The recent snow and ice across the region have led to an increase in car accidents on Kentucky roads. Many experienced Kentucky car accident attorneys know that combining distracted driving, speeding, and other negligent behaviors behind the wheel with snowy or icy weather is a prime recipe for a serious crash.
A three-vehicle crash on the WK Parkway in Ohio County tied up traffic for hours after three tractor-trailers collided with one another. A number of slide-offs, especially in Hopkins County, also slowed down traffic and increased the risk of an additional pile-up. Many multi-vehicle accidents in winter are triggered by one vehicle hitting its brakes to accommodate a driver who has slid off the road, which results in vehicles behind the lead vehicle being unable to slow down or stop in time to avoid a chain-reaction collision.
The Southern Penyrile Parkway also saw a number of slide-offs and other accidents, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, as did large areas of Interstate 69. Although freeways and major highways are often treated for snow and ice, salt and other chemicals may not work as well at lower temperatures. Even after plowing and salting, slick spots can pose dangers to drivers, especially if they are speeding or distracted. Paying careful attention and controlling speeds to account for changing road conditions are key to reducing your risk of a winter crash.
If you’ve been injured in a Kentucky car accident, please don’t hesitate to contact attorney Tad Thomas to learn more about your legal rights.