How Does Wet Pavement Contribute to Accidents?
Written by Greg on May 22, 2020
Houston gets its share of wet weather. According to U.S. Climate Data, the Houston area has about 106 days of rain per year, with an annual average of about 45 inches of precipitation. About one-fourth of accidents happen because of a weather-related problem. Wet pavement can cause or contribute to accidents, but that does not mean that a driver is not still responsible for the accident. Although a driver may try to blame a crash on weather, it is still the driver’s responsibility to drive safely, no matter the conditions. If you were hurt in an auto accident, the negligent driver might owe you money for your injuries.
How Water Impacts Roadways
Rain can cause dangerous conditions on the roads, and drivers must take steps to ensure their safety when driving on wet pavement. Water can impact the safety of our streets in several ways. Light rain can make roads slick because of the oil that is present on the surface. These slippery surfaces reduce the friction of tires on the streets and make it more difficult to control and stop a vehicle. Water can fill potholes and make it difficult to maneuver. Tires with poor tread do not perform well on water. Heavy rains may make it hard to see lane markings and may also lead to hydroplaning. Flooded roads are impassable and may cause lanes to submerge, making it difficult to move forward.
Also, worn wiper blades can make it hard to see during heavy rain. Keeping your car or pickup in safe operating condition by replacing worn tires and wiper blades should be a priority. Here are some tips for driving in the rain.
What Causes Hydroplaning?
Hydroplaning is one of the most severe problems related to wet pavement. Hydroplaning also called aquaplaning, is an uncontrollable slide on damp pavement. Hydroplaning occurs when the water forms a layer between a vehicle’s tires and the pavement surface. The water pushes the vehicle’s tires off the ground and causes the car to ride on the water layer instead of the road. The water carries the car, and the brakes and other functions of control are rendered useless. Driving too fast for conditions can lead to hydroplaning, even if you are traveling below the posted speed limit. Quick movements and turns can also cause a vehicle to hydroplane on wet roads.
Negligence on Wet Pavement
A driver might be responsible for an accident if he or she was negligent. Negligence happens when a driver does something or fails to do something that he knows could result in harm to another. For instance, speeding on wet roadways might be considered negligent because the driver should have known that the conditions could lead to a severe accident.
When someone operates a vehicle with inadequate or worn tires, they know that the tires could cause an accident. A driver must take the necessary steps to ensure his safety on the road. Following an accident, the insurance company typically assesses the crash and assigns fault to the drivers. Driving to fast for inclement weather can be negligence. Following too closely is also a cause of many Houston car wrecks in the rain.
If you were hurt in a crash that was caused by a negligent driver, you might be owed compensation for your damages. Damages include your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, and other legal damages.
If you were hurt in an accident, do not delay. Contact our legal team for guidance. Call Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.