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The Safety Concerns of Wet Roads

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Washington state is known for its rainy weather. Although we may be used to wet conditions, rain can still pose a significant safety concern for motorists. Slippery surfaces, low visibility, and standing water can all contribute to serious accidents and injuries.

Even small amounts of rain can be dangerous. If you plan on driving in rainy weather, it is important to be aware of the risks of wet roads and take steps to avoid accidents when you encounter these conditions.

Why Are Wet Roads Dangerous? 

Wet weather can be dangerous for many reasons. First, drivers are more likely to slip and slide on wet roads than on dry surfaces. However, water itself is not the only factor that contributes to slippery roads. 

After a period of time without rain, oil can build up on the roadway and rise to the surface when it starts to rain. This can create a greasy, slippery surface that can reduce a vehicle’s traction and heighten the risk of an accident.

Additionally, rain makes it difficult for drivers to see out of their windshields. While windshield wipers and headlights can improve visibility, it can be challenging to keep an eye on the road and other drivers in the area during these conditions. Low visibility can lead to an accident.

Finally, rain can cause puddles of standing water to collect on the roadway. When a vehicle travels over these puddles, it can lose traction and start to hydroplane. If a car starts hydroplaning, it is important to avoid sharp braking, turning, or accelerating. These actions can cause serious accidents

How to Drive Safely in the Rain

How to Drive Safely in the Rain

It is clear that driving on wet roads can be dangerous, even for the most experienced drivers. You can reduce the risk of an accident by staying aware of these dangers, remaining alert, and operating your vehicle safely for the conditions.

If you find yourself driving in the rain, keep the following tips in mind to stay safe and avoid a potential accident:

  • Drive Slowly: Slowing down can decrease your chances of getting into a serious accident. When driving on wet roads, drive slowly and leave extra space between your car and other vehicles on the road. 
  • Don’t Panic If You Skid: It is common for a car to skid on wet roads. If you feel yourself losing control of your vehicle, stay calm and do not slam on your brakes. Instead, focus on the road and gently steer your vehicle in the direction that you want to travel.
  • Don’t Use Cruise Control: While your car’s cruise control feature may work on dry surfaces, it can be dangerous in rainy weather. Using cruise control can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. To avoid an accident, do not use this feature and focus your entire attention on the road.

What to Do If You Are Injured in a Rainy Weather Car Accident

Wet roads can be dangerous, but staying calm and alert can help reduce the risk of a serious accident. However, not all drivers take the appropriate amount of car in rainy weather. If you were injured in one of these collisions, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.

A Seattle car accident lawyer can help you hold the at-fault driver accountable and recover fair compensation for your damages. Schedule a legal consultation immediately after your accident to discuss your options for financial recovery.