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by Jeff Rasansky - November 14, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

A heavy storm at the beginning of October ended up shutting down several lanes of traffic and leaving thousands without power. The store, which came during the evening hours of Saturday, October 13, took down power lines, leaving 22,000 people without power, according to NBC News. The storm also caused the police to shut down two lanes of 35E and is believed to have contributed to several accidents.

Weather and car accidents.

accident with ambulance - iStock_000001647108SmallInclement weather can cause serious issues on the road. Not only do the roads become more dangerous, but drivers tend to be stressed and to have compromised vision. From the standpoint of simple physics, cars on wet road do not have the traction or braking ability that they do on dry roads. This sets up a potentially deadly situation. Overestimate how much control you have over your car in these conditions and you could find yourself at the hospital being treated for car accident injuries or worse.

The best advice in weather like this is to get off of the road altogether, if possible. Even if you’re an excellent driver and have no doubt about your ability to handle the conditions, that doesn’t mean that other drivers have the same level of ability or that they’re working as hard to drive safely. One negligent driver can be the difference between life and death in such situations.

There are cases where large vehicles, such as semis, lose control in this type of weather, as well. When those large vehicles go out of control, there is really nothing that’s going to stop them and, if you’re in their path, it could be a deadly situation. If you can, stay off the road until the weather passes and until it’s safe to drive again.

If you are on the road, slow down as much as you need to so that you could react before striking the car in front of you. This is usually around 2 seconds of time, which is also, unfortunately, a lot farther back than people usually stay behind the car in front of them.

If you’re injured by a negligent driver or if someone in your family is killed by a negligent driver, talk to a car wreck lawyer. Even if the weather is dangerous, people still have an obligation to make sure that they’re not endangering other drivers on the road. Sometimes, not doing so is considered negligence and you may be able to file a lawsuit.

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