In the United States, over six million automobile accidents occur each year, while roughly 1.5 million of these accidents are weather related. Many of these weather related accidents can be attributed to the effects of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is a result of the water in front of your tires building up faster than the vehicles weight can push it away. This water pressure buildup then causes the automobile to rise and slide along the thin layer of water sandwiched between the road and your tires.
Often times hydroplaning will cause the driver to lose control of steering, breaking, and power control, which causes the car to pull or drift in a specific direction. This uncontrolled movement has been known to cause many collisions throughout North Carolina.
However, most rubber tires now come equipped with tread designed to direct water away from under the tires. This tread also creates higher friction along the road surface helping to minimize and prevent hydroplaning.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an automobile accident as a result of hydroplaning, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and damages. Contact a Greensboro auto accident lawyer today.
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What Are The Effects Of Hydroplaning?
Hydroplaning will typically occur on any wet road surface, given the right circumstances. However, during the first 10 minutes of a light rain is usually the most dangerous time. This is because the rain mixes with the oil residue on the road creating a slippery environment where vehicles traveling over 35 miles per hour are more prone to hydroplaning.
True, the risk of being involved in a car accident increases during harsh weather conditions like snow, rain, hail and fog. Nevertheless, the pouring rain and the blinding fog will often not create the most dangerous driving conditions; it is the conditions that cause situations like hydroplaning that most people are not prepared for.
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How To Prevent Hydroplaning
Wet pavement causes approximately 13 percent of crash fatalities each year; this is greatly attributed to negligent driving. Rain often causes a reduced visibility, decreased pavement friction, and lane obstruction, so when drivers are not paying close attention, reducing speed and abiding by traffic laws, they greatly increase their chances of causing fatal accidents.
Of course, hydroplaning is something that a driver can often prevent by taking the necessary persuasions. The following tips will help prevent hydroplaning and keep you out of the national fatality statistics:
- Properly inflate your tires
- Rotate your tires
- Replace worn tires
- Reduce speed during wet road conditions
- Avoid puddles and standing water
- Avoid outer lanes where water accumulates
- Follow tire tracks from in front of you
- Turn cruise control off
- Avoid braking hard
- Drive in lower gear
- Don’t make quick or sharp turns
Again, by using your best judgment, staying alert and abiding by the rules of the road, hydroplaning can often be avoided. Also, by following the above tips, individuals can arrive safely to their destination without injury. If you have been involved in an accident as a result of the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact one of our auto accident attorneys at Lewis & Keller to get more information. Begin here by filling out the “Free Case Evaluation” on this page, why wait, it’s FREE.
What To Do When Hydroplaning
Statistics show that light rain can cause the average speed of traffic to reduce by three to 13 percent. Yet, some drivers continue to avoid slowing their speed and continue to drive as though it were normal conditions. These drivers will typically experience hydroplaning. By recognizing how to handle a hydroplaning vehicle, one can avoid accidents by regaining traction.
Steps to take while hydroplaning include:
- Keep calm
- Take your foot off the gas and direct your vehicle in the direction you want to go
- Never slam on the brakes
- Put car in neutral in severe cases; this will stop power going to the wheels
- Slowly accelerate to regain contact with the road
Recognizing how to handle a hydroplaning automobile can help you escape dangerous situations as they occur. Advanced driving courses can also aid in teaching new techniques on how automobiles handle in different situations such as harsh weather conditions.
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Contact An Experienced North Carolina Auto Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a North Carolina auto accident that was not your fault, it is imperative to select the right accident lawyer to handle your case. Our plan is to take the worry out of your injury compensation litigation, and to allow you to focus on your own recovery.
We have a team of prestigious, reputable, and honest attorneys to fight for you to receive a fair and just personal injury settlement. With offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C., the vehicle injury team at Lewis & Keller offers its reputation of excellence. Our lawyers have won over $10 million in successful verdicts and settlements for their clients, and are here to help you win justice. Contact us at 866-299-1769 where our specialists are waiting to take your information and connect you with one of our experienced lawyers.
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