Car crash and fatal crash statistics increase even in light rain conditions, according to a new study. The the American Meteorological Society has stated that wet roads were noted in many fatal car crashes, showing a statically significant trend nationally. However, the trend for Pennsylvania is not as pronounced, as seen in this Allentown area news article on the study.
We all know that driving in ice and snow can be dangerous, but how often do drivers consider rain a threat? Especially if that rain is only a light sprinkle, and not a downpour? However, rain can make even a short drive difficult. It impairs your line of sight, and makes the roads slick. Rain can also bring oil and other substances to the surface of the street. A wet road, or a wet road with oil is a dangerous place to steer or stop.
Drivers can take steps to avoid a car crash. Even before they get behind the wheel. Make sure that tires are in good shape, and the tread is not too worn down. Check your fluids, especially the windshield wipers before a storm. Pay attention to the road and follow signs and warnings. Do not speed. Finally, if you don’t have to drive in inclement weather…. Don’t! There is no reason to risk your safety by driving in bad weather.
Car accident happen every day – caused by rain, other drivers, distraction, and other causes. But when a crash occurs, do you know what steps to take? If are are involved in a collision, whether fender-bender or serious, call an attorney to learn about your rights. At Graham & Mauer, we are always pleased to help people navigate the process following a car crash. We can provide information about dealing with insurance, paying medical bills, what to do with your vehicle and other concerns.