Driving in the Rain

Posted Tue 16th Jul, 2019 | by | on Auto Accident Lawyer, Cases, Injury Law Firm, Lawyer, Legal Insights, Personal Injury | auto accident lawyer, car accident, Denver injury attorney, Denver personal injury attorney, denver-accident-lawyer, distracted driving, Kidneigh Kaufman, personal injury attorney, Personal Injury Lawyer, traffic accident

 

Summer is here, which means warmer temperatures and afternoon rain showers. Recently in Denver, it has been raining regularly during the late afternoon and early evening. Rainy and wet conditions can often be very unsafe for driving.  While rain may not be as intimidating as snow, it can be more dangerous. In fact, federal data shows that rain causes more driving fatalities than snow in 39 of the 50 states. Furthermore, most weather-related car accidents happen when the pavement is wet and during rainfall.   So, what do you do to be as safe as possible during the wet season?

  • Drive Slower

Most of all, drive slower. During rainy conditions, it is recommended to decrease your speed to 2/3 of the speed limit. This helps you to remain in control of your vehicle and gives you more time to react to sudden changes. It also helps to avoid hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when a layer of water is created between the ground and your car causing you to lose traction and control. Other ways to avoid hydroplaning include keeping you tires properly inflated, avoiding hard breaking, and avoiding sharp turns. It is easier for a car to hydroplane when your tires have been worn down, so rotate or replace old tires.  

  • Maintain Visibility

Another reason motor vehicle accidents happen in the rain is because of lack of visibility. Rain, sometimes mixed with fog, can make it difficult to see the road or cars in front of you. So, it is important to remember to always turn on your lights and keep your windshield wipers new or working well. It is recommended to replace your windshield wipers every 6 months to a year to ensure product efficiency. Also, make sure your windshield is clean to avoid any glares that would make it even more difficult to see.

  • Pay Attention

Driver need to always pay attention to the road, but especially during wet and rainy conditions.  Conditions can change in an instant, so drivers must pay attention to the road and their surroundings.  Because vehicles are more difficult to control and it can be harder to see, drivers’ undivided and full attention must be on the road.  By paying attention, drivers can give themselves extra time to react to traffic and sudden changes in the conditions.  

The ten-year average from 2007 to 2016 estimated that over 200,000 people were injured in car accidents involving rain and rainy driving conditions. If you are someone you know is injured in an accident involving rainy driving conditions, please call the attorneys at Kidneigh & Kaufman, P.C.

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