According to the Department of Transportation, about one-fourth of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by bad weather. Occasionally, North Carolina residents will have to operate their vehicles in adverse weather conditions, such as high winds. It is important that motorists know how to safely operate their cars in high winds. Windy conditions can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, resulting in a collision.
If you or a loved one has been involved in weather-related auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact a Winston-Salem car accident lawyer today to explore your legal options.
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Driving in Windy Weather
Driving in high winds can be very dangerous for motorists of all skill levels. North Carolina drivers should follow the tips below when driving in windy weather:
Motorists need to slow down when driving in windy conditions. The crosswinds can make it difficult to control your car, especially if you are driving a large vehicle such as a RV or you’re towing a trailer. High winds are usually accompanied by rain or winter precipitation. Be careful when driving on slippery roads. Also, you may need to correct your steering when moving from a protected area to an unprotected area.
Keep Both Hands on the Wheel
Whenever you are driving in unstable weather, you should always keep your hands at 9 and 3 (or 8 and 4). By keeping your hands in this position, you will be able to react to any sudden wind gusts or abrupt maneuvers by other drivers.
Avoid Large Vehicles
Windy weather can be very troublesome for large vehicles including buses, commercial trucks and campers. Avoid these types of vehicles, if possible.
Be on the Lookout for Flying Objects
High winds can cause property damage, downed trees and other types of debris to fly into the street, causing a road hazard. After a storm, it may take several days for the roads to be cleaned up, so be cautious.
Don’t Stop on a Bridge
Stopping on a bridge during windy weather can be more dangerous than driving on the bridge. In 1989, a woman who was driving a small Yugo decided to stop her car on the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan during high winds. Gale-forced winds picked up her car and carried it over the side of the bridge. It was later determined that stopping on the bridge made it easier for the winds to push her car over the barrier.
Windy weather can knock down power lines. Watch out for them after high winds. If you see any downed power lines, call 911.
Following the tips above will help keep you and your loved ones safe when driving in high winds.
There are times when government officials will close public roads and highways during high winds. If the government shuts down the roads, it is important for individuals to follow these advisories.
North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers
In 2011, there were 9,328 weather-related accidents in North Carolina. If you or a loved one was involved in car accident at no-fault of your own, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. Contact an experienced attorney to learn about the legal rights available to accident victims.
At Lewis & Keller, we offer free legal consultations to individuals that believe they may have a legal claim. During your consultation, an attorney will review the circumstances of your accident and advise you on the best course of action to pursue.
To schedule a confidential case evaluation, fill out the contact form on this page.