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The risks associated with driving in the rain

On Behalf of | May 6, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Driving in the rain is sometimes necessary, but it can also be risky when a driver does not give the proper attention and caution. Distracted and negligent driving are dangerous in any circumstances, but it can be particularly so when the roads are wet due to rain. Every Louisiana driver has the responsibility to know how to drive safely in the rain.

If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by another driver in bad weather, more than just the rain may be to blame for what happened to you. It is possible the other driver made reckless choices that ultimately led to your harm. Vigilant and responsible driving when the weather is bad greatly reduces the chance of a collision and that someone else will suffer harm.

Need to drive in the rain?

One of the most obvious risks associated with driving in the rain are the wet roads. There is also the issue of reduced visibility. To offset these hazards and make it safer to drive while the weather is poor, the following tips may be useful:

  • Make sure the vehicle is safe before driving it in the rain. Bald tires, bad brakes and other problems can be especially dangerous when it’s raining.
  • It is imperative to drive slowly in the rain. Reduced speeds can help a driver see better and avoid hazards, such as standing water.
  • Using headlights can help a driver see and allow other vehicles to see as well. Windshield wipers that work are also important for seeing better in the rain.
  • Braking suddenly and forcefully can make it more likely that a driver will lose control of the vehicle. Avoid following too closely and driving too fast.

These are simple tips that can make a significant difference in safety and the likelihood of an accident. When a driver is not cautious behind the wheel, he or she is endangering everyone on the road, regardless of the weather.

What can you do?

If you believe your accident was the result of the reckless and negligent actions of another person, you have legal options. It is your right to pursue recourse in the form of a civil claim, through which you may be able to secure financial compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as various accident-related financial losses. An assessment of your case with an experienced attorney can help you understand the most appropriate way to move forward.