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Why the First Rain Is So Dangerous for Car Accidents

Why the First Rain Is So Dangerous for Car Accidents

Driving in the rain can be hazardous but driving in the first rain after a dry spell poses even greater risks. If you have experienced an accident that resulted from the negligent actions of someone else, no matter the weather conditions, you will probably need the help of a personal injury attorney. You can find this type of assistance at the Daspit Law Firm.

The Risks of Driving in the Rain

Fall will soon arrive, which usually means an increase in precipitation in the Houston area. The first hours of the first rain of the season can be particularly hazardous because the moisture will release oil and other substances that have accumulated in the pavement.

This watery mix can create a slippery condition that is even worse than heavy rain. Additionally, other drivers who were accustomed to driving in fair weather conditions might not display the caution that is required in rainy conditions.

Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain

Whether you are driving in the first rain of the season or in an ongoing deluge, you need to reduce your speed due to the simple fact that your vehicle will be more difficult to stop on wet pavement. It is for the same reason why you need to increase the distance between the vehicles you are following.

You should also use your headlights, but keep them on low beam. High beam lights can reflect off the rain, causing an intense glare.

Hydroplaning, a condition that involves a total loss of tire traction, can occur when the pavement is only damp, which is another good reason to exercise caution after the first rain.

What to do After an Accident

The safest drivers are not immune from auto accidents caused by others who are careless.

In the event of an accident that causes a serious injury, you may wish to seek damages from the guilty party to cover medical expenses, to replace lost wages and to compensate for the physical and emotional pain you have experienced.