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5 Safety Tips For Driving On Wet Roads

Damaged car from an accident with responding ambulance

The Texas Department of Public Safety has offered some essential safety tips for the colder seasons, when weather conditions can make roads more dangerous for drivers.

Safety Tips for Hazardous Road Conditions

  • Reduce your speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, and thus may not be safe for winter road conditions.
  • Maintain at least three times the normal following distance when snow or ice may be present.
  • Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and always make sure to stay at least 200 feet back if you are behind a snow plow.
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas, as they tend to freeze first.
  • If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction, then straighten your vehicle.

Weather-Related Crash Statistics

According to the United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA):

  • 1,258,978 crashes occurred due to adverse weather and/or slick pavement conditions over a 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, resulting in 445,303 injured people and 5,897 fatalities.
  • These annual averages account for approximately 22% of vehicle crashes over the same 10-year period.
  • The vast majority of most weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement and during rainfall, with
    • 73% on wet pavement
    • 46% during rainfall

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced auto accident attorneys have experience handling a multitude of injury accidents, no matter how severe the crash or injury. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages if another driver acted negligently. Our firm has the experienced lawyers and financial resources that you need to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. If you cannot make it to our office, we can visit you at your home, in the hospital, or at work.


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