South Florida summers are well known for their deluge of heavy rains. In Florida, heavy rain can strike unexpectedly and often leads to car accidents. Our recent wet weather has caused several accidents throughout the Miami-Dade area, and many more throughout the state. Rain causes thousands of car accidents nationally each year as rain diminishes visibility and creates slick conditions.
One of the main problems with heavy rain is that many drivers simply do not understand how to drive safely in it. Rain tends to lead to two types of drivers: the reckless drivers and the excessively timid. Both types of drivers can cause accidents during slick conditions. Overly timid drivers tend to exaggerate the dangers of rain and drive at unreasonably low speeds. It irks me when drivers who are moving put their 4-way emergency flashers on. It is against the law to put on a vehicle’s emergency flashers due to rain. It makes sense if you think about it. When you see a car or truck with it’s flashers on you naturally assume it’s broken down and stopped. This ca and has caused many serious injuries. In heavy rain you should pull safely off the road if you are not confident or slow for the conditions. When the weather limits the number of available lanes, as heavy rain can do, this type of driver can cause traffic to back up and increase the risk of rear end accidents. Reckless drivers, on the other hand, ignore the dangers of wet weather and drive at full speed or even greater, even when conditions are slick and visibility low. These drivers pose a major hazard to all road users.
Our Miami car accident lawyers have prepared the following list of tips designed to help you stay safe during this summer rainy weather:
• First and foremost, slow down. Drive slower than you normally would during heavy rains because it will take you longer to stop.
• Do not become a road hazard, however, by driving too slow. Maintain a reasonable speed and exit the roadway if you feel unsafe continuing to drive.
• Stay in the middle lanes or the one with the highest elevation, as it tends to stay the driest.
• Maintain a safe following distance. Increase your distance to longer than the three second rule due to the increased stopping time caused by wet weather.
• Avoid using your brakes, especially if you have an anti-lock brake system.
• Never drive through moving water if you cannot see the ground through it–your car could be swept off the road.
• Always have your lights and wipers on..
• In the event your vehicle hydroplanes, remain calm. Ease your foot from the gas and carefully steer in the direction the direction of the skid This procedure, termed steering into the skid, will bring the back end of your car in line with the front.
• Drive defensively–remember that even if you are the safest driver in the world, those around you may not be. Stay vigilant and have a safe exit planned.
If you are involved in a rain related car accident, contact a licensed car accident attorney as soon as possible. Your best chance of a strong recovery will involve prompt investigation by an experienced lawyer.
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