Beware of icy roads. On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at least one person was injured after a car hit a guardrail on Shelbyville Road in eastern Jefferson County. According to MetroSafe, the road was very icy at the time of the accident. The accident occurred before 9:00 a.m. near Long Run Road. In relation to this, it was reported that there were 54 non-injury accidents and 10 accidents that took place on the same road and same day between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. Authorities said that the ground temperature in the area remained below freezing, and this caused the accidents.
- Each year, 24% of weather-related vehicle crashes happen on snowy, slushy or icy pavement and 15% occur during snowfall or sleet.
- Every year, fatalities in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy pavement reach more than 1,300 people. These conditions injure over 116,800 people.
- About 900 people are killed and around 76,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes during snowfall or sleet annually.
- In January 2010, Kentucky experienced one of the deadliest winter storms when it came to icy roads.
Winter safety tips
Winter driving is no joke, especially in the Kentuckiana area. We've had some bad winters over the past couple of years. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you're driving on snow or ice covered roads:
- Wear your seat belt. This is just a reminder that regardless of the season, we have to wear seat belts regularly and properly. When a seat belt is not worn, there is a higher chance of fatality. Let’s keep in mind that wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50% and can definitely save lives.
- Focus, don’t be distracted. When traveling on icy roads, you need to focus more and pay attention to your surroundings. Be particularly aware of bridges and elevated roadways.
- Reduce speed. Slow down and maintain a good distance between you and other vehicles.
- Equip your vehicle. If there’s a need to travel during winter, it is best to prepare your vehicle. Make sure that you clear the windows and mirrors. Also, use snow tires, if possible, to provide a better grip.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I know how difficult it is to travel on icy roads. What’s worse is that ice and snow on roadways kills more people than all other forms of severe weather combined. That’s why I shared some winter driving tips. Please be careful on snowy or icy roads.