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Mitigating the hazards of driving during tornadoes

| May 25, 2021 | Injuries |

Colorado motorists will know that the following few months pose significant tornado risks. Furthermore, hail and lightning are just as expected during the thunderstorms that ultimately form tornadoes. Driving in tornadoes is extremely dangerous and needs the driver’s undivided attention. There is also the risk of other drivers not taking the necessary care. Safety authorities advise people to avoid driving during severe weather conditions unless they have no other option. 

Tornadoes are unpredictable 

While some may regard tornadoes as no more than churning columns of high winds, tornadoes are erratic and could change direction in the blink of an eye. Furthermore, tornadoes collect debris as they move across an area, all of which form dangerous projectiles that are best avoided. Another danger is the hailstorms that typically occur during these extreme weather conditions. 

Steps to stay safe during a tornado 

Staying indoors during the approach of a tornado and when it strikes is the best way to keep safe. An interior room or the basement of a sturdy building provides the best protection. However, any driver who cannot escape into shelter can take the following precautionary steps: 

  • Leave the roadway entirely. Pulling onto the shoulder of the road is not enough. 
  • Note that tunnels and under and overpasses do not protect because they channel high winds. 
  • It is best to duck down and stay below the car’s window levels, under a blanket if possible. 
  • Seeking levels lower than the roadway surface can be safer. 
  • If there is no hail, motorists are advised to exit the car and lie in low-level areas, covering their heads. 

Despite following safety precautions, motorists in Colorado could fall victim to the negligence of other drivers. Victims of such car accidents might have grounds to file personal injury lawsuits in a civil court. If they can establish negligence, medical expenses and other financial and emotional damages might be recoverable. 

 

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