Yesterday's rainstorm brought slick and slippery roads that wreaked havoc for many drivers in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. With a record-setting amount of rainfall this past Sunday - .46 inches - area roads and highways saw a dramatic increase in traffic accidents. The rainfall total surpassed the previous January 11th record of .29 inches in 1949, according to the National Weather Service.
In a statement released by the Nevada Highway Patrol, state troopers responded to an outstanding 143 traffic accidents between 6:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. 43 of the accidents involved injuries, including one injury suffered by a state trooper who was working at the scene of another crash. Nevada Highway patrol troopers had been responding to an average of 36 crashes per day during the week leading up to Sunday.
Yesterday's alarming spike in auto accidents can help remind us all about the dangers rain and poor weather can create on public roads and highways, and the importance of driving safely. In a previous blog, we've shared
tips for driving in rain and wet weather. Here are few reminders:
- Prepare yourself and your vehicle for rainy conditions
- Increase your following distance
- Slow down and give yourself more time to come to a stop
- Turn your lights on
- Pay attention to the road at all times
In wet weather, even the slightest bit of negligence or recklessness can place others at risk, which is why it is so important to take extra precautions. If you have questions about your rights after an auto accident - including accidents that took place during rain or other poor weather conditions, Shook & Stone is here to help.
Contact a Las Vegas car accident lawyer from our firm today to discuss your case during a free consultation.