Though Southern California has already experienced some rain, you can bet a lot more rain is to fall over the next few months. Unfortunately, the more wet the roads become, the higher your chances are of being seriously injured in a Los Angeles car accident.
Why is that?
There are many reasons as to why driving in the rain is more dangerous than driving in dryer conditions. Three main reasons include:
- Water creates a film on the streets and roads, making it easier for your tires to lose their traction
- The action of your headlights is compromised drastically when rain is falling.
- Your vision is also compromised drastically. It is more difficult to see through rain and windshield wipers.
What Can I Do to Avoid an Accident in the Rain?
Though you can’t control the driving habits of those you share the Southern California roadways with, there are certain things you can do to keep safe when driving in the rain. Here are seven tips:
- Keep your speed down. Speed is the major culprit for most car accidents, especially in wet conditions. Slow down when the roads become wet. The faster you drive, the more likely you will lose control of your vehicle.
- Be cautious after long dry spells. This can be one of the most dangerous times to drive. Oil and grease build-up over time and make roads extra slick following the first rains.
- Turn on your headlights. No matter how slight the rainfall is, you should always drive with your headlights on in the rain. Not only does it make it easier for you to recognize road dangers, it also makes it easier for other motorists to see you.
- Give trucks and busses extra distance. Trucks and busses use much larger tires than the average vehicle. The larger the tires are, the larger the spray they disburse. The further you are away, the less likely the spray will impair your vision.
- Be mindful of pedestrians. You can’t assume the rain will drive everybody inside. The fact of the matter is that many people still walk the streets in the rain. You still need to be on the lookout for pedestrians, no matter the weather conditions.
- Schedule more time to get to your destination. Rain generally results in more traffic and longer travel time. That is why you should schedule more time to get to your destination. This will help you avoid being rushed and ultimately can save your life.
- Avoid braking suddenly or turning the wheel if you start to hydroplane. This could result in your car skidding or spinning out of control. The best thing you can do is to release the gas pedal slowly and steer straight until your vehicle regains traction.
What Do I Do if I Have Been Injured in an Accident?
Unfortunately, not everyone you share the roadways with practices the same safe driving habits as you. Their negligence can result in you being seriously injured in a car accident. That is why you should call Steinberg Injury Lawyers today for a free case evaluation if you have been seriously injured.
You can also learn more about your accident case by ordering your free copy of our book, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, you should contact one of our experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys at Steinberg Injury Lawyers at (800) 989-6385. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to get you the compensation you deserve.