DeKalb County, GA (October 11, 2018) – On Thursday morning I-20 East in DeKalb County was shut down for more than six hours because of a multi-vehicle crash. All I-20 traffic headed outbound was forced to exit at Columbia Drive.
At 2:38 AM, according to a DeKalb Police spokesperson, the I-285 interchange was shut down due to a major crash involving somewhere between seven to 10 vehicles. Seven people were injured and taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. While the investigation into this major wreck is still ongoing there seems to be little doubt in the minds of authorities that it was mainly caused by wet pavement from the rains brought by hurricane Michael.
The names of the persons involved have still not been released.
Georgia Accidents On Wet Roads
Being behind the wheel on a major highway already comes with its fair share of risks and dangers. Throw in a little undesirable weather and you could potentially have a recipe for unmitigated disaster. Most drivers are very aware that snow and ice make for slippery, unpredictable driving conditions but not every driver stops to consider that the very same thing is true about the rain. Rain diminishes your ability to be aware of your surroundings due to decreased visibility, and in turn, it makes you less visible to other drivers. It also hinders your ability to maintain complete control of your vehicle. One of the scariest things that can take place on a sufficiently wet road is hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is when your car goes across standing water that has collected in the road and, as you are driving through, it gathers back into its puddle faster than your car’s tires are able to push it out of the way. This causes your vehicle’s tire to lose contact with the road surface and actually glide across the road on a thin plane of standing water.
The biggest common-sense step that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of you hydroplaning is to reduce your speed. The slower you go the more you decrease your chances of experiencing this road phenomenon. Two identical cars traveling the exact same path can experience two different outcomes (one favorable, one not) if one is going the speed limit or above and the other is going well below. The decreased speed makes it easier for all four of your tires to maintain road contact. Drivers should also avoid attempting to accelerate suddenly as well.
If you have been injured or suffered damages in a car accident where hydroplaning was involved an investigation is key to finding out whether or not you are able to recoup any losses that you incurred. An experienced attorney, such as those here at Nye Law Group can help you do exactly that. Don’t wait until you realize that you need help navigating your way through this tricky legal situation.
Give us a call now at 912-200-5230 for a free consultation and see how we can help you.
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