Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year. Unfortunately, it’s also the season for tornados in the Midwest. Tornados can produce winds that rotate over 300 mph, which are strong enough destroy buildings, throw dangerous debris in the air, and kill livestock and people.
Our personal injury attorneys have several tornado safety tips that we want drivers everywhere to remember.
“When you are in your automobile during a tornado, it’s extremely important to know how to protect yourself,” says 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.”
Take immediate shelter if the tornado is moving toward your automobile. Pull over to the side of the road and find a sturdy building where you can protect yourself. If a rest stop, restaurant, or gas station is unavailable, then find a low spot in a ditch away from the road and flying cars. Cover your head and lay as low to the ground as possible. Do not hide underneath your car, or take shelter under an overpass. The overpass acts as a wind funnel and can collapse on top of you during a tornado.
“If there’s a tornado heading toward your city or town, do not get in your car to outrun it,” says 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.”
If you find that a tornado is on top of your vehicle, pull over as soon as possible. Stay in your automobile and crouch low to the floor away from windows. For more information on tornado road safety, please contact the personal injury attorneys of Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley.