Weather conditions that affect the roadways of Canada have the potential to cause a great deal of damage and injury. Unfortunately, the majority of drivers take adverse weather much too lightly while operating their vehicle. From heavy rainstorms to light rains, the road surface is vulnerable to any and all of the weather elements. These changes in weather may seem insignificant; however, motorists must understand how vastly these weather elements determine the safety of the roads and highways throughout the country.
Hundreds of traffic accidents occur each month due to the direct result of adverse weather conditions. One of the most common traffic crash causes today is hydroplaning. Hydroplaning refers to the loss of contact with the surface of a road due to the thin water layer that exists on the wet roads. This moisture on the roads surface reduces the tires tread and greatly increases the likelihood of a hydroplaning accident. Unfortunately, the driver of hydroplaning vehicles is typically unable to control the car. When they automobile is at the mercy of the vehicles momentum, the motorist and all other drivers on the road are in great danger.
Greg Monforton and Partners take great pride in our ability to protect the rights of all Canadian residents. Through a dedication to the practice of law, a commitment to seeking justice for injured victims, and a vast legal knowledge, our personal injury lawyers have seen monumental successes. We believe that when the negligence of another driver causes injury or harm to you, this at-fault party must pay for the damages in which they cause. If you or a loved one has been injured in a hydroplaning accident, our Ontario auto accident lawyers are here for you.
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Hydroplaning Accident Causes
Recent car accident statistics indicate that more than 10 percent of traffic fatalities each year are a direct result of wet roadways. More often than not, negligent driving is another contributing factor to the collision. Combining a careless driver with wet roads is a recipe for disaster. Road tires are manufactured with grooves in order to grip to roads surface. In addition, these grooves serve to disperse the water that contacts the tire tread. Unfortunately, however, adverse weather is often too big of a match for the tires, causing a significant number of car crashes in Canada.
The following are some of the most common causes of a hydroplaning accident:
- Water pools on the roads surface, creating deep puddles and a potentially dangerous water hazard
- Driver is travelling way too fast for road conditions
- The design and curvature of the road is inadequate (i.e. poor drainage)
- Tire pressure is incorrect or not optimal
- Inadequate water drainage
While there are many situations that may cause a hydroplaning accident, the above mark the most frequently seen contributors. These car wrecks have the potential to cause serious bodily injuries to those involved, even traffic fatalities in the more severe collisions. Some of these accidents are most certainly unavoidable; however, negligent driving habits tend to be involved in the majority of these wrecks.
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Many people are under the false impression that hydroplaning collisions are entirely inescapable. Hydroplaning is certainly something that is difficult to stop once it has begun. However, there are a variety of driving practices that will deter this action from occurring altogether. Most drivers make the mistake of attempting to grab the wheel and steer out of a potential hydroplane. Unfortunately, this actually makes matters worse.
The following prevention tips should be kept in mind while operating a vehicle anywhere in Canada:
- Gently turn the wheel in situations where steering is necessary
- Slowly ease off of the vehicles accelerator to help with regaining traction
- Try to stay off of the brake, only use when absolutely essential and do so very slowly
- If and when the rear wheels begin to skid, steer the vehicle in the same direction of the skid
- Always drive slowly in adverse weather, especially heavy rains
- Ensure that all tires have adequate tire pressure
- Never use cruise control on wet roads
- Be sure to get new tires when the tread begins to wear
Keeping these prevention tips in mind will play a large role in reducing the number of annual car accidents associated with wet roads and adverse weather. Far too many motorists underestimate the effects of hydroplaning. When this happens, they often downplay the importance of driving carefully in rain. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash due to hydroplaning, Greg Monforton and Partners is here for you.
How An Experienced Lawyer Can Help You
When an accident occurs, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed out about what will follow. Accident victims are often left with hundreds of questions circling in their minds. How much will this cost? Will I have to pay for these damages even though I didn’t cause the accident? Who is responsible for taking care of my medical expenses? These questions are normal and at Greg Monforton and Partners, we are here to answer them all.
With years of experience in providing professional legal services for residents throughout Ontario, we have come to understand just what it takes to be successful in the courtroom. Applying years of litigation experience, a vast legal knowledge, and a dedication to seeking justice for injured victims, we craft a case that wins our clients the MAXIMUM compensation possible.
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