Many Quad-Citians remains without power following last week’s storm. High winds toppled trees and damaged electrical lines resulting in a large swath of residential and business power outages as well as knocking out street and traffic lights.
Already, there have been a number of car crashes at intersections with non-working lights, which continue to present challenges and significant danger to drivers and pedestrians alike. As crews work to restore power, Quad-City residents are advised to limit travel when possible. However, when travel is is necessary, the following tips may help:
- If traffic signals are not working and no law enforcement is directing traffic, treat an intersection as a four way stop – yield to right as you would at a stop sign.
- Drive defensively, and if you are a pedestrian be careful when traversing the street.
- Signal your intentions to other drivers and pedestrians.
- Consider taking alternate routes that are not heavily traveled.
- Remain focused on driving, avoiding distractions such as texting or talking on the phone.
- Do not drive impaired.
- Reduce speeds.
- Carry emergency supplies such as a flashlight, water, or other tools you may need if you become stranded.
Taking extra precautions as conditions normalize can prevent car accidents from occurring. If you or a family member is injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact the Quad Cities car accident injury attorneys of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for help at 563-355-6478.