Rain is Named as the Deadliest Weather Driving Hazard

Contrary to popular belief, snow and ice are NOT the most deadly driving hazards. It’s rain. According to USA Today, rain has been named the deadliest weather driving hazard, more so than snow. Rain causes more driving fatalities than snow in 39 of the 50 states, according to a new analysis of federal data.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that more than 32,460 car accidents are caused as a result of wet and slippery roadway conditions. The majority of these accidents are caused by a driver’s inability to stop, stay on the road and avoid a collision with another vehicle on the wet roadways.

James Koermer, a meteorology professor emeritus at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, said, “Even though winter conditions do generate their share of accidents, wet conditions are generally more common in many areas. And drivers are often less cautious than they might be with winter conditions.”

Florida drivers must prepare for particularly dangerous road conditions as the rainy season approaches. Orlando’s rainy season is between June and September. Accidents can be avoided with proper vehicle maintenance and careful driving. Make sure your tires are in good condition and that your windshield wipers are in proper working order. Drivers who fail to adjust their driving because of the weather conditions and are involved in an accident can be held liable for injury to others and property damage.

Use Extra Caution When Driving In The Rain

Wet roadways can affect a driver’s response time and a vehicle’s performance, which often results in accidents. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident in rainy weather conditions, it is important to contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer to help you file a lawsuit. The law firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A. is dedicated to protecting the rights of those involved in automobile accidents. We can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.

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