Rain Leading to Slick Roads and Crashes in Georgia
GEORGIA- The ajc.com reports that the roads in the area around Atlanta are slick due to heavy rainfall in the area. The wet roads are leading to slow traffic as drivers exercise caution in the area.*
Collisions were reported in DeKalb and Cherokee Counties. The accidents slowed traffic even further.
On Interstate 575 South a tractor-trailer rolled over leading to all lanes being shut down. Drivers are being diverted around the area.
Driving in bad weather presents a number of risks and challenges. Rain can reduce visibility on the roadways and create slick, slippery pavement. Snow and ice can cause cars to slide, and fog can make it difficult to see the road ahead.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reports that there are more than 5,891,000 vehicle collisions in the United States every year. Out of all collisions, the weather is a factor in about 21 percent, or close to 1,235,000 collisions annually.
Weather-related crashes kill an estimated 5,000 people a year.
The weather event associated with the most car accidents is rain. About 70 percent of weather-related crashes are the result of wet roads, and around 46 percent of weather-related crashes take place during rainfall. Snow, sleet, and ice cause a high number of crashes as well, and just 3 percent of weather-related crashes are the result of fog. Rain is likely the main cause because it is more common and occurs regularly in more parts of the county. There are states that rarely or never get snow or ice.
The FHWA also reports that traffic slows down during inclement weather and that in heavy rain. Average vehicle speeds can lower anywhere from 3 to 16 percent.
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