Woman Seriously Injured After Accident on I-10
Written by Greg on January 2, 2019
A woman was seriously injured after she lost control of her vehicle on wet roads while driving on the I-10 Katy Freeway at Washington. According to reports, the accident happened when the woman’s vehicle slid off the road while on the exit ramp. The vehicle hit the curb and then slid off the road, hit a tree, and overturned. The woman’s vehicle was crushed, trapping her inside. She was rescued by firefighters and transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
The wet weather may be to blame for this and an increase in accidents on the road during the commute when it was raining. In fact, weather conditions contribute to accidents on our roadways all the time. However, people need to drive more cautiously when the conditions are less than perfect outside. In this case, it was a single-vehicle accident, but other vehicles could easily be involved in this type of crash.
Why is Wet Weather Dangerous for Drivers?
Wet weather can cause dangerous road conditions for drivers. When the roads are dry, they accumulate oils and other byproducts from traffic. These substances are not normally dangerous, but when they begin to mix with water, they can cause slick spots on the road. These slick spots are virtually invisible and drivers may find it difficult to avoid them. That is why driving more slowly when it rains is a good defensive driving practice.
Downpours are hazardous because they limit the visibility and make it difficult to see drivers ahead of you. Stopping is also more difficult on wet pavement. It can take you twice as long, or more, to stop on wet pavement than on dry. Braking or turning suddenly can cause your vehicle to skid out of control.
Another problem that rain causes is the possibility of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle’s tires are actually on top of the water and are not in contact with the road. This may happen when there is a lot of water on the road and you are traveling too fast. Your vehicle may simply be surfing on the water’s surface because your tires can not disperse water away quickly enough to maintain contact with the road.
According to Safe Motorist, hydroplaning is most likely to occur during the first 10 minutes of rain. Hydroplaning is a scary and hazardous condition because you have no control over the vehicle. If you are traveling at a high rate of speed, the accident is more likely to be serious. The best way to keep from hydroplaning is to drive slowly on wet or flooded pavement.
Help After an Accident
If you were hurt in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence you may be owed compensation. You are likely entitled to money for all the damages that you incurred due to the accident. Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages and money for pain and suffering, among other things.
An experienced Houston personal injury attorney will help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our highly skilled accident attorneys have helped thousands of accident victims get the money they were owed and we can help you, too. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free case consultation. Call 281-587-1111!