We all should know by now what dangers a rainy day holds for drivers. Sadly, our Los Angeles-based car accident attorneys often find that Californians don’t seem to get it. Hence, when it comes to driving at a safe speed for the overall conditions on the roads, Californian’s fail. And while it is always a great experience to enjoy rain at home, when it comes to driving, you have to pay more attention. So your driving requires a higher level of care. Contrast this with driving on normal, “epic,” sunny days.
It Takes Longer to Stop in the Rain Due to Friction and Slickness:
During inclement weather, we must realize as vehicle drivers that wet roads have reduced distance visibility. Also, distance stopping time due to friction variables gets increased a lot. Your tires are not holding on to the road with as strong a grip as they on regular days. Visibility is another issue when you are faced with when driving right when it is raining.
Obviously, the wind has the potential to blow the car into another lane, or to blow an obstruction into one’s lane. Not seeing a pothole, or some other infrastructure damage or obstruction concealed due to a lane submersion, is also another reason why slowing down is so important in these more flooded conditions. As noted, there are some cocksure drivers on the roads who feel like enjoying the great changes in weather by driving too fast. This can easily spell death or maiming to others sharing the roads with these reckless speed demons.
What Happens On Roads On Rainy Days?
The statistics about rainy weather and traffic accidents are startling. Concerning the percentages of all the accidents that occur on the road, most take place on rainy days or days when the weather is not typical.
The Traffic Study:
From 2002-2012, Booz Allen Hamilton gathered the available data on causes of accidents, including rain and slick surfaces. Based on these reported statistics here, during the average year, approximately 17% percent of deaths, 20% percent of personal injuries, and 24% of property damage with no injuries take place in bad weather or on unusually unctuous thoroughfare veneers.
Mind you, these are the reported numbers, and they are likely higher, but the yearly numbers we do have, are alarming! These stats show an unacceptable approximation of 6,250 fatal traffic collisions, 480,000 bodily injuries of varying levels of harm to individuals. On damage to moving and fixed objects and other property, Booz Allen Hamilton’s numbers show 961,000 incidents of collected data.
Other Inclement Weather Causes of Wrecks:
In addition to rains snow falling, sleet, storms, etc. , are other causes of such high rate of accidents on the road. California has areas like Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead that take you from the desert of San Bernardino to snowy, slippery conditions and thin air quickly, as you drive up the winding roads into the mountains. Most city folks are clueless when it comes to driving in these foreign conditions, even when using four-wheel drive vehicles, or passenger cars equipped with snow chains, for example.
Some regions in the US are not lucky enough to get enough rain during the yea, but they still have the advantage of having fewer traffic accidents due to adverse weather conditions. California is one of the states that see all the different colors of weather, and so you can expect a lot of traffic accidents due to bad weather here.
Blaming the nature is quite an easy thing to do. However, we can’t blame nature for accidents and obtain compensation for the damages in the court. It is quite unfortunate that we the humans play a bigger role in causing these traffic accidents than nature.
Negligence Combined With Wet Weather is the Main Cause of These Wrecks:
When we attorneys investigate the various causes of rain-related vehicle accidents, we are first and foremost trying to identify who the responsible party is, who will pay you for your injuries. During our quest, we have found that the negligence causes most of the accidents that take place on bad weather days. This is from drivers or at least one or more of the parties involved comparatively negligent in combination with other actors or situations. Usually, speed played a major factor in these slick surface accidents.
In other words, we lawyers typically find that it is not the rain’s fault and usually the velocity at which drivers travel that causes most of these wrecks. The Jury Instructions tell us that:
“A person must drive at a reasonable speed. Whether a particular speed is reasonable depends on the circumstances such as traffic, weather, visibility, and road conditions. Drivers must not drive so fast that they create a danger to people or property.” ( CACI 706. Basic Speed Law (Veh. Code, § 22350).)
Change Your Speed When the Surface is Slick:
Speed is so important, especially after a fresh rain when the oil and grease float to the top of the roadway. This is when drivers are at a grave risk of hydroplaning and flying off of the road and off into the berm, or shoulder.
Don’t fit the stereotype. Pretend like you are a native from Chicago, and drive appropriately for the rain, sleet, snow, wind, and so forth. We Sunny California drivers are often too lazy to change the way we drive. So regardless of the conditions we are operating in we just plow along. So you could see people driving recklessly on wet roads. This is the case even though they should be driving quite slow and carefully. So slow down and pay attention.
Stay Off Your Smartphone:
Some people would even go to the extent of taking pictures of the beautiful rain and texting it to their loved ones while driving. It is best that you make a stop and then do this. But that seems quite cumbersome to us. It seems as though many of us love to distract our focus from the road. So it is not unusual for California drivers to give more attention to our text messages and applications.
The Possible Injuries Due To Rainy Day Accidents:
It is hard to make a list of injuries that mainly take place on days with bad weather because an accident on a rainy day can cause all the different types of injuries you might have seen in your nightmares. If you are suddenly met with an accident on a normal day, you can still control your vehicle. This is because of the grip of your car tires on the pavement.
It is clear that on a rainy day it is highly likely that you would lose control of your vehicle due to slippery surfaces. Also, the coefficient of friction differentials on the tires. Multipliers as far as injury risk goes are other conditions that often accompany rain. These scenarios can include soupy fog, crosswinds, and even mud from a landslide that could be partially submerged and hidden from view. This is typical in Malibu Canyon after a fresh rainfall if you are looking for an example.
The most common injuries you will see on rainy days include:
- Extreme distress and trauma
- Fractures in arms and wrists
- Injuries to spine
- Breaking of tibia
- Hip injuries
- Neck injuries
Since the friction is even less than half of what it is on average days, the accidents often take place at higher than typical impact speeds. Even if you stop the car and apply full brakes, you might end up in a collision due to slippage. Don’t even try and slam on your brakes. Even if you do, you might get confused. This is because of your anti-lock brake pulses on your foot. Hence, you could release the peddle too soon after being spooked.
Ehline Is Here To Help:
Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys APLC is here to assist you with all types of vehicle accidents. Our services include representation for pedestrian, plane and train accidents. So when seeking out liable parties to pay you for your injuries, we do the research. We will look to see if it was a traffic light phasing issue. Also, we look at things like road treatment strategy, and speed limit control.
Also, our lawyers examine construction planning, improper evacuation decision timing or other government created the accident risk. Big rig trucking companies rushing to make a delivery can easily result in a calamity on the roads. But even a manufacturing error in safety equipment can be a supervening and intervening cause during a rainfall related motoring collision. If so, we act quickly to add the various agencies and agents as parties to a potential lawsuit.
Put Our Experience to Work for You:
Additionally, At Ehline Law Firm we have the lawyers who rely on their knowledge and skills to win you compensation. But also, we have the passion and spirit to take on the offenders unless they surrender and provide you with a settlement that covers all your expenses and damages.
So we are currently serving the Los Angeles County. Thus, if you have gotten hurt in an accident, call us. We can help with wrecks occurring on the icy, sandy, slushy or slick pavement. Additionally, if someone you love is in pain due to someone else’s negligence on the road, get in touch. Also, let us provide you with a free first consultation. We can make your case strong and see what prospects we have to win it.
“How Do Weather Events Impact Roads?” – (USDOT.)