As winter fades in Wisconsin and spring arrives, the days are longer and sunnier. But with the spring comes showers, and with it, more car crashes. Learn more below about spring car accidents in Wisconsin. If you have been in a car accident recently with injuries caused by another party, our Wisconsin car accident lawyer at The Law Offices of John V. O’Connor can hold them accountable for their actions.
A North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies study determined more car accidents happen during ‘precipitation events.’ The scientists found that deadly motor vehicle accidents happen 34% more often when there is rain. Even when there is light rain, fatal accidents increase by 27%.
Furthermore, the study determined that even when it drizzles, the odds of a fatal crash rise because drivers tend not to slow down in light rain. During heavy rain, they usually drive slower, but in a drizzle, they may not realize their ability to slow down suddenly is compromised.
There are many reasons there are more accidents during April showers. First, rain makes the road slippery and more challenging to control during braking. This is especially true when it begins to rain because oil on the road rises to the top and makes the surface greasier.
Second, rain decreases visibility; it can become challenging to see other drivers and obstacles when it is raining heavily. Combine this problem with water splattered on your windshield from other vehicles, it is easy to see why there are more crashes. Remember to check each spring that your windshield wipers are in excellent condition.
Many drivers need to learn how to drive in the rain. Some refuse to slow down even in heavy rain, making severe accidents more likely. The other problem is timid drivers create more traffic, causing rear-end accidents. Drivers should slow down significantly in the rain but drive fast enough to allow traffic to flow.
When it is raining in April, and you are on the road, remember that modern vehicles have safety systems to help you slow down and keep control. The anti-lock braking system (ABS) in most vehicles keeps you in control when braking hard on a wet or icy road. When you need to slow down suddenly on a slick road, apply your brake with steady pressure and keep steering. The ABS allows you to maintain control and steer while slowing down.
If you were in a crash in the rain, a personal injury attorney could help to determine who was at fault for the accident. If another driver is liable, your attorney can hold them accountable for your medical bills and other damages.
Were you in a car accident in Wisconsin? Unfortunately, you may have a pile of medical bills you cannot pay, and it is made even more challenging when injuries prevent you from working. However, if someone’s negligence caused the accident, our attorneys can help you. The Wisconsin car accident lawyer at The Law Offices of John V. O’Connor will hold the negligent party accountable, so please contact our attorneys at (262) 605-8400 for a complimentary consultation.