Paramedics urge caution as accidents rates rise

Date: Apr 19, 2012

The soggy clouds hanging over large parts of New South Wales has dropped an unusually high volume of rain over the last three days.

Reports from the Bureau of Meteorology has shown that some areas of the state have already received more than their average monthly rainfall in less than a week – and some areas have been prone to flash flooding.

While the grey conditions have seen the sprouting of umbrellas and gumboots on a large percentage of pedestrians, the roads have yielded a high volume of hazards for unwary drivers.

In response to the rising number of bingles, the Ambulance Service of New South Wales has issued a release urging road users to consider the wet conditions carefully when getting behind the wheel.

It states that there have been over 150 individual accidents over April 17 and 18 – with many victims requiring medical attention.

One collision on Forrester Road in St Marys saw a bus, car and truck connect in the wet conditions – the result was that 19 people received assistance of paramedics, seven of which then had to be transferred to hospital for further treatment.

A head-on collision involving two vehicles on the Mid Western Highway in Blayney saw an 83-year-old woman being taken to Orange Base Hospital with a number of injuries.

A fatal car accident on the Princes Highway in Kiama saw a driver lose control on the slippery roadway before colliding with a tree – the 50-year-old woman was treated at the scene by ambulance officers but died shortly after help arrived.

The last example provided by the service took place on the Great Western Highway at Glenbrook and involved another pair of vehicles – the two victims were transferred immediately to Westmead Hospital for treatment.

While car accident compensation can provide victims with the funds needed to cover the cost of treatments, the Ambulance Service has provided a list of recommendations for drivers venturing out in gloomy weather.

They suggest slowing down when there is water present on the road to avoid skidding, keeping the headlights on at all times to improve visibility and keeping a wider distance between vehicles.

During periods of intense precipitation, it has also been suggested that motorists consider pulling to the side of the road and waiting out the weather until visibility improves and it is safe to take to the roads once more.

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