Driving Safely on Georgia’s Icy Roadways
A truck driver was injured when his vehicle skidded and overturned in Gilmer County. According to a WSB-TV news report, the truck accident occurred on Old Highway 5 just outside of downtown Ellijay. Officials say the truck, which was transporting more than 1,000 chickens to a processing plant, skidded on an ice-covered bridge. The bridge was frozen over and the vehicle overturned. The driver suffered minor injuries.
The cold, icy conditions have made traveling in Georgia treacherous this winter. It is absolutely vital that all motorists exercise due care when traveling in these icy conditions. Before getting on the road, it is advisable to check your tires. You want to have properly inflated tires that have adequate tread to grip the road.
For some young Georgia drivers, this may be their first time operating a vehicle in this type of weather. It is important to teach young drivers about slowing down and leaving additional space between vehicles. It takes longer to stop in icy conditions and it is easy to lose control when changing lanes or making a turn. When you are attempting to stop, it is important to know what type of brakes your vehicle has. If you have anti-lock brakes, you should hold the pedal down firmly. If, however, you do not have anti-lock brakes, it may be in your best interest to pump the brakes until you gain traction.
If you are involved in a Georgia car accident involving icy roadway conditions, you may want to discuss your legal rights and options with a skilled lawyer. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to receive monetary compensation for your losses. An experienced Atlanta dangerous roadway accident lawyer will be able to give you more information regarding your legal rights and options.
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