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.
Consider these tips to avoid an accident on a rainy day:
- Leave earlier and allow more time to get to your destination
- Slow down and allow more distance between your car and other vehicles
- Avoid making sudden maneuvers or turning too quickly/sharply
- Inspect your windshield wipers and replace them if necessary
- Avoid driving your vehicle if your tires are in need of replacement, as they will less effectively grip the road
What to Do After a Car Accident in the Rain
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.
Afterrendering 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 The Daspit Law Firm at (888) 273-1045.