 2017

A weather-related chain reaction accident earlier this month left one woman dead. The fatal crash happened on the northbound side of I-85, at exit 61.  The wreck blocked all four lanes of traffic for several hours after it happened. Police believe that the incident that started the pileup was a vehicle that hydroplaned on the wet road surface. Seven vehicles eventually became ensnared in the wreckage. One was tragically killed.

Woman Dies in Weather-Related Pile-Up Accident reports that a woman lost her life in a recent, weather-related pile-up accident. The fatal crash happened on the northbound side of I-85, and it blocked all four lanes of traffic for several hours. The chain reaction wreck started when one vehicle hydroplaned on the wet road surface. Eventually, a total of seven vehicles were involved in the accident. 

These Two Safe Driving Tips Could Help You Avoid a Chain Reaction Accident

Sometimes, when one vehicle loses control or collides with another on a busy roadway, other vehicles that are nearby may also become ensnared in the wreck. When this happens, it is called a chain reaction accident or a pileup crash. While chain reaction accidents can occur anytime, rain, ice, and snow increase the risk that a pile-up will happen because they reduce traction and visibility. Fortunately, there are things that drivers can do to avoid becoming caught up in a chain reaction accident. Here are some tips that could help you avoid a chain reaction accident:

  • Always adjust your speed to the weather and road conditions. Rain, fog, snow, and sleet can affect traction, visibility, or both. When you drive slower, you give yourself more time to respond to things that are happening around you, such as an accident, an animal running across the road, or a sudden maneuver by the vehicle in front of you. Failing to adjust speed to road conditions is a factor in many accidents, including many pile-ups.
  • Leave an appropriate distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you. A good rule of thumb to follow is to leave one car length between your vehicle and the car in front of you for every ten miles per hour of your speed. Leaving the proper amount of space between your car and the car in front of you allows you to see what's happening in front of you. Perhaps even more importantly, it provides you with an opportunity to respond to it. If you follow other vehicles too closely, you may not be able to avoid a collision if the vehicle in front of you moves abruptly. If you have ever had a near miss, whether you narrowly avoided hitting an animal, a pedestrian, or another vehicle, you understand the value of having space to maneuver.

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