Kentucky Cold-Weather Roadway Conditions
Each year, Every state has various procedures in place to handle the changes in weather patterns and conditions as the weather begins to drop below freezing. Kentucky follows suit in the same fashion. Highway response teams across the state serve weekly on-call rotations, and the teams monitor weather reports when snow is in the forecast and determine when to activate the state's arsenal of snow-fighting equipment.
How the State Prepares
The state's tractor-trailer plows are also considered a part of the highway safety unit and respond to about 3,000 calls per winter.
Some local governments operate emergency snow-removal programs, but most counties have a snow and ice control division run by county road maintenance crews. Since most counties handle salt and brine on their own, those county road maintenance crews are trained to read weather reports and respond accordingly, mainly to ensure that motorists are taken care of, according to an official from District 7 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Some counties have contracted with private contractors to help with snow and ice control. It is estimated that in Kentucky counties that make contracts with private contractors for snow removal, they typically put about 40 trucks on the road during each storm. Both private and county crews often share equipment.
How Environmental Factors Affect Kentucky Drivers
With almost half of the state's counties being rural, it's no shock that environmental factors play a significant role in the state's traffic collisions and account for about 20% overall. Among the 13 environmental factors that police can choose to list in their reports, several outrank driver factors when it comes to involvement in traffic accidents. Slippery surfaces were the most notable and garnered 15,451 collisions.
Tips For Driving in Freezing Temperatures
Whether you are a seasoned winter driver or just freshly received your license, following the safest practices for freezing road conditions is essential. Some good tips to keep in mind are:
- Stay on main roads and avoid secondary roads. These tend to be busier and can become slippery.
- Give extra space to pedestrians and drive defensively when approaching pedestrians.
- Use extra caution when turning, backing up, or exiting a vehicle.
- Slow down in any slippery conditions, and always turn on your headlights.
- Stay alert for pedestrians and other road users, and remember that cars passing by too quickly could trigger a skid.
- Don't stop in the middle of a lane. This causes both drivers and bikes to lose traction and could lead to a crash.
- Keep your gas tank as full as possible to prevent fuel line freeze-up.
When We Can Step In
If you or a loved one has been injured on Kentucky roads due to another driver's negligent action or lack of care, attentiveness, and alertness due to changes in weather conditions, Bruce Bentley, Attorney At Law is here to help. Our attorneys understand how complex these situations can be and will work with you to achieve the appropriate compensation for your unique circumstances.
Our office wants to help you get the care, justice, and compensation you need. Call our office today at (606) 332-2494 to schedule your free consultation. We will review the details of your case and develop the best approach that is unique to your situation.