Rain is an annoying weather disturbance when driving. Rain can cause your car to slide, drive uncontrollably, and cause you to have poor vision, especially at night. The rain actually causes more accidents than snow. This is due to the fact that people tend to drive more safely in snow than rain. In reality, rain is just as challenging to drive in than snow and can cause just a serious of an accident. There needs to be an awareness of driving in the rain like there is when people drive in the snow. Your vision is just as bad. It's just as difficult to drive and just as lousy of a weather event. All of these factors are the main reasons why there needs to be more awareness surrounding the impact rain has on car accidents.
Statistics on Rain-Related Car Accidents
If the general public knew more about the statistics surrounding rain-related car accidents, then surely there would be a larger awareness surrounding it. Below are some statistics about rain-related accidents:
- As noted before, rain causes more accidents than snow.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that wet pavement causes 70% of weather-related car accidents, and rain causes 46% of weather-related car accidents.
- On average, more than 6,000 people are killed, and 445,000 people are injured due to weather-related accidents.
- 10% of all car accidents are caused by rain.
Solutions for Driving While it's Raining
As you can tell, there are a ton of reasons why it's important to be more knowledgeable about rain-related car accidents. The more knowledgeable someone is on something, the more likely they're going to be smarter about the situation. Meaning if every person knew about these deadly statistics, they'd think twice about speeding through a rainstorm at night. Below are some solutions for driving while it's raining:
- Drive like you'd drive when it's snowing. Don't try to rush wherever you're going. Especially at night. If your visibility is bad enough at night, it'll be significantly worse while it's raining at night.
- Make sure you have decent windshield wipers. Windshield wipers are your best friend when it rains. If you don't bother having a good pair of windshield wipers, then you're better off not driving at all. Since your visibility is already bad enough at night, don't bother wasting your time without proper windshield wipers to help you see.
- Keep products like “rain x” in your car. Spraying some rain x will help the visibility of your car through the rain. It's better safe than sorry.
- Always make sure your tires are in decent condition. This is common knowledge, but if you drive around with bad tires and it rains heavily, chances are you're going to slide away and crash. Always be on top of your tires.
- Pullover if need be. There isn't anything wrong with having to pullover if it's too difficult for you to drive. It's better to pull over and be safe than it is to risk your life and the people around you.
With regard to rain-related accidents, it's best to be smart about the situation. Don't be a reckless and aggressive driver in the rain. Always be overly cautious with this sort of thing because you never know what might end up happening.
If you've been in an auto accident due to someone's reckless driving in the rain, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us, or call the Law Office of Betz and Baril at 865-888-8888 to speak to our experienced staff. We will be glad to help you get the compensation you deserve.