Rain Leads to Car Accidents

car accidentRain: A Significant Factor In Car Accidents

As East Tennessee prepares for another wet weekend, we look at how rain leads to car accidents. Inclement weather is present during 17% of fatal crashes, 20% of injury crashes, and 24% of property-damage-only crashes. Eleven percent of all accidents occur during rain, and seventeen percent occur while there are slick roadways (these numbers overlap).

Rainy weather and wet pavement reduces tire traction, visibility distance, and traffic predictability. Slower traffic may lead to increased congestion and delays, including disrupting timing for traffic signals. These issues are exacerbated when roadways become submerged. Flooding can lead to roads becoming impassable and also leads to debris flowing onto roadways.

There are a number of ways to decrease your likelihood of having a car accident in inclement weather. When driving in the rain or on slick roads, decrease speed and increase following distances to avoid collisions. Improve your visibility by using headlights and windshield wipers. Listen to traffic reports to avoid congested or closed roads, and turn around if you encounter flooding. Do not use cruise control, as this can make it more difficult to respond to changing conditions and can also cause your car to accelerate if you hydroplane or lose traction. Driving in inclement weather also requires greater attention than driving in ideal conditions, so take even more care to stay alert and avoid distractions.

In preparation for rain and slick roads, please check your windshield wipers, headlights, and tire tread to ensure that your car is best suited for these challenging driving conditions.

If you do find yourself involved in an accident during inclement weather, leave your lights on and try to get out of the roadway. Remain in your car if it is safe to do so, otherwise leave the roadway and maximize your visibility to avoid further collisions. It may take police and other emergency responders longer to reach you during inclement weather.

What Can a Car Wreck Lawyer Do for Me?

Car Wreck Lawyer

Until they are injured in a car accident, most people have never even met a car accident attorney. Most people assume that when they have major damage to their vehicle or have been injured as the result of a car wreck, their insurance company will come through for them. It is fair to wonder what benefit can come from hiring an experienced car wreck attorney. Here are some things you should consider.

An Experienced Car Wreck Attorney Knows the Law
From the time you meet with an attorney until the case is closed, that attorney will know how to apply the facts of your case to the law. The attorney will listen to your story, investigate the details, advise you about the claim, and be able to take the right steps to get you what you are entitled to under the law.

An Experienced Car Wreck Attorney Communicates
After a car accident, people are pulled in different directions. The other driver’s insurance company wants to talk to you. Your insurance company wants to talk to you. Your health insurance may even be calling. A car accident attorney takes over communication with the insurance companies. An experienced car accident lawyer will work with each of these companies to move your claim forward while representing your best interests.

An Experienced Car Wreck Lawyer Gathers Information
It takes a lot of leg work to move a car wreck claim forward. An experienced car wreck attorney will coordinate gathering medical records, reports, statements, and evidence, and make sure that those items are used properly to help your claim.

An Experienced Car Accident Attorney Answers Your Questions
The law can sound complicated and every car wreck case is different. A car accident attorney will explain to you what is happening with your case and advise you on your best course of action.

An Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Understands Damages
There are several types of damages that you may be owed. An experienced car accident attorney will understand and explain the different types of damages that may be involved and will pursue a recovery for every type of damage that you are entitled to under the law.

An Experienced Car Wreck Attorney Is Prepared to Go to Court
Many cases are settled outside of court. However, an experienced car wreck attorney knows how to handle the litigation process and is prepared to take a case to court to fight for the rights of an injured client.

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