Rain Accident

Unfortunately, car accidents are inevitable regardless of your location and weather-related accidents are often the most dangerous. Rain is one of the worst weather conditions for driving, especially when there is a torrential downpour. How drivers react to rain often determines whether an accident is likely to occur.

Drivers Don’t Drive Safely in the Rain

In extreme weather conditions, including heavy rainstorms, there are two kinds of drivers who pose hazards to other commuters. They are as follows:

Excessively Timid Drivers

Drivers who are incredibly timid have a fear of driving in rainy weather. They tend to overestimate the danger of the rain, wind, and any other condition the weather brings and travel at speeds that are dangerously slow. If a person drives too slowly in the rain, there is a much higher risk of another vehicle rear-ending it. Heavy rain can also cause some lanes to close due to flooding. Drivers who are unaware of how to properly operate their vehicles in hazardous conditions can be just as dangerous as those who couldn’t care less.

Reckless Drivers

Reckless drivers pose a considerable risk in rainy weather, as they often speed up instead of wisely slowing down while the roads are slick. A reckless driver will frequently travel at the standard speed limit or even considerably above it during rainstorms, which can cause their vehicle to skid on the road, even with four-wheel drive. If a reckless driver does not slow down during heavy rain, they are at risk of hydroplaning and causing a pile-up accident.

How Rain Affects Road Conditions

Recently, the Federal Highway Administration conducted research to determine how particular weather affects driving conditions. The study found that rain affects a driver’s capabilities behind the wheel, the performance of vehicles, the flow of traffic, and increases the risk of crashes. Rain can have the following impacts on the road and its conditions:

  • Limits visibility distance
  • Pavement friction, making roads more slippery
  • Lane obstruction due to puddles and potholes caused by excessive rain
  • Limited roadway capacity
  • Lower traffic speeds
  • Aggressive driving and failure to adapt to current conditions on the road

Tips for Driving in the Rain

Driving in the rain can carry a risk, but some tips can help minimize your risk of an accident. They include the following:

  • Slow down
  • Leave more distance between you and the vehicle ahead
  • Watch the vehicle ahead of you
  • Turn on your headlights (not high beams)
  • Avoid suddenly braking
  • Defog your windows
  • Avoid puddles and other standing water
  • Pull over to the side of the road if necessary

We understand the severity of rain accidents, which is why it is vital you seek legal help as soon as possible. Contact Car Accident Cases today to get paired with an experienced rain accident attorney in your area who can guide you through the legal process.