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Dangerous conditions lead to car accidents in Charleston

Winter weather has struck hard in many parts of the country including West Virginia. Freezing temperatures combined with snow and ice make for difficult and dangerous driving conditions. Although crews of workers respond to the weather with plows and salt mixtures, it is usually impossible for them to eliminate all slippery substances from the roads.

Recent car accidents in Charleston highlight the risks of driving in inclement weather. Seven cars were involved in one of the accidents, which occurred on Cabin Creek Road. At least two vehicles crashed followed by other cars that collided into the wrecked vehicles. A coal truck then jack-knifed as its driver attempted to avoid the multi-car pileup.

Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers believe that snow and black ice were the culprits behind this accident and many others that occurred around the same time. Reports did not indicate whether anyone suffered injuries from the accidents.

Nobody can control winter weather like snow and ice. But, drivers can control how they drive when the weather takes a turn for the worse. People should take extra precautions when driving in such conditions; this may include driving at reduced speeds and not following other vehicles too closely.

Poor weather often creates conditions that lead to increased numbers of car accidents. However, in many of these cases, it is a negligent driver that actually causes the accident. Drivers always have a responsibility to exercise care toward the safety of others on the road, even when the weather is ugly. Failure to do so may result in liability for any damages that they cause.

West Virginia drivers should take their common sense on the road with them and be careful when traveling in inclement driving conditions.

Source: The Charleston Gazette, "Seven-car wreck closes portion of Cabin Creek Road," Jan. 2, 2014

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