Rains on the Way So Beware of Hydroplaning Car Accidents


April 10, 2011

Local Atlanta weather reports indicate that rain is on the way later in the week, which means that it is important to slow down and take extra care when driving. Wet roadways are a common cause of serious auto accidents that may be caused by hydroplaning.

A car hydroplanes when a layer of water on the road prevents a vehicle’s tires from actually making contact with the roadway. These accidents are particularly dangerous because the driver loses the ability to use the vehicle’s brakes or steering. When the rain starts to fall later this week throughout the metro Atlanta area, it is important to slow down. A driver can prevent a serious hydroplaning accident by simply reducing his or her speed. If you are involved in a hydroplaning accident when trying to react to a negligent driver who cuts you off or engages in some other negligent driving practice, call Montlick and Associates to learn how we can help.

The experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have been representing those who suffer serious auto accidents throughout Georgia for over a quarter of a century. If you have suffered serious injuries or a loved one has been killed in a car accident, Montlick and Associates will use our best efforts to obtain the compensation that you need and deserve. We are committed to our goal of being known as the top Atlanta auto accident law firm throughout Georgia. We work hard for our clients and do what it takes to get the job done right.

While there is no way to completely eliminate the risks associated with wet streets and roads, there are steps drivers can take to reduce the risk. We have provided some suggestions for driving on wet roads that can help avoid being involved in a serious auto accident:

  • Reduce Your Speed: Many people do not adjust their speed based on road conditions. This can be a fatal mistake. Because wet pavement significantly increases a driver’s stopping distance, it is imperative to reduce your speed so that you allow more time to stop your vehicle.
  • Allow More Following Distance: When a car starts to hydroplane, the brakes may do little to slow the vehicle. This means it is important to lightly pump the brakes and not brake hard. However, if you have ABS or antilock brakes, experts advise that you should not pump them. If you allow yourself more following distance, you can avoid the need to slam on the brakes and cause the vehicle to hydroplane.
  • Check Your Tires: Poor tire treads and improper tire pressure will increase the chance that your vehicle tires do not maintain good traction with the road. Improper tire pressure also is likely to make top heavy vehicles like SUVs more prone to rollover if the vehicle hydroplanes, causing the driver to lose control.
  • Properly Maintain Your Brakes: As vital as brakes are to any vehicle, many car owners do not faithfully service the brakes. If you have worn brake pads, it can greatly increase the chance that you are involved in a hydroplane accident.

At Montlick and Associates, we live and work here in Georgia and care about keeping our roads safe. We can all contribute to preventing needless auto accidents and prevent serious injuries and tragic and unnecessary deaths by following these simple rules. Sadly, car accidents are a reality and nothing can make Georgia highways totally safe. If you suffer serious injuries in a Georgia car accident, the experienced Atlanta car accident attorneys of Montlick and Associates can help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case.

The Georgia car accident lawyers of Montlick and Associates are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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