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Staying Safe While Driving on Wet Roads

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

As many California drivers know, with the spring often comes wet weather. Across the nation, wet weather causes approximately 1.2 million crashes every year. However, there are certain tips and tricks that drivers can employ to keep themselves and others who share the roadway with them safe.

One of the simplest things that a driver can do to avoid causing a crash on wet roads is to maintain a certain amount of space between other vehicles. On dry pavement, it is recommended that drivers keep at least two seconds between vehicles; in wet weather, this should double to about four seconds. Second, if it is possible, drivers are recommended to avoid hitting potholes. Not only can potholes cause damage to the vehicle, they can cause an accident. If a pothole cannot be avoided, drivers should slow down as much as possible until they come up to the pothole; as the vehicle rolls over the pothole, drivers should not be hitting the brakes.

It is also recommended that drivers check the condition of their tires. If the tread on the tires is too low or if the tires are not properly inflated, the vehicle may have trouble stopping. Finally, if the driver happens to skid on a wet patch, they should not panic or slam on the breaks. Instead, they should continue to steer in the desired direction.

When a car crash occurs, the weather conditions will be considered a factor. However, if the driver was operating their vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner, a person who suffered injuries in the incident may have the ability to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. An attorney may help the injured person seek compensation for the damages, such as medical costs and lost income.