According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are 5,891,000 vehicle crashes each year. Almost ¼ – 1,235,000 are weather-related. While snow and ice are certainly treacherous, it turns out that pavement slicked from rainfall is the most dangerous times for automobile accidents. 70% of weather-related crashes take place on wet pavement. 46% occur during active rainfall. During rainfall, it is important to slow down and leave extra room for stopping. If you do lose control, try not to overcorrect, which can lead to an accident.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a fire truck accident that injured Dekalb County firefighters.
The crash happened at about 9:30 p.m. on Monday. Dekalb Fire Captain Dion Bentley reported that three firefighters were injured in a single-vehicle crash on Flat Shoals Road. The truck was answering a call about a fire at an apartment complex when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole.
The three firefighters suffered from moderate injuries. Marq Morgan, who has been with the Dekalb Fire Department for a year, was treated and released. Two-year veteran Matthew Bradshae and 18-year veteran Capt. Terence Wilkes were all still being evaluated at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Since storms had recently moved through the area, officials report that slick roadways may have played a part in the crash. The accident is still being investigated and officials have not announced an official reason for the crash.
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