When people hear about weather-related accidents, images of heavy snow and icy roads might come to mind. Believe it or not, more car accidents are caused by rain storms than that kind of weather.
Rain makes roads dangerous because the wetness makes them slippery, even in good condition. The effect can linger after the drops have stopped falling, so it is also best to remain vigilant after a rain storm. It can be challenging to see clearly in this kind of weather. Foggy windows and haziness complicate the issue, and driving at night in the rain can be even more hazardous.
The slipperiness happens because the water on the road decreases tire traction, but the most dangerous time in a storm is often the beginning. That is because built-up oils on the roads loosen when the water first hits them, creating conditions that can lead to hydroplaning. When that happens, drivers have little or no control over their vehicles.
Windshield wipers are the first line of defense in a storm, so keep them in good operating condition, and if your defogger is not working correctly, get it repaired as well. The best advice for preventing car accidents in rain storms is to wait them out, but this is not always possible. Listen to weather and traffic reports before leaving and plan an alternate, less-traveled route if possible.
Keep the headlights on when driving in rain storms, and turn on the defrosters if the windows fog up. Be aware of the posted speed limit, and decrease your speed to prevent accidents. Instead of following one car’s length behind a vehicle, increase it to five seconds of following distance. Cruise control in the rain is not recommended, nor are sudden movements and hard braking.
What happens if you get into a skid during a rainstorm? Remain calm, take your foot off the gas, and turn the steering wheel toward the skid. Once the car stops hydroplaning, you can slowly accelerate or apply the brakes.
You may be able to get compensation from your auto insurance provider. You may have the option to pursue a personal injury case.
Weather-related car accident cases can be challenging. If you feel another driver is responsible for your losses, speak with a lawyer to explore your options.
Rain storms are more dangerous than many people think. If you have been injured in a rain-related accident, contact one of our skilled Wilmington car accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 302-656-5445 or complete our online form. Located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, we serve clients in Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.