How Weather Impacts a Car Accident
Car Accident Lawyer Serving California
Although Los Angeles is not necessarily known for its heavy weather, there are still weather conditions that can affect visibility and road conditions and therefore contribute to an auto accident. Take a November 2012 ABC News story about a single 8-hour time period during the rainy season that caused 188 accidents in Los Angeles County, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Rain, fog and strong winds can all impact road conditions for Southern California drivers, who may respond improperly because they are not used to having to modify driving habits for heavy weather.
Even in a weather-related accident, where liability may be obscured just like the roads, a Los Angeles auto accident attorney at Pacific Attorney Group may have much to offer in terms of insight and legal counsel. Our firm represents clients throughout the greater LA area who have been injured in any type of car accident, including those that may be attributed to heavy weather.
When weather is considered a contributing factor in an auto accident, there is still the matter of determining liability. If it is raining, hailing or even snowing (which happens on very rare occasions in Southern California), drivers should adjust their speed accordingly and should take care when turning and braking to avoid skidding out of control. As such, liability may still lie with another driver if you were injured in a car accident during heavy weather. An investigation into the collision may reveal that the driver was driving too fast for current conditions or a similar act of negligence.
Helpful Tips to Drive Safely in the Rain
Though you cannot control the behavior of other drivers, you can take certain steps yourself to drive safely even when it is raining – the most common source of weather-related accidents in the Los Angeles area.
- First and foremost, slow down. It is important to drive more slowly than normal while it’s raining and after it rains, as the roads may be slippery. It will take longer to slow down and stop, and turning can be dangerous if you are driving too fast.
- Try to stay in the center lanes, as water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
- Increase your following distance – it will take longer for you to respond if the vehicle in front of you slows or comes to a sudden stop.
- Take care when driving behind or passing large vehicles, such as buses and trucks, which may spray water into the air and decrease visibility.
- Use your headlights to make it easier for other drivers to see your vehicle.
- Keep your windshield wipers in good condition, replacing them before the rainy season starts.
- Do not drive through moving water if you cannot see how deep it is – it could sweep your vehicle away.
- Be particularly vigilant in avoiding distractions and keeping your eyes on the road. You will need all of your attention to stay safe in the rain, especially if other drivers are not following the same safety tips.
- Try to stay off the road during particularly heavy rain or thunderstorms, when visibility and road conditions present the most treacherous conditions for drivers.
Ask a Los Angeles Auto Accident Attorney
If you were driving in the rain, wind or fog and were involved in a car accident, a legal professional at our firm can help you start taking the appropriate steps to seek compensation for medical care, property damage, lost earnings and more. You may even be able to seek non-economic damages, which cover emotional trauma, pain, suffering and similar injuries. We offer a free and confidential consultation to help you get started – contact a Los Angeles auto accident attorney today.
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