Several weather-related traffic accidents have officials urging the public to drive cautiously during rainy conditions.
â€śThe main problem is that people donâ€™t adjust the way they drive during bad weather,â€ť Clay County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy James Switzer said, explaining that rain draws oil to the surface of a road and makes driving conditions much more slippery. â€śAccidents during this kind of weather creates road hazards and potential life threatening situations for drivers.â€ť
Switzer responded to three minor property damage accidents during his late Monday night, early Tuesday morning shift.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Monday, a driver in the Staunton area failed to navigate a corner and went off the roadway. No injuries were reported, but the front end of the vehicle sustained minor damage.
At 4:38 a.m. Tuesday, a driver traveling eastbound on United States 40 left the south side of the roadway, just east of Seelyville, because the vehicleâ€™s worn tires were unable to disperse the water on the roads. No injuries were reported and no damage was done to the vehicle, except for a flat tire.
Shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday, minor property damage was caused when a driver missed a turn in the early-morning darkness and rain in the area of CR 200 N and SR 59, causing the passenger side of the vehicle to go off the roadway. No injuries were reported.
Piles of fallen leaves in the roadway can also create slippery driving conditions, but Switzer said it was not a factor in any of the accidents he responded to.
â€śDrivers need to be cautious during bad weather and while driving at night,â€ť Switzer said. â€śPeople need to remember that it logically takes longer to stop during these weather conditions and be prepared to stop well before they need to.â€ť