Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Apr 21, 2015 in Car Accident News
While people may not generally think about wet weather being especially prevalent in the Las Vegas area due to its desert climate, a little rain can quickly cause problems as it pools on the pavement. People may also encounter issues when other things happen causing wet pavement, such as an open fire hydrant or water leaks. Since many residents are not really used to driving on wet pavement, they may be more likely to commit driving errors that then result in car accidents. While most people are aware they are supposed to remain approximately two seconds behind another vehicle in dry conditions, wet pavement necessitates doubling that amount of distance.
Drivers can quickly calculate the distance required by watching a driver in front of them pass a stationary object, then counting the number of seconds until their car reaches it. Other issues occur when drivers begin hydroplaning. Many people simply do not know how to react, slamming on their brakes. Drivers should not do so, because they can then lose control and spin into the pathway of another vehicle. Instead, drivers should try to remain calm and continue steering in the direction they wish their vehicle to go. This normally will help correct the problem and help avoid accident involvement.
Automobile accidents can result in catastrophic personal injuries, so it is important for drivers to be mindful while driving in wet weather or on wet pavement. All drivers owe a duty of care to drive cautiously in order to minimize the risk both to themselves as well as to others. In the event a driver is following too closely or driving carelessly, and the behavior results in an injury to another, victims may be able to recover monetary damages to compensate them for their losses through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. If you have been injured in a car accident contact one of Henness & Haight's trusted car accident attorneys in Las Vegas to find out your legal options.