The dangers of driving in bad weather

The dangers of driving in bad weather

(WTVM) - Interstate 85 is dangerous enough with its crowded lanes of fast moving traffic.

Highway 280 has another set of dangers, numerous hills and blind spots as drivers try to pull into traffic.

When you add in heavy, steady rains, the risk goes up as drivers try to handle slick roads, puddles of water and poor visibility.

A two-vehicle crash Saturday night claimed the life of Auburn teen Jayson Tipplett. State Troopers say the 19-year-old was killed his vehicle collided with a tractor trailer at the intersection of Alabama 147 and U.S. 280 near Auburn.

"I can't remember the last time we had such a deadly weekend," said Lee County Coroner Bill Harris. "Evidently he did not see the tractor trailer traveling east on the 280 Bypass and was hit, pretty much killed him instantly, weather may have been a factor."

Then Sunday morning, 57-year-old Samuel Gilbert Jr. of Texas was killed on I- 85 in Opelika.

Gilbert was out of his car waiting on police to arrive from a previous accident when another driver lost control and hit the Texas man. Gilbert's two children watched their father as he was pinned to their car they were still sitting in.

"A young woman driver swerved to miss the accident or the backed up traffic and started skidding sideways and struck Mr. Gilbert pinning him up against his car," said Harris.

Rain continues to be a part of our forecast, and safety experts say if you can, stay off the roads in bad weather.

If you are out, drive slowly and always stay alert.

Harris says distracted drivers on their cell phones cause more accidents in his opinion than bad weather, so stay off your phones.

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