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Although we typically associate weather-related car accidents with snow and ice, spring rains can also create dangerous driving conditions. In 2014, the Connecticut Department of Transportation reported that 1,739 car accidents resulted from driving on slippery roads. You can reduce your accident risk by following a few guidelines for driving in the rain.

The Dangers of Driving During a Storm

Spring storms can happen quickly and unleash a large amount of rainfall that often causes in flooding on the roadways. This can lead to dangerous hydroplaning. A car hydroplanes when the tires hit a patch of water that creates a gap between the road and the tire. When a car hydroplanes, the brakes are useless and the steering ineffective, such that the driver may lose control of the car. This can lead to serious accidents on the road.

Another danger driving in storms is decreased visibility. When you are driving through torrential rainfall, your windshield wipers may not be able to keep up with the amount of water hitting the windshield, and the windshield may fog from the inside due to increased humidity and temperature changes. Decreased visibility affects your ability to see the road, obstacles, and other vehicles.

Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain

When it’s raining, you should adjust your driving to stay safe. A few reminders for driving safely in the rain include:

  • Slow down and drive below the speed limit. You will need additional stopping time on wet roads and in poor visibility.
  • Give other cars plenty of space. You may need more room than usual between your car and the vehicle in front of you to avoid a crash.
  • Try not to slam on the brakes, as you may lose traction and slide on wet roads. Pump the brakes if your vehicle is not equipped with anti-lock braking systems.
  • Monitor your visibility. If it becomes too difficult to see out of the windshield, pull over and wait for the rain to decrease.
  • Be predictable. Don’t make any sudden lane changes when you’re driving in the rain. Other drivers have reduced visibility may not see or you react as quickly as they would on dry roads.

Contact a Stamford, CT Car Accident Lawyer Today

After an accident, trying to recover from your injuries while medical bills pile up and you need time off from work can be extremely stressful. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, LLC have extensive experience advocating for clients who have suffered serious injuries in car accidents, and we can help you navigate through the process. We work tirelessly on behalf of our clients to recover the compensation they deserve. Call us today at 203-348-2465 or reach us online to schedule a consultation.

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