- Decreased visibility. Drivers who cannot see as well cannot drive as well or avoid accidents. Visibility may be reduced because of the sheer volume of precipitation, because of fog, because of worn out wiper blades, or because of another driver’s failure to turn on lights.
- Decreased traction. When the pavement gets wet, materials left on the surface such as oils, fuel, and even leaves and debris create a slick surface that even good tires may have trouble holding the road on. And if a driver doesn’t have good tires, gaining traction may be impossible.
- Hydroplaning. This occurs when the car loses contact with the pavement because of a layer of water and the car is literally traveling on top of the water. This can be a terrifying experience for the driver who will feel as though they cannot control the car.
What Drivers Can And Should Do To Avoid Accidents In Wet Conditions
Although there are no guarantees that every accident can be avoided, there are some steps drivers can take to reduce the likelihood of an accident in wet conditions.
- Don’t rush. Leaving extra travel time can take a lot of pressure off of a driver to try to maintain normal speeds in slick conditions. Driving slower gives a driver (and vehicle) more time to react and respond.
- Leave room. One of the problems drivers face in slick conditions is stopping in enough time to avoid hitting the car ahead of them. Leaving some extra room between your car and the car in front of you is a better idea.
- Maintain the car. Make sure the headlights are working, the wipers are in good condition, the brakes are functioning properly, and the tires have enough tread in them.
- No “cruising.” Cruise control may be convenient for dry road conditions but may not be appropriate in wet or slick road events because the likelihood of losing control of the car is greater.
If You Are Injured In An Accident
With over 25 years of experience, the attorneys at The Law Office of WT Johnson can help you understand the legal and financial implications of recovering from a car accident due to slick or wet conditions which may include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage and replacement
- Intangible costs such as pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
If you have been injured in a Dallas car accident, contact us today at (214) 231-0544 and Toll Free (800) 738-4046.