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Monday, May 26, 2014

Personal Injury Law: Almost 25 Percent of Car Crashes are Weather-Related

According to the Federal Highway Administration and the US DOT, 24% of car crashes are related to the weather.  Snow and sleet are often blamed for bad road conditions, but in fact, studies show that more fatal weather-related crashes occur in the south, because our region experiences the highest rainfall totals and it also has a high population.

Here are the top three ways to stay safe in rainy conditions:

Take it slow when accelerating, braking, making turns, and switching lanes. Braking quickly in the rain can easily cause your tires to lock up and create an out-of-control spin.

Always maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.  Experts generally recommend that a normal safe driving distance from the car in front of you is at least three car lengths.  But it’s smart to allow even more distance in rainy conditions.  

Look beyond the car in front of you.  Watching traffic farther ahead gives you an advantage, allowing you more time to react. 

By practicing these safe-driving skills, you greatly reduce your risk of being involved in an auto accident. Of course, there are some occasions when there is nothing you can do to avoid a collision, especially when another driver is not practicing safe-driving skills.  Most motorists do not consider rainy weather dangerous, and the roads remain busy despite the slick conditions.  If you are injured in a car wreck, immediately contact an attorney to help ensure you can be compensated for the damage.

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