Preventing wet weather accidents

If you have ever driven in the rain or on slick pavements in New Orleans, then you may already be aware of how treacherous slick driving conditions can get. Wet roads and changing travel conditions contribute to weather-related accidents that cause many injuries and deaths each year. 

Slower speeds and caution are necessary to navigate the roads safely when it is rainy and roads are slick with oil, water and other moist substances. Despite knowing this, some drivers disregard the dangers, putting themselves and others at risk of collisions that cause serious injuries and take lives. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind about wet weather conditions. 

Plan ahead 

Knowing weather conditions in advance can enable you to better time your travels. Though you may have a specific time that you need to drive for your commute and taking care of other obligations, you should check the weather and drive at other times when storms and rains are less likely. 

Know the hazards 

Wet weather creates slick pavements. In addition to the roads having more moisture than usual, there are other hazards to consider that can make driving more challenging, such as constructions, heavy traffic conditions, distracted motorists and driver and vehicle performance. These factors increase the likelihood and seriousness of car accidents that occur. Motorists should take additional precautions by modifying their driving behaviors. Such modifications include driving slower to provide more time to safely maneuver vehicles (especially when visibility becomes low) and allowing more travel distance between other vehicles. 

It is important for motorists to exercise caution when driving in wet weather and on slick roads. Car accidents happen every day, in various weather conditions. Victims of motor vehicle collisions involving someone else’s negligence may qualify for compensation for their injuries, pain, suffering and all associated losses.

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