Most drivers are fastidious about safety. They never drive under the influence, engage in distracted behavior or break traffic laws. Unfortunately, there are some hazards that are out of your control.
It’s no secret that snow and sleet increase the risk of crashing. What you may not know, however, is that rain is the deadliest environmental condition in the United States, according to USA Today.
Research from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows that rain is responsible for almost half of all poor weather-related accidents. Each year, rain-related crashes injure 228,196 people and kill 2,732.
Even when collisions happen in adverse weather, human error is usually a contributing factor. As such, victims in these wrecks may have grounds for personal-injury claims.
If you were hurt in a rain-related crash, contact Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. An accident lawyer in Montgomery will help you claim compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
Our legal team will help you fight for the maximum settlement, and if your case goes to trial, we have the litigation experience and resources to represent your interests in court. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Why Is It So Dangerous to Drive in Rainy Weather?
The intensity of rain can vary from a light drizzle to a heavy downpour. The severity of the rain will determine how it affects driving conditions.
Although you might have decent visibility in a light shower, water on the road can draw oil to the surface, making the pavement slippery. This is why drivers should reduce their speed in all wet conditions.
According to the FHWA, motorists should expect the following dangers when driving in the rain:
- Reduced visibility;
- Less traction on the road;
- Hydroplaning; and
- Poor control when braking.
It is critical that motorists adjust their behavior to the weather conditions. Here are a few strategies to reduce your risk of crashing when driving in the rain:
- Reduce your speed by at least one-third;
- Double your following distance to six seconds on the highway;
- Do not overtake other vehicles;
- Turn on your headlights to improve your visibility and to help other drivers notice your vehicle;
- Brake carefully and gradually; and
- Do not drive over puddles – this could lead to hydroplaning.
Were you hurt in an accident in wet weather? Contact a Montgomery personal-Injury attorney from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC.
Even if negligence and liability seem obvious, a small oversight could threaten the success of your claim or reduce your recovery. Our legal team will help you avoid mistakes such as accepting a low settlement, making a recorded statement to the insurance company, or signing a general release.
Our accident lawyers have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients, and we will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.