Be vigilant while driving on wet roads
Date: September 27, 2010
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
Type: Automobile Accident
When a storm hits our area be extra careful when you are on the road.
Most of us are aware of other cars and the slickness of the road when a thunderstorm hits, but we do not usually think about a massive tree branch or downed power line. This is why it is so important to be prepared if you suddenly approach either item on the street.
You need to remain calm and apply moderate pressure to your brakes so you do not suddenly skid out and wind up slamming into the tree or driving across a live power line. This can be challenging, especially if there are other vehicles around you or you come across the tree or power line around a turn. This is why being extremely careful and going below the speed limit is necessary in these situations. You should not be speeding immediately after a major storm came through town. Caution is the name of the game.
If you wind up driving over a downed power line, be extremely careful. Do not try to get out of your car since the line may have energized your vehicle (the metal on your car is a conductor for electricity) and touching the door could electrocute you. Call 911 right away.