Monday, October 28, 2013

High Wind Warning in Clark County - Protect Yourself on the Road

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for all of Clark County this morning, and forecasters say that the winds could gust up to 80 miles per hour in some locations. These extreme winds have already caused power outages throughout the state of Nevada.

Strong winds increase the risk for car accidents, so it is important that Las Vegas drivers operate their vehicles carefully in these weather conditions. Be on the lookout for objects and branches that could be blown onto the roadways, as well as downed power lines. Also remember that powerful winds can kick up dust and sand, causing limited visibility.

According to Las Vegas officials, drivers of high-profile vehicles, such as large trucks and SUVs, should be particularly careful of crosswinds. Strong gusts of wind can sometimes push against the sides of taller vehicles and cause them to tip or rollover, which can lead to serious injuries and property damage. Drivers of high-profile vehicles are advised to take extreme caution when traveling through areas that are experiencing high winds. 

If you need to be on the road in Clark County while the wind advisory is in place, make sure you take precautionary steps to reduce risk to yourself and others. 

  • Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
  • Never drive over downed power lines, and be especially cautious if there is water near a downed line.
  • Be aware of a possible sudden calm in the middle of a windstorm, and know that the winds could pick back up suddenly.
  • Do not drive faster than the speed limit and maintain a speed that is appropriate for the conditions.
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel so that you are prepared if a gust of wind hits your vehicle.
  • Focus on driving and do not allow yourself to be distracted by your phone, GPS, or passengers.

De Castroverde Law Group represents victims of accidents in Las Vegas and throughout Clark County. Visit the Car Accidents section on our website to learn more.