Wet Weather Contributes to Accidents in Austin


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It is no secret that weather conditions can contribute to cause more accidents. Whether it’s rain, high wind or even reduce visibility from drizzle, tough conditions definitely lead to accidents. The majority of car accidents that occur in wet weather or due to the driver losing control of their vehicle or failing to stop timely on the wet roadway. The conditions were tough this weekend in Austin and the accident statistics show it.

Commercial truck drivers are required by regulation to use extreme caution when they are in hazardous conditions such as rain. Everyday drivers can take a safety lesson from the truck safety regulations. Slowdown when the roads are wet. If you have reduce visibility make sure you stay within your visibility, and if conditions get bad enough find a safe place to pull off the roadway until the conditions improve.

There are a few other things that you can do to improve your odds of arriving safely in wet conditions. First, find a high spot on the roadway and drive in that lane. Follow the car in front of use tracks as they would have cleared out some of the rain from the tracks. Do not drive to standing water unless you cannot avoid it.

Hydroplaning occurs when the tires do not make sufficient contact with the roadway. Make sure your tread is in good condition and consider replace your tires with tires designed to perform well in wet conditions. Technology has improved tires over the last five years and designs have gotten more user-friendly as far as the rain is concerned.

If the weather is bad enough consider postponing your travel until conditions improve. Each day we review many car accidents where the accident could have been prevented if extra caution were used in the rain. If you in in an accident and would like to speak to a car wreck lawyer, call the Baumgartner Law Firm.

A good story about what weather conditions can be read here:
http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/wet-weather-contributes-to-accidents

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