Deaths in Freak Alabama Storm a Reminder of Winter Risks

We’ve been seeing some radical weather lately. This rare winter storm has been wreaking havoc in our state, and especially on the highways.

Traffic in the areas has been at a standstill, even leaving people to walk the interstate in search of snacks and water to make it through the night. Some were lucky enough to hit the road with a full tank of gas and a phone charger, but not all of them.

Our Montgomery car accident lawyers understand that the freak storm has already been blamed for close to 15 fatalities. According to USA TODAY, At least 9 of those people died in traffic collisions. In Alabama, where freezing rain made driving perilous, at least five people were killed in weather-related traffic accidents Tuesday, state Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Steve Jarrett said. The arctic blast crippling much of the deep South has prompted six states to declare emergencies and brought criticism on the National Weather Service and state and local governments. Alabama was one of those states under a state of emergency.

“There are still four or five areas on our interstates that are still treacherous. The traffic is still proceeding very slowly, but we are making progress,” Gov. Robert Bentley said.

Officials have been pleading for residents and travelers to stay home. Many of the roads in the south have been littered with abandoned vehicles and are largely still impassible.

Add inexperience with the snow to the lack of necessary equipment and crews to treat the roads, and, well, you can read all of the headlines. Many cities across the region don’t have big fleets of salt trucks or snowplows, and it showed. Dozens of wrecks happened from Georgia to Texas.

On the Gulf Shores beaches in Alabama, icicles hung from palm trees. Hundreds of students in the northeastern part of the state faced spending the night in gyms or classrooms because the roads were too icy.

According to The Weather Channel, the best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. If you do decide to drive and you end up stuck out there, it’s important that you take all of the proper safety precautions to protect yourself. According to CNN, it’s safer inside your car than it is for you to go exploring outside. For one thing, it’s warmer. You’d be surprised how quickly hypothermia can set in. Unless of course, there’s a gas station or some other building nearby where you can get warm and stay safe. Try to avoid sleeping if you can, and especially don’t do it if the engine is running. You want to beware of carbon monoxide. Use your cell phone and call for help. Stay put and stay warm.

Call Allred & Allred P.C. at 334.396.9200 if you or someone you love has been injured in an accident.

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