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Why Does Bad Weather Put Pedestrians at Significant Risk?

Why Does Bad Weather Put Pedestrians at Significant Risk?

Drivers throughout Houston are at risk whenever the rain starts to fall. In many situations, the slippery roads and added traffic can make for severe dangers. However, many other parties are in harm’s way during an intense downpour: pedestrians.

While you may think that fewer people would walk when it’s raining out, there are still people on the sidewalks. Significant problems arise when drivers lose a good portion of their visibility. Loss of visibility is common when the rain hits their windshield and fog is thick. Drivers must pay close attention to pedestrians—even more so in the rain.

Drive Slowly

Drivers must take the time to operate slower than the speed limit. The rain presents significant problems because of the slippery oil patches, potholes, and more. The rain can also make it challenging for drivers to suddenly stop if they are driving too fast for the conditions.

When approaching a crosswalk, the inability to stop can have devastating implications on others. Pedestrians are especially at risk because any crash involving people without a metal frame protecting them can lead to lifelong injuries.

Windshield Wipers

Any driver should ensure they’re making an effort to maintain his or her vehicle. It is often a lack of maintenance that causes many problems on the road. The same is true when drivers don’t maintain their windshield wipers before a downpour.

The worn wipers can cause more harm than good as they create streaks across the window. When you factor in the fog due to the weather, it’s challenging to see out of the windshield.

Visibility issues are some of the worst problems to experience as a driver. Some drivers may even have to pull over when they can’t see out of their front windshield. Make sure windshield wipers are working correctly to prevent any problems.

At Daspit Law Firm, we aim to help the injured when a crash is the result of negligence. Our Houston car accident lawyers are not afraid to fight for injured pedestrians when drivers fail to operate their vehicle safely for the treacherous conditions.

Call us today at (888) 273-1045 for a free consultation.