Car accidents happen every day, but certain types of weather make them more likely to occur. Operating a vehicle in snow, high winds, or on icy roads can be problematic, but rain is responsible for the most weather-related accidents.
There are several reasons why rainy conditions and wet roads are so dangerous to drive in:
Other weather conditions can affect visibility and create dangerous road conditions that contribute to collisions. Rain is the most troublesome for drivers, but others include ice, snow, sleet, fog, wind, debris, and sand. These conditions can lower visibility, making it difficult for drivers to identify obstacles and hazards in their path. They also increase a vehicle’s stopping distance, reduce traction, and make it more difficult to maintain control. In addition, heavy winds or snow can cause debris to land on top of vehicles or on the road. For example, tree limbs can break or power lines may fall. When these hazards are combined, there is a significantly higher risk of an accident.
The best way to prevent a weather-related car accident is to avoid driving in hazardous weather conditions. However, if that is not possible, be sure to slow down, pay attention, and take precautions. For example:
When the weather plays a role in an accident, figuring out fault can be challenging. However, the driver who caused the accident can still be liable since there are most likely actions they could have taken to prevent the collision.
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