Most drivers know that it is important to be extra vigilant behind the wheel when driving in heavy rain. Some, however, might be tempted to put their guard down when rain is lighter. This can be risky. As a recent study underscores, rain doesn’t have to be heavy to create added safety dangers out on the roads.
The study looked at crash data to see how the risk of fatal accidents varied among different types of weather conditions.
According to the study, fatal crash likelihood is two-and-a-half times higher in heavy rain than in clear weather. This research also found, however, that less severe levels of rain were also associated with higher risks of such crashes.
Specifically, it found that, compared to clear weather, the likelihood of deadly traffic accidents is:
- 75 percent higher when there is moderate rain
- 27 percent higher when there is light rain
So, even in light rain, it is important for motorists to be cautious and exercise proper rainy weather driving safety habits. These include:
- Having headlights on
- Keeping cruise control off
- Being careful about one’s speed
- Giving other vehicles plenty of space
- Being attentive and distraction-free
How do you think Kentucky drivers do when it comes to driving safely in light and moderate rain?
Rainy weather auto accidents can expose people to life-altering injuries. When coping with the effects of such injuries, getting fair and just financial relief can be critical. Skilled auto accident attorneys can help people who have been harmed by drivers who failed to exercise proper care when driving in rain or other hazardous weather conditions navigate the process of seeking such compensation.