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Because of our sub-tropical climate, Alabama and Mississippi drivers must understand how to drive safely in inclement weather. In this blog, we’ll outline 4 ways to drive safely during the rainy season to help decrease the number and severity of weather-related car crashes.
The Alabama and Mississippi rainy season is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. In fact, in 2018, more than 30,000 crashes took place in Alabama during inclement road conditions.
Of course, the best way to avoid being involved in a car crash during poor weather is to avoid driving entirely. However, when you absolutely need to get from place to place, you need to know how to protect yourself.
We are strong advocates for driving sober and free of distractions all year round. During the rainy season, however, maintaining a clear and focused mind is more important than ever. If you’ve had a drink, wait at least one hour per beverage before hitting the road. It takes time for alcohol to leave your system, so be patient and never put others at risk. When driving, put your cell phone away, turn the radio off, and make sure you have everything you need before getting behind the wheel. These simple measures could save your life.
Before driving in the rain, fill up your tank with gas, make sure your windshield wipers are functional, and test your brake lights, headlights, and turn signals. You should also spot check your vehicle’s brakes. If your tires are old, cracked, or bald, replace them before driving. Bad or defective tires with low traction can be especially dangerous when the road is wet, putting you, your passengers, and other drivers and pedestrians at risk.
Defensive driving strategies are designed to give drivers the time and space they need to make safe decisions and avoid negligent drivers and other dangerous situations. You can drive defensively during the rainy season by slowing down, avoiding heavy braking, and keeping plenty of distance between other vehicles. Always drive with your headlights on, and use proper signaling techniques when changing lanes or making turns. Drive within the speed limit and never assume that other drivers will maneuver appropriately or in accordance with local regulations.
Vehicles are prone to hydroplaning when they travel over standing water, which causes their tires to lose their grip on the road. This can cause the vehicle to slide uncontrollably, requiring skillful driving to recover and avoid an accident. Reduce your risk of hydroplaning by driving below the speed limit when the roads are wet. You should also avoid using cruise control and drive around puddles whenever safe to do so.
Distracted driving, reckless driving under the conditions, or even poorly made parts can all cause accidents — especially when the road conditions aren’t ideal.
“If you’ve been involved in a car crash due to someone else’s poor choices or reckless driving, you shouldn’t have to bear your pain and stress alone. Instead, you should contact a skilled, experienced, and reputable car accident attorney who understands how the weather in Mississippi and Alabama can impact drivers’ safety and who is willing to fight for your rights as you heal.”
While you are committed to taking every precaution during the rainy season, not everyone gets behind the wheel with safety in mind. When reckless drivers or faulty parts cause you or someone you love harm, you shouldn’t have to suffer because of their mistakes.
Please reach out today to speak with a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney who has had success in similar situations before. If you are unable to travel to our office, we are happy to meet with you remotely to help you understand your case, your options, and any legal steps you might take.
(2019). 2018 Crash Facts. Alabama Department of Transportation. Retrieved from https://www.caps.ua.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/CrashFacts_2018.pdf
Dorian, D. (2019, May 13). Study Shows Even Light Rain Increases Risk of Traffic Fatalities. Car and Driver. Retrieved from https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a27453134/rain-car-accident-risk-higher/
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.
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