A flash flood warning was issued in parts of Southeast Texas Monday night as heavy rains poured down and flooded roads. Commuters in and around the Houston area were affected by high water on various roadways, and bus and METRO Rail services experienced shut downs and delays. About 100 flights in and out of the Houston Airport System were also cancelled.
More than four inches of rain fell in northern Harris County, with about three inches reported on the southwest side and about two inches in the Pasadena area. Rainfall was much-needed in these areas, but it did present issues with traffic as well as an increased risk of traffic collisions, as heavy weather is known to do.
At least two lanes were blocked on Main Street, causing a traffic jam along I-45 North. Several inches of water covered Fondren near Highway 59, and several stalled cars were reported in the area. An accident involving high water was reported on I-10 West at the Mason exit ramp. Houston TranStar reported other potentially hazardous high-water locations on I-10 East at Cedar, US 290 eastbound at the West Loop, 59 Eastex northbound at the North Loop and FM 362 northbound at the Waller Crimes County line.
Rain eventually let up and much of the water receded by about 10:30 this morning. According to The Weather Channel, additional rainfall may occur in the Houston area on Wednesday morning, but the rest of the week should be sunny and clear.
Rain and Car Accidents: Helpful Tips
Rain can create unexpected delays and road closures, and it can also increase the chances of car accidents. Heavy rainfall can affect visibility and also creates less-than-ideal road conditions, particularly at the beginning of rainfall after a dry period, when the roads are the slickest. Commuters should take extra caution during and after heavy rains, allowing themselves more time to get to their destinations and adjusting their speed accordingly. Slowing down and allowing more distance between your car and other vehicles may give you the precious time you need to avoid a collision.
If you are involved in an accident while it's raining, engage your hazard lights and try to pull over to the side of the road. If you are unable to pull over to a safe location, it is likely a good idea to remain in your vehicle and telephone for help. If you get out of your car, you may be seriously injured if another driver does not see you or your vehicle and causes a secondary collision.
After rendering aid to others and exchanging contact and insurance information with the other driver, seek medical attention. Visiting your doctor is important even if you feel you are not seriously injured, as injuries like whiplash or back injuries may not become immediately apparent after a collision. Tell your doctor you were in a car accident and make sure you receive any medical care you need.
If your accident was serious and your injuries severe, you may wish to involve an attorney. A Houston car accident attorney at The Daspit Law Firm can work with you on your insurance claim and in seeking compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, if applicable. Experienced legal counsel may make all the difference if the cause of your accident is in question, your claim has been delayed or denied, or you are experiencing any issues recovering a fair settlement. In addition to offering a free initial case review, our firm handles car accident claims on a contingent fee basis, so you pay nothing unless we win. Call today!