Sheets of pouring rain stretching from Anderson to Augusta were reported to be a factor in numerous serious accidents along U.S. 278 and across both states.
Our Anderson personal injury lawyers understand that authorities are attributing about five back-to-back crashes on low visibility and slick roads caused by the inclement weather. In truth, the responsibility lies with those drivers who failed to respond appropriately to the conditions.
The bottom line is that while no one controls the weather, we can control our reactions to it. Every single person who gets behind that wheel must take this responsibility very seriously, not only for their own personal safety but for all of the rest of us who share the road.
According to the South Carolina Highway patrol, a recent Thursday morning saw at least five crashes along the rain-soaked expressway. One was reported on Silver Bluff Road just after 6 a.m. As crews were responding to that scene, another wreck was reported on Herndon Dairy Road about a half hour later. Then a third accident followed on U.S. 278 around 7:30 a.m. By 8 a.m., there was a fourth crash on Sudlow Lake Road, and then a fifth crash was reported a short time later at Pear Orchard Road.
Morning commuters were left to cope with major delays, but we don't have any immediate word on the extent of the injuries.
In March, the weather table in South Carolina indicates that we see anywhere from 3.8 to 5.3 inches of rain, depending on the location.
We hear an awful lot about safe winter driving hazards, but rain doesn't get as much attention, even though it's equally perilous. In particular, teen drivers need to be educated about how to operate and control their vehicles in poor conditions - especially when they crop up unexpectedly.
SmartMotorist.com officers a long list of rainy safe driving tips that we have found to be especially on point:
- Slow down. This is a good idea anytime you face an altered road condition. In the rain, it's going to take you longer to stop or adjust gears. Play it safe by lowering your speed.
- If you can, stay in the middle lanes. We know that rainwater has a tendency to pool along the edges of the roadway, and this can cause you to skid (especially if you're going fast!).
- Keep a fair distances from big tractor trailers or buses, which have a tendency to have the propensity to kick back visibility-reducing spray.
- Try to avoid slamming on the brakes. In wet conditions, it's usually more effective to ease your foot off the accelerator if you need to slow down.
- Flip your headlights on, even if there's only a light rain. It helps you see and it helps other drivers to see you.
- Prepare for potentially rainy weather by replacing old wipers.
- If you can, try to avoid off-road driving. Puddle depth can be tough to judge from inside a vehicle, and you risk potentially getting stuck.
- If you find your visibility is significantly reduced - especially at night - pull over and wait it out. This might seem an inconvenience, but consider that in these conditions, wildlife, pedestrians and sometimes even other cars, can be difficult to see.
- If you approach a puddle, do so slowly. If the rainwater is higher than the bottom of your doors, turn around and find another route.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
Many accidents on rainy morning, Feb. 26, 2013, Staff Report, The Augusta Chronicle
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