Heavy rain has caused traffic delays in and around Atlanta this morning, offering a good opportunity to reflect on driving behaviors that can help keep you safe in inclement weather. If you are injured in an accident in which weather played a role, the Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Lourie, Chance, Forlines, Carter & King can help. Give us a call at 404-760-7400 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
DRIVING IN THE RAIN
When driving in weather that causes slick streets and limits visibility, the first thing to remember is to slow down. Driving 10 to 15 MPH under the speed limit will reduce your chances of getting into an auto accident. Slower driving also increases your reaction time, reduces risks of hydroplaning, and allows more time to stop when approaching traffic signals and signs.
When driving in the rain, even during the day, keep your lights on. Low visibility increases risks for accidents. Use your lights to help others see your vehicle at a greater distance.
Make sure to allow for additional space between you and the car in front of you. In the rain, shoot for four to five car-lengths to help avoid rear-ending a hydroplaning or suddenly stopped vehicle in front of you.
Be sure you drive sober, rain or no, to help improve reaction time and reduce risks of causing an accident. The same goes for turning off your cellphone and refraining from other forms of distraction while in your car.
In review, when driving in the rain:
- Drive 10-15 MPH under the speed limit
- Keep your lights on
- Allow extra space between your vehicle and others
- Do not drink and drive
- Avoid distraction
While these steps cannot guarantee you will not be involved in an accident, they can reduce your risks significantly. If you are injured while driving, regardless of the weather, call us at 404-760-7400 to schedule a free consultation with the Atlanta car accident attorneys at Lourie, Chance, Forlines, Carter & King.