Aquaplaning & Hydroplaning Accidents

July 31, 2014

Hydroplaning – also known as “aquaplaning” – occurs when the tires of a vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle or other) loses contact with the road surface due to a thin layer of water getting between the surface and the tread on the tire.

The resulting action is often an immediate loss of steering in the vehicle, which is generally accompanied by the vehicle drifting or pulling into one direction or the other. In some instances, this loss of control can result in a serious auto accident, which often involves other vehicles being involved in the collision.

If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident that was caused by hydroplaning, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries – including the costs associated with the medical treatment and recovery from those injuries.

To find out how we can help, simply fill out the “Free Case Review” form to the right.

Common Causes Of Hydroplaning

By design, the grooves that are manufactured into road tires are designed to not only grip the road surface, but to also disperse any water that the tire tread comes in contact with, and expelling it from the center of the tread pattern to the outer edges of the tire – centrifugal force also aids this process.

However, despite recent advances in wet weather tire performance, there are some primary elements that can induce hydroplaning.

Some of these factors can include (but are not limited to):

As with most driving environments, it’s important for motorists to drive defensively and to be aware of the weather and outside driving conditions at all times.

Driver Responses To Aquaplaning & Prevention Tips

As a general rule, if a vehicle is traveling in a straight line when the aquaplane starts, the driver may notice a decreased level of “road feel” through the wheel, which often startles many motorists.

In fact, most drivers initially react to this feeling by trying to grab the wheel and steer out of the situation however, this is generally counterproductive in the majority of hydroplaning situations.

Some useful tips for avoiding or possibly escaping a hydroplane can include:

By using some of these basic tips, you may be able to escape or avoid an aquaplaning situation.

Hydroplaning Accident Victim? Contact Our Mobile Auto Accident Lawyers Today

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by aquaplaning, the injury victim may be eligible to claim compensation for their injuries – including lost wages and costs associated with medical treatment other expenses related to the injury.

Having won more than $40 MILLION in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, here at the Citrin Law Firm, we are compassionate to auto injury victims and have knowledge and resources to fight for your MAXIMUM injury compensation.

We proudly work on a contingency basis – which means that we only charge you for our fees and services if we obtain a settlement or verdict for your case – and also offer 100% FREE initial case reviews, to help determine if you have grounds to file a lawsuit.

To find out how we can help you, contact us today at 251-888-8888 and a member from our customer intake staff will quickly connect you to an experienced car accident lawyer that is best suited to handling your specific case.

Alternatively, simply fill out the “Free Case Review” form located at the top of this page – it’s strictly confidential and 100% FREE.

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