Although winter has passed, new road hazards arrive with spring rains. Drivers are often less cautious in the rain than in ice and snow, even though the danger of hydroplaning and losing control is very real. Rain makes roadways very slick, particularly during the first hour or so of a rainstorm when there is a buildup of oil residue on the road. Heavy rains may come on quickly and impair visibility. According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 800,000 car accidents occur annually on wet payment, and at least half a million of these accidents occur while it is still raining. More than 350,000 people are injured in these accidents. Other studies have shown that the risk of an accident increases by more than a third when it is raining, especially during rush hour.
Take Precaution Before You Drive
No one can control the weather, but drivers can take the following steps to help avoid weather-related car accidents:
- Turn on the headlights and turn off cruise control
- Keep a safe distance between vehicles
- Drive a bit more slowly in the rain, especially on curves
- Avoid braking suddenly
- Watch for puddles that may indicate potholes
If you find your windows are fogging up, it may help to put on the defrosters. In addition to taking action while on the road, drivers can prepare before they head out in the rain. First and foremost, check your tire pressure regularly. Overinflated and underinflated tires contribute to hydroplaning and losing control of the vehicle.
Make sure windshield wipers are working, as well as brake lights and headlights. Leave a bit earlier when it is raining in case there is a need to drive more slowly. If you sense that your car is hydroplaning and losing its grip on the road, slowly ease the pressure on the gas pedal. If your car starts to spin, do not jerk the wheel sharply in either direction or your car may flip over.
What Should I Do If I Get in an Accident?
Despite precautions, accidents may happen. If you are involved in a crash, stay calm and call 911 if anyone is injured or if there is substantial vehicle damage. If you are able to do so, take photos of the accident scene. Obtain contact details from witnesses and other drivers, but do not admit fault or try to explain how the accident happened. After you receive medical attention, contact an experienced car accident lawyer who will assess the value of your claim and work to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
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If you or someone you loved was injured in a weather-related car accident, our Delaware car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC will obtain the most favorable outcomes for the victims we represent. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 302-888-1221. Located in Wilmington, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including Middletown, Dover, and Newark.