A morning of harsh weather conditions in Georgia contributed to a number of car accidents and safety issues. High winds, heavy rain, and even tornados reportedly touched down in Southern Georgia. According to The National Weather Service, a tornado damaged homes in the Holly Hills community of Laurens County north of Dublin the morning of February 21. At least one home was ruined and a number of others were damaged by falling trees. Traffic was affected by the dangerous conditions as well. In one instance, a child was injured when several trees fell near the roadway.
According to a news report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a child was injured in a weather-related car accident at Oak Knoll and Crossgate drives. The stormy weather also contributed to a tractor-trailer crash that jammed traffic on 1-20 and 1-285. The truck was hauling copper wire when it overturned and slammed into the median wall. Officials believe that severe rainfall may have caused the truck to veer out of control.
It is possible that Atlanta drivers will have to contend with these types of dangerous conditions for a while longer. The severe storms that have plagued Atlanta this February may not yet be going away.
If you have to drive in these dangerous conditions, make sure your tires are fully inflated, your windshield wipers work, and your vehicle has plenty of anti-freeze. When driving, only travel at speeds that are safe for the weather, traffic, and roadway conditions. If your visibility is limited or if the roadways are not clear of ice, you should slow down. When conditions are particularly dangerous, it is best to stay at home and wait it out. If you have been injured in a car crash, please contact an experienced Georgia personal injury lawyer to better understand your legal rights and options.