On the morning of February 15th, an accident involving a garbage truck and a passenger vehicle occurred in Harlingen on the westbound lane of Expressway 83 near the Altas Palmas exit.
Local authorities cite that freezing conditions on the road played a pivotal factor.
No further injuries have been reported thus far and the accident remains under investigation.
When driving in dangerous winter weather conditions, including freezing temperatures, you put yourself at risk of losing control of your vehicle due to icy and slippery roads.
Black ice tends to develop on roadways when temperatures are below freezing. Black ice serves as a major threat to all drivers if they do not take road conditions seriously.
As per research conducted by the United States Federal Highway Administration (USFHA), there are at least 900 fatalities and 76,000 reported injuries on an annual basis as a result of icy, sleet, and snowy conditions.
In a separate study conducted between 2007-2016, the USFHA concluded that over 70% of weather-related accidents during that time frame occurred on roads with wet pavement.
Tips for Driving in Dangerous Weather Conditions
While it is best to stay off the roads during severe weather, there are many instances where that is not possible. If you must drive during winter weather conditions, please keep the following tips in mind:
- Drive with caution: It is crucial to travel at a reduced speed and to be fully aware of your surroundings in case you need to make a sudden stop. Check your vehicle’s brakes and pressure on each tire in order to avoid a sudden slip-up on the roadway.
- Use windshield wipers and defog your windows: While visibility on the road tends to be reduced, windshield wipers and defogging your windows can help to improve visibility.
- Avoid sudden braking: Due to unstable road conditions, it is best to avoid suddenly braking as slippery roads can cause your brakes to lock and lead to you losing control of your vehicle.
- Have an emergency kit: When driving in severe weather conditions, it is best to be equipped with an emergency kit that includes jumper cables, ice scrapers, anti-freeze, blankets, and other useful products that can help you during an emergency.
Involved in a Weather-Related Accident? Don’t Hesitate to Seek Legal Help!
While you may take the necessary precautions to protect yourself when driving in severe weather conditions, others may not necessarily do the same. If you have been involved in an accident during inclement weather caused by a negligent driver, do not hesitate to get in touch with J.Gonzalez Injury Attorneys, the Rio Grande Valley’s top lawyers.
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Source: Valley Central