Spring is here and it might seem that car accidents are less likely because there is no more snow and ice. However, the reality is that rain is much more dangerous. According to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, approximately 22% of car crashes are weather-related. And of these crashes, 73% happen on wet pavement and 46% during rainfall. That’s a lot more crashes than those occurring during winter conditions. Just 17% of weather-related accidents occur during snow or sleet, 13% occur on icy pavement and 14% take place on snowy or slushy pavement.
Most people can’t avoid driving in bad weather and that means keeping in mind that cars and roadways may not respond the same way in the rain as they would normally. Pavement may be slick or damaged making it more dangerous to drive. Stopping distance is increased and tires may not grip the roadway properly. Visibility is reduced and obstructions are harder to see. Lane departures are already one of the biggest causes of accidents, and in bad weather, it can be harder to see lane markings as well as other cars in the vicinity. These risks can’t be avoided. But weather-related problems are often compounded by driver negligence. Too often drivers don’t take road conditions seriously. They drive too fast, maneuver too quickly, don’t leave enough distance to stop, or don’t pay extra attention to road obstructions. This can result in serious accidents. Unfortunately, nearly 6,000 people are killed and over 445,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes each year.
Drivers need to take extra care in bad weather. In places like New York, where traffic is very bad, drivers are notorious for losing patience and being in a rush. But that kind of negligence can have severe consequences. Life-long injuries, high medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of wages are all potential consequences of being in an accident. If you’ve been hurt in a weather-related car crash, you may still be able to obtain compensation for your injuries from a responsible driver. Contact us for a consultation about your case.