Take Extra Precautions to Prevent Car Accidents During Adverse Weather Conditions
While Bradenton missed major impacts due to recent hurricane Dorian, it is important to keep in mind that we are at the height of hurricane season. In addition to any storms that may come our way, there are likely to be frequent afternoon showers throughout the month of September. Wet road conditions and even minor flooding significantly increase your car accident risks. Take the time now to be aware of potential dangers and how you can minimize your odds of being involved in a collision.
How Rain and Wet Conditions Impact Road Safety
Adverse weather has a major impact on road safety and increases the odds of crashes and collisions. According to data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), poor weather conditions are responsible for more than 20 percent of all car accidents that occur on roads throughout the U.S. each year. Of these, rainy, wet weather is considered to be the most dangerous.
The FHWA reports that 70 percent of weather related crashes occur on wet pavement while 40 percent happen during rainfalls and storms. Potentially dangerous impacts rainy or stormy conditions have on driving ability include:
- Poor visibility in determining lanes and curves in the road;
- Increased glare from other driver’s headlights, overhead road lighting, and traffic signals;
- Decreased tire traction;
- Increase in heavy traffic conditions;
- Proliferation of puddles and pools of water on the road, making hydroplaning more likely.
In rainy, wet weather conditions, it is important for drivers to use an extra degree of caution. Be particularly alert in places which frequently experience flooding and practice defensive driving skills in general.
Protecting Yourself and Others When Traveling Through Rainy Road Conditions
In addition to the frequent tropical rains Floridians experience at this time of year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is calling for a particularly active 2019 hurricane season. Taking a few simple precautions can help to protect you, your passengers, and others on the road. In general, avoid the following types of reckless driving behaviors:
- Speeding and going too fast for conditions;
- Aggressive driving, such as tailgating, improper passing, and failure to yield;
- Distracted driving, such as talking on cell phones or texting;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and prescription or over the counter medications.
Check the weather forecast frequently and be aware of any storms which may be brewing, particularly if you are headed out on a long trip. In the event of severe weather, such as a hurricane, get needed supplies before it hits and keep the roads free for emergency vehicles.
Contact Us Today for Help
Dealing with adverse weather during the late summer months is nothing new to residents of Bradenton. However, every year there are people who suffer serious car accident injuries as a result of drivers unprepared for these conditions. At the Law Office of Steven G. Lavely, we provide the trusted legal guidance you need in these situations. To schedule a consultation, call or contact our Bradenton car accident attorney online today.