Life in Florida means life with rain. Florida is fifth on the list of wettest
states with an average rainfall of 54.5 inches per year compared to an
average of 30.21 inches of rain and snow in the continental United States
(via statistics site currentresults.com. This makes it important for Floridians
to be prepared for wet weather driving. While wet weather can make driving
extra treacherous, ultimately it is still the driver's responsibility
to be prepared and to drive responsibly. Our Panama City rainy day car
crash lawyer works for the injured and/or grieving to ensure justice is
carried out regardless of the weather.
Teens Hurt in Wet Weather Car Crash
A frightening rollover accident in Okaloosa County on Sunday night left
two eighteen year-olds injured, according to a report by WJHG. The single-vehicle
accident occurred when the teens were travelling west on Interstate 10
near Mile Marker 48. It was raining heavily when the driver lost control
causing the vehicle to leave the road, continue moving along the median
for almost 200 feet, and then flip over. According to Florida Highway
Patrol ("FHP") officials, travelling too fast for the weather
conditions was a factor into the incident.
Emergency personnel took the driver and passenger to North Okaloosa Medical
Center. Both had been wearing seat belts. FHP officials stated that both
teens suffered serious injuries with the driver in critical condition
at the time of the report. A relative of one teen, however, suggested
both were in stable condition.
Preparing Your Vehicle for Rainy Days
According to AAA, wet roadways contribute to nearly 1.2 million car accidents
every year. Safe rainy day driving begins before the storm starts with
making sure your vehicle is weather-ready. Windshield wipers should leave
the windshield clear, not wetroad.jpgcovered in streaks that can contribute
to diminished visibility. All of your vehicle's lights should be in
working order, including headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights.
Your tires connect your vehicle to the road and both proper inflation and
tread depth are crucial to good traction in wet weather. Tire pressure
should be checked when the vehicle is "cold," meaning prior
to driving or three hours after a trip, and compared to the recommendation
in your owner's manual. You can check tread depth by placing an upside-down
quarter in the groove. If you can see the top of Washington's head,
the tire needs to be replaced (note: see Car and Driver for a discussion
of the switch to a "quarter test" instead of the "penny
The Importance of a Prepared Diver
A well-maintained vehicle is important, but drivers must also be prepared
to adapt their driving behaviors to changing conditions, including rainy
weather. You can find lists of wet weather driving tips on countless websites,
but AAA summarizes many of these lists with a basic rule: "Slow down
and leave room." These tips should help prevent hydroplaning and
skidding, both of which are discussed in more detail in a prior post that
we've linked below. For those who like visual cues, Wikihow has an
animated series of tips on a page titled How to Drive Safely in the Rain.
No matter how prepared you and your vehicle are, sometimes the best decision
is simply to avoid driving in heavy rainfall. Likewise, if you are out
when the storm hits and rainfall becomes so heavy enough to compromise
visibility, the best choice is often to pull over someplace safe and wait
for the squall to pass. No trip is worth your life.
Liability and Representation
Remember - You may be prepared for the rain, but others may not. Rain may
be a factor in many accidents, but it is not an excuse for negligence.
If an unprepared or negligent driver causes a wet weather crash that leaves
you injured, you may be entitled to money damages.
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