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Those of us who live and drive in San Diego County have heard the sarcastic comments over the years. We hear these musings regarding what must happen to motorists as soon as it starts to rain. Recent transplants especially seem to react with utter disdain at the mayhem that can unfold on busy streets and freeways when the local weather turns inclement. Given the lack of rain in recent months and years, there haven’t been many situations when this problem has resurfaced. The San Diego area got a much-needed dose of rain earlier this week. Yes, it led to a high number of weather-related crashes. According to data provided by the federal government, however, these weather-related crashes are hardly a problem that’s limited to San Diego County.
The Federal Highway Administration’s Road Weather Management Program tracks statistics regarding weather-related crashes along with other data. The data provided by the FHA indicate that rain is particularly dangerous for motorists across the United States. Those interested in reviewing all of the data can find it here. The FHA reports the following with regards to car accidents in the rain:
Only crashes in wet pavement, which includes crashes while it was raining, caused more traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities. Therefore, the numbers are clear: Rain is an extremely dangerous condition in which to drive.
Most of us in San Diego see that it’s raining and anticipate problems while we are on the road. Generally, we don’t worry about ourselves so much as we become concerned about what other motorists may do unexpectedly. That mindset alone can lead to poor decisions and mistakes. Driving while nervous or while on-edge is in itself risky. As such, motorists may want to consider the following suggestions for the next time they drive in the rain:
People can still act in a negligent manner even though it is more difficult to drive in the rain. Bad weather does not excuse poor driving, even in a place such as San Diego where bad weather is relatively rare. Contact a San Diego car accident lawyer at Gomez Trial Attorneys for a free case review if you’ve been injured by a negligent driver.
John Gomez founded the firm alone in 2005. Today, John acts as President and Lead Trial Attorney. He has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Since 2000, he has recovered over $800 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 160 separate recoveries of one million dollars or more. A prolific trial lawyer, John has tried to jury verdict more than 60 separate cases.
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