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Rain and traffic collision risks

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Rainy weather can make driving conditions more challenging and increase the risk of traffic accidents and injuries. Sadly, these crashes leave many people hurt and even killed.

It is vital for drivers to go over the risks associated with driving in the rain and strategies to stay safe.

Loss of control and poor visibility

When rain falls, the roads become slick and slippery, reducing traction between tires and the road surface. This can lead to vehicles skidding, sliding or hydroplaning, resulting in loss of control and potential collisions. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 75% of weather-related traffic collisions take place on pavement that is wet.

Reduced visibility represents one of the main reasons why rain increases the likelihood of traffic accidents. Rain can obscure road signs, traffic signals and other vehicles, making it harder for drivers to see and react in time to avoid accidents. Heavy rain can also create a glare on the road surface, further compromising visibility.

Road conditions and driver behavior

Rain also affects road conditions. Puddles can form on the road, leading to hydroplaning where a vehicle’s tires lose contact with the road surface and skim on a thin layer of water. Hydroplaning can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, potentially resulting in a crash. Another factor to consider is the behavior of other drivers on the road during rainy weather. Some drivers may not adjust their speed or driving habits to account for the slippery road conditions, increasing the risk of accidents.

To reduce the risk of traffic accident injuries in rainy weather, drivers need to slow down and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. They should turn on their headlights to improve visibility and avoid sudden braking or sharp turns. By being mindful of the challenges posed by rainy weather and taking appropriate precautions, drivers can help reduce the risk of traffic accidents and injuries for themselves and others on the road.

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