Automotive Hydroplaning Accident Lawyers
One of the scariest moments a driver can experience behind the wheel is loss of vehicle control. When a driver loses control of their vehicle it could happen for a number of reasons, including hydroplaning.
Hydroplaning, also known as aquaplaning, occurs when a layer of water builds between the tires and the road surface which leads to the loss of traction. Although hydroplaning can occur in a number of different weather conditions it most commonly happens on slick roads. Water tends to build up in the tire treads creating a thin layer of water between the vehicle tires and road surface which the vehicle then slides on thus the loss of maneuvering.
In Oklahoma, the Highway Safety Office estimated that in 2012 more than 4,700 car accidents occurred during rainy weather conditions and more than 700 others during snow and sleet. In Texas the Department of Transportation noted that there were 68 accidents reportedly caused by slick or faulty tires in 2012.
The sudden loss of vehicle control is a common cause of an accident, however, hydroplaning accidents can be avoidable so long as a driver knows how to properly handle the situation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hydroplaning accident, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
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Causes of Hydroplaning
Although weather is typically to blame for the occurrence of such a situation, there are several other factors that could lead to hydroplaning. Although not common, the type of vehicle a person is driving could heighten to risk of aquaplaning. Semi-trailers are more likely to hydroplane due to the uneven weight distribution throughout the vehicle.
Some other common causes of hydroplaning include:
- Speeding If a driver is driving too fast for conditions the water can quickly build up and cause them to hydroplane.
- Tire Conditions Worn tires and defective tires can cause a vehicle to hydroplane much more quickly. Too much and too little tire pressure could prevent the tire from properly deflecting the water coming into the tire tread.
- Poor Drainage Bad roads are a common cause of car accidents, including those with poor drainage systems. The build-up of water and failure of a driver to spot puddles can cause the vehicle to hydroplane and crash into other vehicles or other objects.
How a driver handles a vehicle during bad weather conditions could also lead to hydroplaning. Suddenly braking or accelerating and turning too quickly can cause the loss of vehicle control.
Most everyone will experience a vehicle hydroplaning whether they are the driver involved or simply a passenger. It is important for drivers to know how to handle hydroplaning as it could prevent being involved in a car collision.
Most importantly, a driver should remain calm and in control. The following are some further ways to handle the situation:
- Do not slam on the brakes
- Avoid jerking the wheel or making a sharp turn as it could lead the car to spin out of control
- Slowly ease off the accelerator to decrease speed
- While decreasing your speed try to steer your car away from other motorists and into a safe zone such as grass or shoulder
- It is important for a driver to know if they have an anti-lock brake system or not, without ABS brakes the driver needs to pump their brake while a car with ABS can simply brake. When hydroplaning the driver should only break lightly once the vehicle is in control and out of harms way
By taking these steps the driver can quicken the chances of the vehicle tires regaining traction and overall control of the car.
Hydroplaning situations may also lead to injury such as whiplash, seatbelt injuries, and head trauma. If you think you may have injured after hydroplaning, seek medical assistance right away.
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Although some drivers may know how to handle a hydroplaning situation, others can quickly panic and cause a car accident due to their negligent behavior. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck due to another persons carelessness, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages and more.
At The Edwards Law Firm we are committed to providing our clients comprehensive legal counsel on their specific case and can help guide you through the entire litigation process. With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys are knowledgeable in many facets of personal injury including auto accidents.
To find out how we may be able to help with your claim, contact us at 1-800-304-9246 and get connected with one of our knowledgeable lawyers today.