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Driving in El Niño Conditions

Many Californians are rejoicing now that the state is finally getting some rainfall in the midst of a historic drought. With El Niño expected to bring a string of storms to California during the first few months of this year, meteorologists are predicting that this year’s El Niño will rival the 1997-1998 storms in intensity, making it one of the strongest on record.

We at the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley want to remind drivers of a few important driving safety tips to keep you safe in wet conditions:

  • Maintain a safe following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. Tailgating is never safe, but it can be even more hazardous on wet, slippery roads.
  • Slow down! Just because the speed limit says a certain number does not mean that the top speed is always safe for current conditions. Decreasing your speed will reduce your chances of skidding or hydroplaning when the roadway is covered in water.
  • Heavy rain can make it difficult to see the other cars around you. Remember that California law states that if you need to turn on your windshield wipers, your headlights must be on.
  • Feel your vehicle beginning to hydroplane? Don’t panic! DO continue steering your vehicle in the direction you want it to go and gradually let up on the accelerator. DO NOT slam on the brakes.
  • Pay attention! Eliminate all distractions, like cell phones, food, etc., that could take your focus off the road. Keep both hands on the wheel and be aware of your surroundings.

By following these tips, you can reduce your chances of being involved in a preventable car accident.

Car Accident Lawyers in Northern California

It only takes one glance at California traffic maps to see the damage that rainy conditions can cause. While adverse weather conditions certainly contribute to the amount of car accidents that occur, it is ultimately the responsibility of the driver to ensure that they are driving safely for current conditions and that they maintain control of their vehicle. Tailgating, speeding, or driving aggressively in the rain is still a form of negligence, and careless drivers can still be held liable in the event that they cause injury to another person.

If you have been hurt in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, call the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley today to speak with a Northern California car accident lawyer about your case. Get the help you need by requesting your free case evaluation online.