Snowing and Blowing
Britain is experiencing the coldest March for 50 years, claims accident, traffic and weather experts. Certainly we have witnessed spectacular footage of the snowbound landscapes Scotland, the North and the Midlands. Wales, as always has been badly hit with up to 3 metres of snow in parts. The high banks are caused when blizzard-force winds drive the snow up against a barrier, creating a traffic hazard that claims accident victims more than any other, in such conditions. Sometimes the snow-ploughs work in vain to clear traffic lanes only to have the same winds blow the snow right back again.
This late bout of bad weather is especially lethal because it fell so hard and fast. One man in Sunderland died when he tried to walk home across snowy fields after a night out. Hypothermia is a real risk in conditions such as these and claims accident victims unawares. Yet again, not only did motorists spend the night in their cars, but were buried under snow drifts that caused the rescue services extra headaches in trying to establish which cars had people in them.
As if the cold is not bad enough, tens of thousands of homes are without electricity in the north of the country and in Northern Ireland, because high winds and drifting snow have broken power lines. The continuing bad weather is hampering repair.
Give us a break
According to the weather forecasters, the freeze could continue for anything from another ten days to three weeks. This weather is coming in on north-easterly winds which always bring cold and snow. Spring looks like a distant dream.
Travel conditions are hazardous for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike. If you can cancel or postpone your journey, all the better, to reduce the number of claims accident and injury instances which are bound to occur during weather like this. If you have been injured in a traffic accident and it was not your fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline and see how much your claim could be worth.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: April 16, 2013
Author: David Brown