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Driving in the Rain Can Be Deadly

Posted on August 28, 2017

Earlier this summer a 20-year-old man died in a single car crash in Sequoyah County. He was driving on Interstate 40 in heavy rain, and when he tapped his brakes his car hydroplaned into a tree. He died at the scene of the accident, and a 25-year-old female passenger was injured. Police say he hydroplaned because he was driving too fast on the wet road.

Hydroplaning is a serious concern any time there is water on the road. But reduced traction is not the only thing drivers need to worry about in the rain. Here are other potential issues to keep in mind, according to the Federal Highway Administration:

  • Standing water can obstruct lanes and disrupt the flow of traffic.
  • Some people drive slower when it’s raining, while others continue to go the posted speed limit (or above the posted limit). Such speed variations disrupt the flow of traffic and increase the chances of an accident.
  • Rain, and especially heavy rain, reduces driver visibility.

Safety Precautions for Driving in the Rain

Driving in the rain is hazardous, but there are several common-sense precautions that drivers can take to reduce their risk of being in an accident:

  • Always keep a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Just because the speed limit is “65” doesn’t mean you should be driving that fast. If your visibility is poor and the roads are wet then reduce your speed.
  • Make sure that your windshield wipers and headlights are working properly and then use them.
  • If the conditions are bad, consider getting off the road completely. Pull over to a safe location, like a rest area. Try not to pull over on the side of the road.
  • Focus on the road and not on your radio, cell phone or conversation with your passengers!
  • If your car begins hydroplaning don’t slam on the brakes. Steer your car in a safe direction.

Remember that rain and other bad road conditions don’t give drivers a free pass when it comes to personal injury lawsuits. In the Sequoyah County incident, for example, the female passenger might have a cause of action against the driver’s estate.

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Contact the law office of Charles Bryan Alred, P.C., today if you are injured in a car accident. We will help you recover compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.