Vehicle Collisions and Rainy Weather

Ah, that time of year in Seattle when the sun gets shy and hides behind gray clouds that drop small beads of rain is back. While there are many Seattleites that chase the sun, there are also many who love this time of year when mist and drizzle dominate the skies. However, that wet, rainy weather sees a sharp increase in traffic trouble. Vehicle collisions that block up movement can anger many.

Recent studies have shown that there is a 71% increase in vehicle collision rates when the roads are wet as opposed to dry conditions. If the road is wet then your tires need more time to grab the road, increasing stopping distance and impacting turns and lane changing. During rainy weather, more people also hit objects such as guardrails or posts.

Surprisingly, older and more experienced drivers are nearly just as affected by driving in the rain versus younger and inexperienced drivers. Even skilled drivers needed more time than normal to process information while driving in the rain. Interestingly, once the rain has cleared up both sets of drivers reduce their risk of vehicle collisions. Researchers believe this has to do with rain hitting the windshield and the wiper blades’ movement affecting the driver’s visual field.

Avoiding Vehicle Collisions when Driving in Rain

As with any type of driving, make sure you are paying attention to your surroundings! Here are some more tips for driving in the rain:

  • Don’t use cruise control
  • Leave at least 2 car-lengths when driving on the highway and at least 1 car length when driving on arterial roads
  • Drive 2-10 miles under the posted speed limit depending on how heavy the rain is

If you’ve been hit by someone while driving in the rain and were injured, The Advocates can help you get back on the road! Your experienced car crash attorney can deal with the vehicle damage, your medical bills and your lost wages. While you are going to treatment we’ll deal with the insurance and once you are done we’ll demand compensation for your injuries. We’ll even go to court for you if a fair settlement cannot be reached. So why wait—call us today!

Links: http://static.a2om.com.s3.amazonaws.com/driveiq/more-research/Chapman%20and%20Crundall%202010.pdf

http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/wet-weather-driving-tips/