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