Spring is a beautiful time of year, but it also brings tornados to the Midwest. With winds that can rotate over 300 mph, tornados can throw dangerous debris in the air, destroy buildings, and kill livestock and people. Our personal injury attorneys want drivers to remember several tornado safety tips to help them survive a storm.
“When you are in your automobile during a tornado, it’s extremely important to know how to protect yourself,” explains Scott Mann, personal injury attorney.
“If you can see the tornado at a distance from the road, compare the tornado’s movement to a tree or telephone pole. If it’s not moving directly toward you, then you can move away from it by driving in right angles. If the tornado is moving toward you, however, do not try and outrun it.”
If a tornado is moving toward your vehicle take shelter immediately. After pulling over, find a sturdy building where you can find protection. However, there may not be a restaurant, rest stop, or gas station in the area. If this is the case, lay down in a ditch that’s a safe distance from the road and flying cars. Get as low to the ground as possible and cover your head. Never hide beneath your car, or seek shelter under an overpass. This is because the overpass will act as a wind funnel, and can possibly collapse during a tornado.
“If there’s a tornado heading toward your city or town, do not get in your car to outrun it,” explains Mike Wyatt, personal injury attorney. “Tornados can travel over 60 mph on the ground and are unpredictable in the route they take. It’s better to seek immediate protection in your storm shelter. You do not want to get stuck in traffic while the tornado bears down on your vehicle.”
Pull over to the side of the road if a tornado is on top of your automobile. Remain inside your vehicle and keep low to the floor away from the windows. Please contact the personal injury attorneys of Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley for more tornado road safety tips.