Stay Safe On Roads During Storms
During a storm, the safest driving decision may be to delay your journey. The most dangerous period of a thunderstorm is typically under an hour. If you see a storm happening outside, deciding to wait it out is advised. Similarly, if you know a storm is coming, consider putting off an errand or call your destination to let them know you will be waiting until the thick of the storm has passed.
Of course, it is not always possible to avoid a storm. There are times when the weather shifts unexpectedly and drivers may adjust to the conditions around them. If you were injured in a car crash during a storm in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, talk to a Bucks County car accident lawyer.
Some Reasons Why Driving in a Storm is Dangerous
Depending on the situation, there are a range of risks while driving during a storm. This could include on or more of the following dangers.
- When there are strong wind forces, it can move a car off the road or into another driving lane.
- Reduced traction. Water can make it difficult for a driver to brake, this means control of the vehicle is diminished.
- Puddles and floods. Standing water can be deceiving. What first appears to be a small puddle could be a large danger. Also, during severe weather flash floods could occur.
- Low visibility. It can be hard to see when storms bring sheets of rain and dark clouds, this could lead to a driver not recognizing dangers until it’s too late.
- Bring flashes in the sky can temporarily blind a driver. There is also the possibility of power lines being knocked down or fires igniting.
- Other drivers. Everyone one the road needs to take precautions when the weather shifts.
Precautions to Take When Driving
If you are driving during a heavy rain or thunderstorm, there are things you can do to help keep you, your passengers, and others on the road as safe as possible. Keep your windows closed and drive slowly. Remember, when experts calculate speed limits they are doing so under the assumption of normal driving conditions. Speeds need to be reduced when weather is bad.
Also, turn on your lights if they don’t illuminate automatically due to the change in conditions. Other cars may not be able to see you without your lights on. Give other cars plenty of space, meaning avoid tailgating and adjust your route if needed. For example, in severe weather conditions it may be best to not drive on bridges.
Have you suffered from a weather injury or were involved in a car collision due to a thunderstorm? You may have a right to financial compensation if the accident was caused by another’s negligence. 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.