Bad Weather Driving Safety Tips for Motorists: Avoid an Auto Accident in Rain, Sleet & Snow

Winter traffic jam seen through a wet windshield

In Houston, Texas, our environment is susceptible to a variety of severe storms. This is why it is critical that everyone in our community recognizes how to operate their vehicles in all types of weather conditions.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 24 percent of automobile accidents took place during bad weather conditions between 1995 and 2008.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident due to the negligent actions of another driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages. Compensation may be awarded for pain and suffering, medical expenses, property damage, lost wages or funeral expenses.

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What Types of Bad Weather Can Occur in Houston?

As Houston is classified as a humid subtropical environment, it is susceptible to all sorts of weather conditions. Each year, our city receives an average of 49.8 inches of rain, and endures frequent flooding. Of course, we are also at risk for tornados, hurricanes, tropical cyclones and other severe weather events.

Some common types of bad weather in Houston include:

  • Flooding
  • Hail
  • Heavy Rain
  • Heavy Wind
  • Hurricanes
  • Severe Thunderstorms
  • Tornados
  • Tropical Storms
  • Winter Storms

With these types of weather conditions, it is essential that everyone possesses the necessary driving skills to avoid hydroplaning, rear-end accidents and other disasters while driving in these types of conditions. It should also be noted that individuals should try to avoid driving in the above conditions if possible.

Tips for Driving in Poor Conditions

Given the great variety of storms that pass though Houston each year, our attorneys have collected some tips for driving in bad weather to help members of our community understand how to control their vehicle in all sorts of hazardous weather conditions.

Reducing Speed

During any situation, drivers should follow the posted speed limit. Of course in poor weather conditions, drivers should drive appropriately, which usually means slowing down. By slowing down your vehicle it will be more noticeable and allow you more time to react to certain hazardous situations which may arise.

Stopping Time

During poor weather conditions it takes longer for vehicles to stop than usual. Thus, it is important to begin stopping sooner than normal to avoid sliding into another vehicle, or another vehicle sliding into you.

Use of Turning Signals

Turn signals were put on our vehicles for a reason, to indicate to other drivers which direction we intend to turn. During inclement weather, other drivers react slower than in good driving conditions, so it is advised to activate your turning signals well ahead of time while traveling in less than ideal weather. This will help to avoid a rear-end collision from occurring.

Headlight Usage

Typically, drivers believe that activating their high-beam headlights will help them to see better in adverse conditions. Unfortunately, this is untrue. Activating low-beam headlights will actually acheive the desired effect. Low-beams reflect better off the road, giving us increased visibility, rather than the decreased visibility by high-beam headlights reflecting off rain or other precipitation.

Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance goes a long way in controlling your vehicle during poor weather conditions. Having a fresh set of windshield wipers will increase visibility, good tread on tires will increase traction, and making sure all of your lights are functioning will allow you to be seen by other drivers.

These simple techniques, along with following the rules of the road, will help to ensure your safety and the safety of others across our Houston roadways. Of course, poor weather conditions are still likely to cause some form of accident, resulting in many different types of injuries.

What Kinds of Injuries are Caused in Weather Related Accidents?

driving in rainy conditions

During adverse weather, some individuals fail to recognize the hazard posed by weather. This ignorance can lead to many different types of accidents, which can cause many different types of injuries. These injuries often vary in severity depending on the type of accident which has occurred, and may be temporary or lifelong.

Some types of injuries include:

  • Back injuries
  • Concussion injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Loss of limb
  • Passenger injuries
  • Seat belt injuries
  • Skull fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Wrist injuries
  • Death

If you have been injured in a weather-related accident, it is advised that you seek medical attention immediately. This will ensure any injuries have been properly detected, diagnosed and treated appropriately.

Contact Our Houston Auto Accident Law Firm Today

At Arguello, Hope & Associates, our attorneys understand how traumatic being involved in an automobile accident can be. That is why we have devoted our lives to bringing justice to those injured by the negligent actions of others. Our attorneys always seek the MAXIMUM compensation available to our clients, and guide them through the entire personal injury litigation process from start to finish.

With our main office located in Houston, Texas, we proudly serve the local community. We also have offices throughout the United States in locations including:

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If you are interested in learning more about our attorneys, we welcome you to contact our firm at 1-888-CLAIM (1-888-252-4668) today. A member of our team will take information regarding your case and connect you with one of our attorneys.

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