Spinouts, SigAlerts and slick roads can only mean one thing in Orange County-we’ve received the first major rain storm of the season! We typically get our first rain in Southern California in November, on average, receiving little to no rain from April to October. However, after months of dirt and oil accumulation on the roads and so when it does rain, our roads become very dangerous for motorists and often contribute to serious personal injury accidents.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) estimates that car accidents typically double or triple during the rainy season in here in Southern California. The main reason is that people don’t alter their driving behaviors and keep driving as fast as they would normally drive. Slowing down and keeping more than the normal one car length for every ten miles and hour saves lives and keeps you safe. Here are also some tips to be aware of.
Skidding and Hydroplaning in rainy conditions are often the result of driving on wet roads. Skidding can be prevented by slowing down, especially on curves on transition roads and overpasses. These surfaces are often built at curving angles and may cause slipping and skidding issues for automobiles.
Besides driving more slowly, motorist must also be aware of driving through puddles too quickly. Yes, it’s always fun to watch the big spray of water coming from the car, but this can lead to water getting into the engine compartment and causing it to stall. If you do drive through an unexpected puddle, check that your brakes are working properly by tapping them gently a few times after you exit.
Lastly studies have shown that most motorist change their wiper blades every two to three years. Your wipers should be changed twice a year due to our extreme weather conditions. There’s nothing worse than driving in the rain and you turn on the wipers only to get see it shred in front of your eyes. Make sure tires are in good condition and are at the recommended inflation level. Driving with bald tires on a slippery surface is a major factor in skidding. Tires should have at least 1/32nd of an inch tread depth at any two adjacent grooves, the minimum allowable by law. Driving on tires that are over-inflated or under-inflated is also extremely dangerous on wet pavement.
If you have been injured in one of the hundreds of recent motor vehicle accidents during our recent rain storm, don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney firm like Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie immediately. You can call us at 1 888 752-7474. Whether you are seeking help for a property damage issue, injuries or just inquiring on your legal rights, selecting the right firm can make all of the difference. Allen Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie has over 30 years experience serving the communities of Orange County, California. Call them today for a free consultation.