The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s website showed what seemed to be much safer driving conditions for Missouri residents, just days after the state was pounded with over a foot of snow in some areas. There have been no wrongful death accidents reported on January 8, 2014 and there were no accidents with reports of serious injuries. Immediately following the snow storm, St. Louis and other major metropolitan areas of Missouri were forced to deal with the hazardous driving conditions brought on by the winter storm. Road crews, an effort lead by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot), responded quickly to the storm and immediately began plowing, spreading salt, and sand for traction.
Without the efforts of MoDot and the State Highway Patrol, Missouri residents would have been in much deeper trouble trying to drive their vehicles in the snow. Plow crews worked through the night on Sunday and their efforts helped to keep the streets cleared, if only for a short while. That’s because the storm continued to dump snow on St. Louis and surrounding areas through mid-day on Monday. With the storm came brutally cold temperatures, which only compounded the hazardous effect of the snow. The cold temperatures and gusting winds brought the “feel like” temperatures well below zero in many areas. When temperatures get this cold, it can take as little as 10 minutes for frost bite to occur, and hypothermia can set in just as fast.
Be Safe, Dress Warm And Take Extra Precautions
It’s important to dress warm for the winter, and to make sure that all potentially exposed areas of skin are properly covered up. Make sure to wear a scarf if you have one, and always bring gloves, and a hat with you when you decide to drive in these conditions. The main reason being in case you find yourself stuck on the side of the road. If you are traveling with small children it is especially important to make sure they are properly bundled up. Make sure to cover all exposed areas of their skin, and check on them periodically. Small children have a tendency to take off certain articles of clothing such as hats and gloves, so it’s important to remember to check them periodically if you are running errands, getting in and out of the car frequently.
Fortunately, there have been no reported incidents of any tragedies involving small children in the snow storm this year. Many children are spending considerable amounts of time in the freezing cold to catch busses, walk to school, and of course playing in the snow. No matter how old your child may be, always remind them to take extra precautions when heading out into the cold. If you have a teenager at home it may be a good idea to take them out to an empty parking lot, and teach them safely about driving in the snow. These are the things that you can do to take extra precautions this winter and make sure your family is as safe as possible. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel you have been harmed by someone else who has been careless, please give our office a call today for a no obligation, free consultation.