Georgia, Alabama drivers covered despite warning

Georgia, Alabama drivers covered despite warning

(WTVM) - Drivers across the Chattahoochee Valley are continuing to battle icy road conditions today.

Numerous accidents are still being reported and some vehicles are getting stuck and being left stranded on the side of highways.

The Lee County Sheriff's Department has responded to a little over 100 calls in the last 24 hours relating to winter weather.

Opelika police report four traffic accidents with injuries, 39 accidents without, and a total of 122 times a motorist called for assistance.

State Farm insurance agent Carol Perdue is seeing several people trickling into her office today following icy conditions leading to treacherous road conditions. Many drivers are asking if they will be covered even though state and local officials asked them to stay off the roads.

"Their insurance covers them whether it's a state of emergency or not," State Farm agent Carol Perdue said.

That goes for Georgia and Alabama. Both sides of the line cars are littering roads. Some got into accidents, others couldn't make it home.

The Alabama Department of Transportation was out today spreading dirt and sand on icy spots that were causing two- hour delays for some on Highway 280 eastbound heading towards Columbus just before the Lee County Flea Market.

For the drivers who fall victim to a snow accident , insurance agents say that claim comes under collision coverage and deductibles would come into play.

"The problem people don't understand is , 'I slid because of the ice' , and they think it's a comprehensive claim, but when you collide with something it's a collision no matter how you did it."

State Farm insurance agents in Phenix City say they're not only dealing with accidents, but with towing assistance as well.

These claims aren't typical for the area because we usually don't see snow.

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