While this winter has been relatively mild, a winter snow storm created havoc for drivers Sunday and Monday in the southern states, creating dozens of accidents because of the slippery roads.
In Tennessee, approximately 20 cars were involved in crashes along a three-mile stretch of Interstate 75 on Sunday afternoon when the storm first hit. The Tennessee Highway Patrol shut down the interstate just after 2 p.m. Sunday because of the multiple accidents and treacherous road conditions. Drivers that were on the roads were experiencing white out conditions because of the heavy snow and fog. In one accident, a youth was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital. The highway eventually reopened later in the evening after the snow had subsided.
The storm brought approximately nine inches of snow in some areas and not only caused traffic problems, but also knocked down power lines leaving many residents without power.
While Mother Nature has a mind of her own, it's best to check the weather and road conditions before venturing out so that you can be up-to-date on any impending weather that could affect your safety while driving. If you do find yourself involved in a car accident, get the medical attention you need first and then call an experienced personal injury attorney if you've been injured because of the negligence of another driver. Your attorney can help you figure out your options and provide you with an approach that fits your situation, and will work on your behalf with the insurance company to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Source: Foxnews.com, "Southern snowstorm leaves icy roads, power outages," Feb. 20, 2012