In case you haven’t looked outside recently, El Niño is finally
here! While many Californians are breathing a sigh of relief that rain
has finally arrived in the midst of a historic drought, the massive amounts
of rain the state will see in the coming months is expected to cause major
flooding, landslides, and an increase in traffic accidents. Already, parts of the
5 Freeway have been shut down after the heavy rains turned the road into a lake.
Meteorologists are predicting that this year’s storm will rival
the storm of 1997-1998, the strongest El Niño on record.
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen rain like this, so we
at Schneider Overett would like to take the time to remind So Cal drivers of these
important wet weather driving tips:
- Reduce your speed while driving in the rain. Just because the speed limit
says a certain number does not mean that the top speed is always safe
for current conditions. Decreasing your speed will reduce your chances
of skidding or hydroplaning when the roadway is covered in water.
- Keep a safe following distance between your car and the car driving ahead
of you. Tailgating is never a good idea, but it can be even more dangerous
when the roadway is wet and slippery.
- Eliminate all distractions. Keep your undivided attention on the road by
putting away distracting items like cell phones, food, etc., that could
take your focus off the road. Remember, too, that even hands-free devices
can be a source of distraction. Stay aware of your surroundings and keep
both hands on the wheel at all times.
- Heavy rain can decrease visibility and make it difficult to see other drivers.
Remember that according to California law, if you need to turn on your
windshield wipers, you must turn on your headlights as well.
- If you feel your vehicle beginning to skid, do not panic – this will
likely make the situation worse. Remain calm and continue steering your
vehicle while gradually easing up on the brake. Avoid slamming on the
brakes, as this rapid action will result in a further loss of control.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can reduce your chances of being involved
in a preventable car accident.
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One look at traffic maps reveals how many Sig Alerts are already in effect
due to the El Niño storms, and the rains have only just begun.
It is imperative that drivers exercise extreme caution at all times while
driving. While the weather may legitimately be a factor in rainy day car
accidents, it is still the responsibility of drivers to adjust their driving
to current weather conditions and maintain control of their vehicle. Aggressive
driving behaviors like tailgating or speeding are still considered negligence
in rainy conditions and can make the driver legally responsible if they
cause injury to another person.
Hurt in a car accident? Turn to the Huntington Beach car accident lawyers
at Schneider Overett for the compassionate and effective legal assistance
you need to pursue just compensation.
Reach out to our firm today to request a
complimentary case evaluation: (714) 294-2822.