It is relatively early in the winter, but Georgia residents are already experiencing the hazards of winter storms. Not only does this make it difficult to perform everyday tasks, but it can place people in jeopardy of injuries and loss of life in an auto accident. Residents and travelers through the areas that were hit by the recent inclement weather were warned to take to the roads only if necessary and to be extra cautious if they did head out. Even as the storm passed, certain challenges lingered. One that might not get significant attention is black ice. People should be aware of its risk and take precautions.
Understanding black ice and how it might cause accidents
Unlike ice in general, black ice can be present on the road even if it is not visible to the naked eye. This is even a concern when the roads appear clear. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is vigilant about reminding drivers about it. It gives drivers various pieces of advice to enhance safety. First, drivers should remember that slamming on their brakes is the worst possible thing to do when skidding as it only makes it harder to regain control. Tapping the brakes and remaining calm is exponentially better to come to a safe stop.
Another strategy is to ensure that the steering wheel is pointed straight ahead. Making sudden moves left and right is a surefire way to go out of control and have an accident. Today’s vehicles have traction control, but that may not help with stopping on black ice. If skidding becomes problematic, drivers should look for areas that have gravel or even snow. A crucial point to remember is that it is vital to remain relaxed and not to panic even if the roads are slippery and the weather is difficult to handle.
Professional advice can be crucial when deciding on a strategy after an accident
The roads can be challenging year-round. With drivers who are distracted, under the influence, reckless, negligent and drowsy, a motor vehicle accident can happen without warning regardless of the weather. Poor weather and black ice is an issue that is limited to relatively short periods of the year. That, however, does not make it any less worrisome. When there is an accident, people can suffer severe injuries, need extensive medical treatment, be unable to work and leave them facing the accompanying financial ramifications. When there is a fatality, the family left behind will need to try and get beyond their loss in an emotional, personal and financial way. An investigation is essential to determine the cause. From the start, it is imperative to have guidance to decide how to proceed.