How Does Water Affect Roads?
Residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas know wet weather happens. While it may be fine when you are home and do not have to travel, if you are on the roads wet weather can lead to accidents. It is estimated a quarter of car accidents are connected to weather.
One issue is wet roads, which can contribute to car crashes. That said, even if an accident happened due to weather, the driver can still be liable. Vehicle operators are responsible for driving safely in all conditions. If you were hurt in a weather-related accident, talk to a Bucks County personal injury lawyer about the possibility of financial recovery.
Light Rain, Slick Roads
While individuals often know to avoid violent storms, many assume it is safe to drive if rain is light or moderate. But there are risks, driving on wet pavement can be hazardous. Light rain can make roads unexpectedly slick when there is already oil on the street. Slippery pavement means less friction for tires. Loss of vehicular control is possible.
Plus, light showers can lead to heavy downpours. When rain is heavy, it can be difficult to see and cars can hydroplane. There are also times when visibility is further reduced when wiper blades are not functioning properly.
Ways you can help to prevent an accident on rainy days include taking it slow and giving other cars space to maneuver. When you drive slower, you can have more control over your vehicle and when you give other vehicles room, they have the space to stop if there is an unexpected change in conditions.
Wet Pavement Can Lead to Hydroplaning
Another problem when it comes to wet pavement is hydroplaning or aquaplaning. Essentially, this happens when there is a layer of water present between the pavement and the tires. The water makes it impossible for the tire treads to create resistance because the tires are pushed by water off the road. When water is sliding the car, it can make it difficult or impossible to brake and stop.
Driving at the right speed during bad weather can help to reduce hydroplaning. When there is heavy rain, driving at a safe speed could be driving far below a posted speed limit. A vehicle hydroplaning can happen at any point. A fast turn can shift conditions and you can be aquaplaning and in harm’s way within moments.
If you were hurt when a driver lost control of their vehicle and struck your car on a rainy day, damage recovery may be possible. And it is likely needed, car accident injuries result in lost wages and medical expenses every day. A Bucks County personal injury lawyer can help.
Were you injured in a weather-related accident? Contact a member of the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. Our attorneys know how to secure the maximum settlement amount possible. Accidents happen every day. When they happen to you, it is essential you have a lawyer fighting for your rights. Reach out today, call (215) 968-6602.