As we talked about in our previous post, there are some hazards of the road that we sometimes do not have control over. Weather is one of the most prominent influences in driving safety in Tennessee and all over the world. We can prepare for certain kinds of weather with defrost, snow tires and windshield wipers, but sometimes even the most cautious of drivers loses control of their vehicle due to weather conditions.
One Tennessee man is reported to have recently lost control of his vehicle due to the slick roads and wet leaves on the ground, making it difficult for his tires to achieve a safe amount of traction, presumably. The car crash, in Hawkins County, resulted in his vehicle going off the road and hitting a house. The car went through a wall and into an unsuspecting, 63-year-old home woman's kitchen. The driver did not sustain any injuries of note and the woman whose kitchen her car went into reportedly had some minor ones.
As we are nearing winter, it's important to make sure your vehicle is in proper working order. No matter the amount of snow, rain or ice, they can still cause an accident. Keeping an eye out for notices of bad weather and knowing how to maneuver your car in case you lose control due to hydroplaning or drifting can help you in a scary situation. Also, checking to see what kind of brakes you have will help. The woman whose kitchen was crashed into in this case may be a candidate for a personal injury claim, as she reportedly wound up with some minor injuries from the incident and the man driving was given a citation for failure to maintain control.
Drivers have a lot to think about already, but knowing the area and Tennessee weather can help you feel more confident as you're out on the roads. If you should find yourself with injuries from a weather- or environment-related accident, knowing what caused it can help. If you believe it was caused as a result of someone else's negligence, working with an attorney to find out if you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries could help you to know how to proceed.
Source: wbir.com, "Car crashes into kitchen of Hawkins Co. home," Oct. 15, 2012