While the recent storms in the San Diego area have brought welcome rainfall,
they have also created hazardous driving conditions. Impaired visibility,
flooding, and slippery roads all make it more difficult to drive safely.
An estimated 6,250 people are killed and over 480,000 people are injured
in weather-related crashes each year, according to the Federal Highway
Administration. While drivers may suspect that snow and ice cause the
most havoc, nearly half of all weather-related crashes occur (46%) during rainfall.
With this in mind, we want to remind drivers to exercise extra caution
on the road in challenging weather, where even minor mistakes can lead
to serious San Diego car accidents. Below are a few specific tips for
- Decrease your speed. It takes longer to stop or make other adjustments
on a rainy roadway.
- Stay in middle lanes whenever possible. Puddles tend to form in the outside
lanes, which could lead to hydroplaning.
- Increase your following distance, particularly behind trucks and buses
that create spray.
- Maintain alertness by getting proper rest and avoiding drugs or alcohol.
- Use your brakes sparingly; when possible, take your foot off the accelerator
to slow down.
- Use your headlights, even if it is not raining heavily. They not only will
help you see the roadway, but will also make your vehicle more visible
to others. In fact, the California Vehicle Code requires drivers to use
headlamps in inclement weather.
- Avoid driving through puddles if you cannot accurately assess how deep
they are. It is always best to seek an alternative route rather than risk
getting swept off the road.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a
car accident, don’t hesitate to
a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.