Atlanta Automobile Accident Attorneys Debunk Some Icy Road Myths
Winter in Georgia means the potential for icy roads. Icy roads create serious hazards for drivers and can result in a number of accidents. There are many misconceptions concerning icy roads, which could lead drivers to make dangerous mistakes.
The following is a look at some icy roads myths:
Myth #1: I am a good driver and have the skill to drive at normal speeds during icy conditions.
No one has the skill or experience to drive at high rates of speed in icy conditions. Overconfidence is, in fact, a considerable factor in many icy road crashes. You must slow down when the roads are icy, traveling under 45 miles per hour at all times and often much slower. Exceeding this speed can lead to loss of control of your vehicle due to the diminished traction caused by the ice.
Myth #2: I drive a large truck or SUV so I can drive at normal speeds on icy roads.
This is a related myth and one many of us have seen in practice. Drivers of large trucks or SUVs tend to drive fast on the roads even if they are icy, evidencing a false sense of security due to the size of their vehicle. No matter how large your vehicle, you are at considerable risk of losing control on icy roadways. Consequently, you must slow down and adjust your driving to the conditions of the road or risk an accident.
Myth #3: Georgia is not that cold, therefore my risk of injury on icy roads is less than in the Northeast where snow is more prevalent.
In fact, fatality and deaths rates are highest in states which only see a handful of ice events each year. This is in part due to drivers' relative inexperience with handling icy conditions. Further, the warmer temperatures in Georgia can actually create slicker conditions as any snow will likely form ice on the roadways, rather than sticking.
Myth #4: If I am injured in an accident while there is ice on the roads I will not be entitled to compensation since the accident was caused by poor weather conditions.
Poor weather conditions are a major cause of accidents, but all drivers must react to the road conditions and adjust their driving to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them. If you are injured in an accident while the roads are icy, you should be entitled to compensation from the other driver if that driver acted in a negligent manner to cause the accident. This could include driving at speeds higher than are safe given the road conditions.
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