The metro Atlanta area is known for its congested and dangerous roadways. Normally, Georgia citizens do not have to worry about snow and ice making these roads more difficult. This weekend is a different story. Many Atlanta news stations are reporting that Friday morning commutes may be more problematic than usual this week due to an arctic air mass. This mass could potentially lead to freezing rain and sleet throughout much of Georgia. Many stations are warning citizens of metro Atlanta cities such as Marietta, Kennesaw, Woodstock, Johns Creek, and Smyrna to use extra caution if traveling in automobiles. Because Georgians rarely experience icy road conditions, this weather may result in a higher number of metro
Atlanta car wrecks over the weekend.
The freezing rain is expected to move into Georgia on Friday around sunrise. This rain is expected to freeze on contact in many areas due to cold air near the ground. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for many counties, including Cherokee, Bartow, Forsyth, and Chattooga and will last until late Friday night. North Georgia could potentially experience a quarter-inch of ice accumulation. Many counties in metro Atlanta are under a Freezing Rain Advisory from 6 AM until noon on Friday. The most troublesome areas will likely be elevated surfaces, such as overpasses or bridges.
Although the freezing weather will be less problematic in Georgia compared to more northern states, we want to warn drivers to use extra care while operating vehicles this weekend. Even with the small amount of ice accumulation known in Georgia, multiple deaths are attributed to accidents as a result each year. Many of the same techniques should be used while driving in icy conditions that are used in wet and slippery conditions. Below are some tips for driving in icy conditions in the metro Atlanta area:
- Slow down. You should decrease your speed when driving in rain, snow, sleet, or icy conditions. Driving 5 MPH faster actually will not allow you to arrive at your destination much sooner than if you drove at a safer speed.
- Leave room to stop. Drivers should allow three times more space than usual between your vehicle and those in front of you.
- Don't slam on your brakes. Gently braking will prevent slipping and skidding on ice or wet roads. Ease off the brake if your vehicle's wheels begin to lock up.
- Use your headlights. This increases your visibility on the road for other motorists.
- Clean your windows and windshields clean. Make sure your wiper blades are working well and clean the insides of the windows. Visibility is very important on wet or icy roads.
- Don't use cruise control.
- Do not assume your vehicle is safe. Even larger vehicles built for these conditions can experience problems on winter roads. Other vehicles often cause accidents that your car's four-wheel drive cannot prevent.
- Use extra caution on overpasses, bridges, and roads that aren't used often. These areas are likely to freeze first.
Between 2009 and 2010, news stations reported approximately 458 deaths as a result of icy road conditions in the United States. Not only are the roads more dangerous, but cold weather can result in falling trees, power outages, inoperable traffic signals, and more. The best method of safety is to stay off the roads when conditions are dangerous. If you must travel, leave earlier than you normally would so that you aren't tempted to rush.
At Jones & Swanson, our attorneys and staff receive inquiries from victims of auto accidents as a result of bad weather conditions often. Most often, it is due to rainy, slick roads and other vehicles not using enough caution. Ice makes roads even more dangerous, so we urge you to be cautious of other drivers this weekend. In the event that you or someone you know is involved in an accident because another driver did not exercise the appropriate amount of caution, contact us for a free consultation. Representation by an experienced
Marietta car accident attorney is important if you wish to be treated fairly by insurance companies after an accident. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we take cases that will generate monetary gain for the victims involved. In the event that your accident does not require the aid of an attorney, we will be happy to discuss with you the proper steps to take after a Georgia auto accident. Contact our office today at (770) 427-5498 or