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Heavy Rains Cause Surge in San Jose Area Car Accidents

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CA injury lawyerFor colder climates, the beginning of December and the holiday season means an increased chance for snow and icy conditions. In the San Jose area, warmer temperatures mean that winter weather often brings a deluge of rain, as was the case recently. Heavy rains and flooding have impacted the entire South Bay area, and while not perceived to be as dangerous as snow or ice accumulations, has resulted in an increase of car accidents and injuries. At this time of year, it is important to be aware of the impact rain can have on driver safety and to take the steps needed to protect yourself.

Rain and Car Accident Risks

Heavy rains and storms have been passing through the Bay area since Thanksgiving and are taking a heavy toll on drivers. News media reported that multiple car accidents have been blamed on the weather, while heavy flooding and submerged roads have caught drivers off guard.

Numerous accidents and breakdowns have occurred over the past several weeks. On busy bridges and highways, they have the potential to cause multi-vehicle pileups, resulting in serious injuries and property damages while tying up traffic for hours at a time. Rain and wet conditions are nothing new in the San Jose area, but many drivers fail to recognize how they can increase car accident risks.

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), adverse weather conditions are listed as a factor in roughly a quarter of all car accidents. Rain is particularly dangerous due to the fact that, unlike snow or ice, drivers often fail to recognize the hazard or adjust their driving accordingly. Impacts that make car accidents more likely during wet weather include:

  • Reduced road and traffic visibility;
  • Increased headlight glare, which can be momentarily blinding;
  • Reduced tire traction, making coming to a stop more difficult and increasing the risk of skidding;
  • Increased risk of breakdowns and accidents, which can impact other drivers.

Reducing Your Risks

To reduce your risk of car accidents and injuries, pay attention to the weather. If the forecast calls for rain, passing storms, and foggy conditions, give yourself some extra time to reach your destination. Speeding is one of the main causes of motor vehicle crashes, and the risks only increase during poor conditions. In addition to slowing down, Travelers Insurance offers these other tips for driving in the rain:

  • Avoid tailgating and allow plenty of time for making stops;
  • Use extra caution when going downhill or around curves in the road;
  • Keep both hands on the wheel at all times.
  • Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions such as using cell phones, texting, or changing GPS settings.

 Contact Our Santa Clara County Car Accident Attorneys Today

If you have been involved in a crash and suffered injuries, the Jachimowicz Law Group provides the legal guidance you need in seeking compensation. Call us at 408-246-5500 or contact our passionate San Jose injury attorneys online and request a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

https://abc7news.com/weather/south-bay-freeway-flooding-triggers-multiple-accidents/4792050/

https://www.travelers.com/resources/auto/safe-driving/driving-in-heavy-rain-and-wind

https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/q1_roadimpact.htm

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