A reckless Jeep Cherokee hit and seriously injured 47-year-old Denise O’Bannon, police said. It appears O’Bannon will make a full recovery.
47-Year-Old-Elementary School Teacher Seriously Injured While Helping Another Driver
September 9, 2015, Near FM Road 1189
At around 7:00 AM, Denise O’Bannon was helping a family whose Nissan pickup truck failed to make a curve and slid off the road, hitting a fence. O’Bannon, along with several others, were stopped at the scene, attempting to help the family.
Then, a Jeep Cherokee heading northbound lost control, started skidding, and hit another unoccupied GMC pickup stopped at the scene. The Jeep Cherokee careened off and hit O’Bannon, who was on the other side of the road, pinning her against the Nissan pickup that originally crashed.
The full extent of O’Bannon’s injuries are not known. However, they are suspected to be serious, but not life-threatening.
Scott Drillette, Brock ISD superintendent, said he heard that O’Bannon was in good spirits.
Police believe the owners of the Nissan and Jeep Cherokee were traveling at unsafe speeds for the rainy and wet conditions. Fortunately, all occupants of both those vehicles were not injured in either crash.
How to Drive in Rainy Conditions
Do you ever think to slow down for rainy conditions? If you’re like me, and most people, you probably don’t slow down unless there’s a torrential downpour outside.
Fortunately, most of us don’t get in car accidents when we decide to do that. Here’s some information on how to drive safely in rainy conditions. You probably haven’t heard most of it:
- Drive Extra Careful If It Rains After a Long Dry Period
When it’s dry, engine oil and grease build up on the road. Then those two slippery substances combine with the rain to make the road extra slick.
If it rains for the day, or several days, it washes away that grease and oil. But the first few hours of a fresh storm after a long dry period can be more dangerous than you expect.
- Drive Consciously
Ever drive all the way to work, and then you’re suddenly surprised when you get there? It’s easy to tune out when driving, or when you do anything habitually.
But that’s a big no-no when it rains outside. Drive as if you’re going somewhere for the very first time.
- If You Skid…
The instinctual reaction is to hit the brakes. But that only increases your skidding.
Instead, look and steer in the direction you want to go until you have control of your car again.
- Don’t Use Cruise Control
This encourages you not to pay attention to the road. And since accidents are more likely in rainy weather, you want to decrease your reaction time to as little as it possibly can be.
Cruise control makes it take longer for you to react. Simply don’t turn it on when you’re driving in the rain.
Follow those tips and keep yourself, your loved ones, and everyone around you safe.
If you do get into an auto accident and are injured call our Dallas attorneys today for a free consultation.