Accident Rates Go Up in Rainy Weather


Car accident rates increase dramatically when it starts to rain. Southern California roads are especially susceptible to dangerous conditions when rain first hits. Because it doesn’t rain often, debris builds up on our roadways. Examples include:

  • oil
  • gasoline
  • rubber
  • dirt

When all these sediments get wet, it makes for very slippery road conditions – particularly after a long dry spell like this summer.

According to the California Highway Patrol, auto accidents increase by over 203% in the rain. This is because many people don’t change their driving habits on wet roads.

It’s dangerous not to take into account the effect weather can have on your commute.

Not only are the driving dynamics of your vehicle changed significantly by wet roads, but your braking power is reduced. A small puddle may seem harmless, but at 50 miles per hour it could send your car into a spin putting you and oncoming traffic at risk for a collision.

Also, road visibility is worse; many drivers don’t turn on their headlights, rendering their cars nearly invisible.

How to Prevent a Wet Weather Accident

Bergener Mirejovsky recommends using extreme caution when driving in the rain. We have compiled the following simple tips:

      • Allow extra time for your travels so you aren’t in a hurry
      • Keep your distance from other cars – more than you would under ideal road conditions
      • Turn on your headlights and use your turn signals
      • Brake sooner and more gradually than you would when it’s dry
      • Don’t cross running water and avoid driving through large puddles when possible
      • If you start hydroplaning, release the gas and steer straight until you regain traction, tap brake if necessary

These suggestions should help keep you and your family safe. It’s always better to be prepared and take as many precautions as you can. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact Bergener Mirejovsky for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney.

Call us at 1-800-881-2021.

 

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