Icy blasts and winter storms cover South Carolina

If you're living in the south right now, then you know that the snow storms have come and made driving a difficult endeavor. In South Carolina, a state of emergency was declared due to the strength of the storm, and so far, that storm has been responsible for the deaths of 13 people.

A Jan. 30 news release reported that some areas in the south have been faced with gridlock due to the state of the roadways. In Georgia, for instance, over 1,200 motor vehicle accidents have been reported, and out of those, there were around 130 injuries and at least two deaths. But who is at fault in these accidents? While many could be one-vehicle accidents from sliding off the roadways and hitting objects, two-vehicle or pile-up accidents can often be attributed to a main cause after investigation. Sometimes, that case could be someone who was driving negligently; that includes moving too fast for the conditions.

According to the news, this storm has been bad because there wasn't much time for preparation before it hit. Cities like Atlanta were hit with 2-to-3.5 inches of snow, which is usually unheard of in the area. Without the equipment needed to clear the roadways quickly, many drivers found themselves trying to leave work and travel with slick roads, black ice, and poor visibility. Additionally, because of the time of day when the storm hit, many people were already at school or work, and this resulted in more people heading to the highways at the same time.

The burst of traffic combined with snow and ice was part of the reason there were so many accidents in the region. Sunshine is heading to the south, according to the news, but that leaves a potential for black ice, which can be incredibly dangerous for drivers. With the increase in damages and injuries, more people may be turning to their insurance or looking for legal advice for ways to recoup the costs of the damages.

Source:  Mashable, "Why Three Inches of Snow Turned Atlanta's Roads Into a Parking Lot" Kurt Wagner, Jan. 30, 2014