Wet pavement is present in about 18% of annual motor vehicle collisions in the U.S., affecting over 1,100,000 crashes. According to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), 75% of weather-related accidents involve wet pavement. Hydroplaning accidents are a common cause of such collisions.
Hydroplaning, sometimes known as aquaplaning, occurs when a vehicles tires lose contact with the pavement because of a thin layer of water that separates the roads surface from the treads in the tires. Usually, a cars weight is heavy enough to push this water out of the way, but when water builds up rapidly, hydroplaning results. This can occur in any vehicle that uses tires, including motorcycles, trucks & buses.
A cars movements while hydroplaning can be unpredictable and can result in an immediate loss of control over the vehicles handling. Often, the vehicles drifting and pulling can cause a collision with another motorist.
If you or someone you love has been injured or lost their life in an Arizona auto accident caused by hydroplaning where another was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for damages such as lost wages and medical expenses.
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Usually, the road is most slick during the first 10 minutes of rainfall, because of the initial mixing of the rainwater and oil residue on the roads. Vehicles traveling over 35 mph during this time are more prone to hydroplaning.
In severe thunderstorms or extremely heavy rain, the accumulation of rainwater can lead to deep puddles and very thick layers of water that can cause hydroplaning, especially at higher speeds. When combined with the limited visibility that accompanies heavy rain, these conditions are extremely dangerous.
How to Prevent Hydroplaning Accidents
Wet pavement is involved in more than 80% of weather-related accidents that resulted in injury; many of such accidents could be prevented if motorists would practice safe driving instead of careless driving. Speeding, poor vehicle maintenance and other factors can lead to highway accidents involving hydroplaning.
Precautions you can take to avoid hydroplaning collisions:
- Maintain proper tire inflation
- Rotate your tires regularly
- Replace tires when required
- Reduce speed in adverse weather conditions
- Avoid puddles or standing water when possible
- Stick to center lanes, which accumulate less rainfall
- Follow the vehicles tracks in front of you with reasonable distance
- Do not utilize cruise control
- Do not use brakes, especially when you begin hydroplaning
- Drive in lower gear if possible
- Do not maneuver quickly around turns
When you feel your vehicle begin to hydroplane, it can be downright frightening. Usually, a driver will experience a change in sensation using the steering wheel. Resist the urge to jerk the wheel or steer the vehicle in the opposite direction. It is important to stay calm and in control of the vehicle; panic will not stop your vehicle from skidding over water.
How to Regain Control When Hydroplaning
A firm grip on the wheel and releasing the gas pedal (remember, do not hit the brakes) are the steps most likely to help you regain control of the car. It is recommended to wait until the vehicle begins to regain traction before attempting to steer. Once the car has slowed and begun regaining traction it will become safe to use your brakes again.
Depending on your level of comfort in the situation, you may wish to pull over and recuperate from the anxiety you may have experienced.
Contact Our Arizona Car Accident Lawyers
Hydroplaning is a common phenomenon that can lead to multi-vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one was the victim of an accident caused by hydroplaning that was due to the negligence of another motorist, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your damages in a court of law.
The legal team at Phillips Law has the experience, resources and compassion to represent and defend your rights. Our attorneys are proud of our prestigious reputation and want to pursue a fair and just settlement for you if you have a personal injury or wrongful death case.
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- Sun City
- and cities throughout the western U.S.
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