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Heavy snow causes difficult driving in Charleston

Winter Storm Jonas pounded Charleston with more snowfall from a single storm than the area has seen since 1996. Predictably, the brutal weather made safe driving virtually impossible. Charleston Police and other public works groups had to clear dozens of passenger vehicles that were stranded throughout the city.

In addition to problems for people traveling in passenger vehicles, the snow storm wreaked havoc for commercial truckers. State officials had to close stretches of both Interstates 77 and 64 because tractor-trailers jackknifed as drivers attempted to push through 15 inches of snow. Several miles of I-64 had to be closed to tractor-trailer traffic from 6 p.m. on January 22 until 2 a.m. the next morning.

Nobody can control the weather conditions. However, everyone can control how they react when the weather turns dangerous. When forecasters predict inclement weather, people should plan to limit their driving as much as possible. Furthermore, if people find themselves on the road when the weather makes driving virtually impossible, stopping and waiting may be a wiser course of action than just trying to push through the danger.

Commercial truck drivers are usually trying to cover large distances in as little time as possible. But, their tight timetables cannot come at the risk of a truck accident. Nothing is as important as safety, and no driver, including truckers, should risk a collision just to make it to their destination by a certain time.

Snow and ice on the road can lead to multi-vehicle accidents with serious injuries and even death. But just because the weather may be a contributing factor does not mean that another driver's negligence didn't also play a role in the accident. Regardless of the weather, when a person's unsafe driving leads to an accident, injured victims have legal rights against that driver.

Source: Metro News, "Jonas jackknives interstate travel through Charleston corridor," Jeff Jenkins, Jan. 22, 2016

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