Yesterday’s widespread rainfall 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 0.46 inches of rainfall- area roads and highways saw a dramatic increase in traffic accidents. The heavy rainfall total surpassed the previous January 11th record of 0.29 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. Forty-three of the accidents involved injuries, including one injury suffered by a state trooper who was working at the scene of another fatal crash. Nevada Highway patrol troopers had been responding to an average of 36 crashes per day during the week leading up to Sunday.
Essential Tips for Staying Safe on Wet Roads During Heavy Rain
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
The Hidden Dangers of Wet Weather Driving (And How to Avoid Them)
As drivers, we often forget about the unseen dangers associated with wet weather driving. Here are some of the hidden risks that come with rain, and how to mitigate them:
Hydroplaning: Hydroplaning occurs when your tires lose contact with the road because of high water levels. To avoid hydroplaning, drive slowly and give yourself plenty of time to stop.
Fogging windows: Car windows often fog up during rain showers. To prevent this, make sure to use your air conditioning and defroster, and keep the vents clear of debris.
Poor visibility: Rain and mist can reduce visibility significantly. It is important to activate your headlights during adverse weather conditions to enhance your visibility to other drivers.
As we all get back out on the roads this week , let’s all remember to drive safely and be aware of the dangers that heavy rain and wet weather can bring.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians during Wet Weather
With the increase in auto accidents due to rain and wet weather, it is important to remember that pedestrians are at risk too. As people walk along roadways during a powerful storm, they often face dangerous conditions that can be overlooked by drivers. Here are some tips to keep pedestrians safe in wet weather:
Stay Alert: Be aware of your surroundings and take extra care to watch for cars that may not be able to stop in time due to wet roads.
Wear Bright Clothing: Visibility is key, so make sure to wear clothing that stands out.
Use Crosswalks and Sidewalks: Make sure to use crosswalks and stay on sidewalks when possible. This will help you stay safe while navigating wet roads.
Be Prepared for Slippery Surfaces: Wet weather can make sidewalks and roadways slippery, so be prepared for unexpected slips or falls due to flow of water.
By following these tips, pedestrians can stay safe on the streets during wet weather conditions.
Shook & Stone: Your Las Vegas Accident Attorney
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.