Deadly Charleston Car Accidents Likely to Rise with Inclement Weather

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Charleston residents are seeing some of the coldest temperatures all season. Aside from the subfreezing conditions, low-lying areas are also reporting ice and snow. Dense fog warnings are widespread and the National Weather Service estimates that visibility is only about a quarter mile in some areas, while in others, it's near zero. According to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report, approximately 70% of fatal collisions involve ice and snow, which could signal that deadly car accidents in Charleston may surge temporarily. Per the National Weather Service, residents are urged to take precautions, as the low visibility creates hazardous road conditions. Ice and Snow Speed is a common factor in collisions involving ice and snow. Be sure to adjust your rate to suit road conditions, well below the posted speed limit if need be. Bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas will ice over before other areas, so be especially vigilant. Should you skid, it's safest to ease off the gas and brake gently, while turning the wheels in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go. Additional tips for driving in ice and snow are as follows:

  • Allow three-times more following-distance between yourself and the car ahead of you than you normally would.
  • Only drive when you're alert and well.
  • Avoid abrupt maneuvers, as they can increase your chances of a skid.
  • Don't take your vehicle into areas it isn't equipped to handle.
  • Use Electronic-Stability Control (ESC),if your vehicle has it.
  • Be sure to remove snow and ice from all windows, mirrors, and lights to ensure you can see and that others can see you. Additionally, drive with your lights on, to help other motorists identify you.
  • Don't use cruise control.
  • See the South Carolina Department of Public Safety website for more suggestions.

Fog Whenever possible, avoid driving in fog. Density and visibility can change quickly, so it's important to know how to handle it even if you don't plan to be on the road.

  • Drive slow. Speed is a common factor in fog-related collisions.
  • Reduce distractions inside the vehicle, such as phones, radios, and conversations.
  • Increase your visibility by using low-beam headlights, defrosters, and windshield wipers.
  • Listen for other vehicles instead of relying on sight only.
  • Don't stop on a highway or other heavily-traveled road. Vehicles behind you may follow your lights, which can result in a chain-reaction of car accidents.
  • Check out com for in-depth explanations and more tips on driving in fog.

Charleston Car Accident Attorney

If you have been injured, or have lost a loved one on a South Carolina roadway, you may be entitled to compensation. We offer no-fee consultations and may be able to help you receive a just settlement. Courts commonly award reparations for medical treatment, damage, time off work, and noneconomic damages. Additionally, you could be eligible to receive coverage for funeral expenses or long-term care. Please tell us about your case using our online form, or speak directly with one of our attorneys by calling 1(800)610-2546.

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