Snow, sleet, ice, slush, dust, fog, rain, and even just wet roads can create unique conditions that can affect vehicle control, driver visibility, road texture and more. Unfortunately, these conditions can easily lead to car accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), more than one million crashes are estimated to occur due to weather-related causes each year.

With the help of an experienced Houston car accident lawyer, victims hurt in such accidents on Texas roadways can get the help they need to recover.

Rain Is the Deadliest Weather Hazard

Drivers often underestimate the impact of weather on road safety, especially in the case of rain. This overconfidence may be exactly why so many accidents occur on wet or rainy roads; drivers simply don’t recognize the seriousness of reduced friction and decreased visibility.

The idea that “it’s just rain” can make some drivers follow too closely, drive too fast or pass recklessly on slippery roads. Drivers who are otherwise very careful may also be afraid to slow down for fear of appearing overly cautious. Whatever the case, DOT rain accident statistics show that rain accounts for almost half of all weather-related fatalities on the road.

The Tragic Repercussions of Bad Weather Accidents

Depending on the type of weather and the severity of the accident, the outcomes of weather-related crashes can vary significantly. The following are just a few examples:

  • Physical injuries
      • Bruises, cuts
      • Broken bones
      • Internal bleeding
  • Long-term health issues
      • Chronic pain
      • Paralysis (full or partial)
      • Permanent disability
  • Financial repercussions
      • Medical costs
      • Loss of income
      • Vehicle repair bills
  • Emotional toll
      • Trauma, PTSD
      • Anxiety
      • Depression

How to Prevent Car Accidents in Hazardous Weather

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Here are a few ways you can protect yourself (and others) from weather-related accidents.

Slow Down and Pay Attention

Even if it’s just raining, be ready to drive a bit slower and more cautiously than usual. If the road is wet, plan to slow down by roughly a third of your usual speed.

Keep Up with Vehicle Maintenance

Bald tires and worn-out brakes can make it even more difficult to keep control of your car in bad weather. Check tread thickness regularly and try to keep a normal maintenance schedule.

If It’s Especially Bad, Don’t Drive

Know when it’s time to delay or cancel travel. Many weather services provide convenient travel forecasts and recommendations that can help you decide whether it’s safe to drive. If you’re not confident you or your vehicle can handle the conditions safely, don’t get behind the wheel.

Injured in a Car Accident Due to Weather? We Can Help!

If you’ve been hurt in an accident involving poor weather conditions, you have a right to be compensated for your losses. The expert accident attorneys at Johnson Garcia, LLP can help you deal with insurance companies and fight for what you deserve as a victim. Call (832) 844-6700 to schedule your free consultation today!

Sources:

  1. https://weather.com/safety/winter/news/weather-fatalities-car-crashes-accidents-united-states
  2. https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/q1_roadimpact.htm
  3. https://www.defensivedriving.com/safe-driver-resources/what-to-do-if-you-hydroplane/