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Heavy rain causes dangerous road conditions

When the seasons change so does the weather, but some weather can bring hazards to the roadway. Although the snow has left the roads for good in most states, drivers should be aware of dangerous road conditions besides snow and ice. Flooding roads and debris from storms can cause hazards for drivers. Watching speeds and remaining attentive are crucial, and drivers should avoid texting while driving, so they can remain focused on the road at all times, in order to avoid a car accident.

It is often heard that April showers bring May flowers. Unfortunately, they can also bring car accidents. Several states across the nation are experiencing an abundance of rain, which can create hazards for drivers of all types of vehicles on the road. Slick roads increase the chances of being in a collision, especially during heavy rainfall. During a storm, it might be hard to see due to the rain, fogged windows and inadequate lighting. Although it is advised that drivers avoid driving during inclement weather, drivers should take specific steps in order to avoid being in an accident.

Driver should reduce their speeds, turn on their headlights, utilize their defrosters, avoid using cruise control and avoid distractions, such as texting. Drivers should also prepare for rainy weather by making sure they have adequate windshield wipers.

When accidents occur during dangerous weather, it might be due to a negligent driver, who is traveling at speeds too high for conditions. When someone is injured in a collision caused by a negligent driver in hazardous weather, they might be able to file a personal injury claim. This would cover the costs of any damages or medical bills that resulted from the collision.

Whether it is a sunny day or a rainy day, drivers should take precautions, and drive appropriately for the road conditions. This might mean reducing speeds, pulling over or avoiding driving all together.

Source: Woodbridge Patch, “April Showers Bring…a Lot of Accidents,” Mary Simpson, April 30, 2013.

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