Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas leaving a path of devastation in its wake. However, some of the worst damage and the most dangerous conditions were caused by flooding. Flooding and storm debris made it impossible for residents and rescue workers to traverse city streets in Houston.
While we do not see the impact of a hurricane in our area, we do have storms that can cause severe damage. When a storm causes damage, it can create road hazards that increase the risk of injury or traffic accidents. Avoiding these road hazards can help you decrease your chance of a traffic accident after a severe storm.
Dangerous Road Hazards After a Storm
Flooded roads are one of the most common dangers after a strong thunderstorm. Flash floods can quickly and unexpectedly wash out roads causing dangerous situations for motorists. When you approach standing water or rushing water across a road, it is best to turn around and found another route. It is impossible to know how deep the water is until you are in the middle of it. By this time, your vehicle can become stranded and begin filling up with water or you could lose control of your vehicle.
Another road hazard after a storm is fallen branches, trees, and other debris. Wind can cause branches to break and cover the road. Trees can be uprooted or crack and block the road. At the very least, a strong storm can cause leaves and other small debris to litter the road creating a sliding hazard. If you are driving during a storm or right after a violent storm, watch for downed trees, fallen branches, and other debris. Slow down to allow yourself additional time to stop or evade road debris from the storm.
Downed power or utility lines are another danger that you must watch for after a storm. Never assume that a power line is “dead” and safe to drive over. Even if the line is not “live,” the line can become tangled in your vehicle causing a crash. Furthermore, you do not know when the power company could return power to that area. Always avoid downed power and utility lines whenever possible.
Traffic lights that are not functioning because of a power outage or damage from the storm can create a dangerous intersection. Some drivers do not understand how to treat an intersection where a traffic light is malfunctioning. Slow down and look for oncoming traffic even if you have the right of way.
Get Help with An Accident Claim from an Erie Personal Injury Attorney
If you or your family member is injured in a traffic accident, you might be entitled to recover money for your damages. Medical bills and lost wages can be significant if your injury requires you to have surgery and miss work for several weeks or months while you recover. In addition, your pain and suffering can be substantial, and you deserve to be compensated for these damages.
Our Erie accident attorneys are here to help you when you need an attorney to fight for your right to recover a fair and just amount for your claim. Call The Travis Law Firm at (800) 401-2066 to request a free legal consultation with an experienced Erie injury attorney.