Despite advancements in tire design and brake technology, rain is still a significant danger to drivers. According to the American Automobile Association, wet pavement contributes to 1.2 million traffic accidents each year.
Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to reduce the likelihood of an accident in wet weather. They include:
- Avoiding driving whenever possible;
- Using your headlights;
- Adjusting your driving style;
- And knowing how to respond to hydroplaning.
Unfortunately, no matter how responsible you are behind the wheel, you may still fall victim to a negligent driver. If you were injured in a crash that another person caused, you may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical expenses and other damages.
If the wreck happened in Mississippi, contact Morris Bart, LTD. A Biloxi accident lawyer can evaluate your collision, talk to witnesses and determine if you may have grounds for a claim. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a consultation.
Here are four safety tips for driving in wet weather:
- Drive Only When Necessary
The best way to stay safe in the rain is to drive only if it is necessary. Evaluate the urgency and importance of your trip, and establish if it is worth the risk to venture onto wet roads.
In addition to slick pavement, rain can reduce visibility and cause stress – both of which can increase the likelihood of a collision. Avoid driving in inclement weather whenever possible.
- Use Your Headlights
Because rain reduces visibility, it is essential that drivers turn on their headlights in wet weather, as Travelers.com explains. This is even true in broad daylight. Not only will your headlights help you see the road ahead, but they will also make you more visible to other motorists.
- Adjust Your Driving Style
If you must drive in wet weather, it is critical that you adjust your driving style. It takes twice as long to stop on a wet road as it does on a dry one, so you should increase your following distance. Leave at least six seconds of space between your vehicle and the leading car.
It is also important to reduce your speed and stay alert. Do not use your cell phone, adjust the radio, eat, drink or partake in other distractions. Also, do not use your cruise control because it could make you less prepared to take evasive action if you encounter an unexpected hazard.
- Do Not Brake If You Hydroplane
Do not slam on the brakes if you feel your car hydroplaning. It is safer to lift your foot off the accelerator gently and allow the vehicle to slow down without using the brakes. Continue steering in the direction of travel, and avoid sudden movements until your tires reconnect with the road surface.
If you were injured by a negligent driver, contact a Biloxi accident attorney from Morris Bart, LTD. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, health-care bills and other damages. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.