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by Jeff Rasansky - August 10, 2010
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring – Don’t Get Caught Snoring!

People who get into car wrecks oftentimes have the conditions, at least partially, to blame. Dallas doesn’t suffer the harshest weather conditions in the nation by any means, but there are certain conditions that are dangerous, even when the weather that brings them is relatively mild. Wet road conditions are always dangerous, and provide a good example of this. A wet road can cause all kinds of problems, it can spin a passenger car out of control, cause motorcyclists to lay their bikes down and even cause big rig crashes. It’s good to know how to deal with it.

Rainy conditions affect some of the most important variables for anyone who’s driving a car. They affect:

  • Braking Distance
  • Visibility
  • Road Surface

When you’re in rainy conditions, make sure that you allow yourself more time to stop. No matter what kind of tires and brakes you have, beware of the road conditions and the effects of water on the vehicle’s breaking systems. This can easily send you through a stop sign when you’re expecting to stop or result in a rear end collision if you try to stop for a stoplight that’s about to change when you’re too close to it. Be aware of other drivers who are driving too fast for conditions and keep out of their way.

accident with ambulance - iStock_000001647108SmallSlippery roads and limited visibility are a very dangerous combination. It’s easy to get distracted trying to see the road and to not see what’s coming at you. If the conditions are bad enough, slow down. Stay away from big rigs, as well. They kick up a lot of water, and they have an even harder time stopping in these types of conditions. Remember that they can’t see you behind them sometimes if you’re too close and water or mist is obscuring your vehicle. Use your headlights and give them plenty of room so you don’t end up in a big rig collision.

If you’re injured by a driver who is driving recklessly, especially when they should know better, contact a car wreck lawyer. People have an obligation to be responsible on the roads and, if they’ve caused you an injury or the loss of a loved one, you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney can help you find out for sure. Many of them work without a fee unless you win your claim or a settlement.

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