As Florida readers know, the state is in the midst of its rainy season. This means that powerful thunderstorms roll through on a near daily basis, which can cause dangerous conditions on area roadways. Here are a few basic safety tips to help drivers successfully weather the storms.
One of the most common causes of rain-related car accidents is hydroplaning, which occurs when a vehicle’s tires are separated from the road by a thin layer of water. If this layer of water becomes too thick, the tires could lose all traction, causing the vehicle to slide out of control. In addition, oil residue on the road can mix with rainwater and make conditions even more slippery.
According to traffic safety experts, the best way for drivers to avoid hydroplaning is to slow down. However, if a vehicle does begin to hydroplane, drivers should remember not to apply the brakes. Instead, they should turn into the slide, which means to turn the steering wheel in the same direction the rear of the car is sliding. Drivers should also try to remain calm and remember not to oversteer, which can cause the vehicle to completely spin out. They should continue to turn into the slide until the car straightens out and is once again under control. Experts also remind drivers to check their tires to make sure they are properly inflated and have enough tread. Bad tires can make driving in inclement weather even more dangerous.
People who suffer injuries in car accidents caused by other drivers might have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver in court. An attorney could help gather evidence supporting the claim and work to negotiate a fair financial settlement.
Source: Auto Credit Express, “Safety Tips During Rainy Season,” Megan Foukes, Sept. 6, 2018