This Spring, Remember To Drive Safely In The Rain
We all know that Texas roads can be extremely dangerous. Between the rising epidemic of distracted driving and the persistent rain that occurs in Houston every spring, it’s no wonder accidents continue to happen on Texas roads. A recent fatal accident in Texas caused by a woman speeding on wet roads serves as an unfortunate reminder for drivers to be extra cautious when driving on wet roads this spring.
Dangers Of Driving On Wet Roads
According to the US Department of Transportation, there are roughly 5,891,000 vehicle crashes every year. Approximately 21% of these crashes are weather related. This means an average of 5,000 people are killed in weather-related motor vehicle accidents each year.
The vast majority of these accidents are caused by wet or slick pavement brought about by rainfall. It is no secret that Houston receives heavy amounts of rain every spring. With this comes impaired visibility, loss of pavement traction, lane submersion, skidding, and loss of control when driving your vehicle.
Because of increased risks of car accidents while driving in the rain, it is important to keep these safety tips in mind:
- Do a safety check first. Safety starts before you are caught driving through a thunderstorm. Make sure your windshield wipers and headlights are working properly before you find yourself needing them.
- Slow down and leave room. Significantly reduce your speed as visibility and control of your vehicle starts to decline in heavy rain. Leave plenty of space between you and the cars in front of you.
- Respond properly to skidding. Don’t panic if your car starts to skid. Avoid slamming on the breaks and steer in the direction the car wants to go in.
- Forget cruise control. Stay alert and concentrate fully on driving safely. Avoiding cruise control will help you operate your vehicle more efficiently should you need to react quickly to a weather related incident.
Houston Auto Accident Attorneys
While we do not have control over the weather, drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner. There is no excuse for reckless drivers that cause accidents during severe weather events. If you or a loved one was a victim of an auto accident caused by an irresponsible driver, contact the Houston auto accident attorneys at Dax F. Garza P.C. today.