Avoid Injuries in Poor Weather Conditions

Last night in Orange County, a driver died in Santa Ana when his car struck a tree.  His injuries were severe because he lost control of his vehicle in the rain.  Unable to recover on this wide 3 lane road, the driver struck a tree, finally succumbing to his injuries and dying. 

As the rains begin in Spring showers in the Southland, it's important to be aware of the impact that weather such as rain can have on road conditions.  Weather could account for poor road conditions, limited visibility, and hinder your ability to operate your car safely.  In poor weather, it's important to know how to protect yourself from injuries and car crashes. 

Avoid Injuries and Drive Safely in Poor Weather

When the weather is poor, it's important to drive safely in order to prevent any potential injuries. Since most drivers in Southern California aren't used to driving in terrible weather, we must be careful to take extra precautions.  This includes the following attempts to prevent injury and stay in control of your vehicle:

  • keep your vehicle's safety equipment in service and up to date
  • remember to wear your seatbelt at all times
  • keep your view unobstructed by obstacles in your vehicle
  • reduce your speed in poor weather to ensure you keep control of the vehicle
  • use your turn signals so you don't cut off drivers who are also experiencing poor visibility
  • use your bright lights to see through the darkness caused by dark rain clouds or fog
  • brake early and often to keep in control
If you feel yourself losing control of a vehicle and crashing, keep calm.  If you are injured, call 911 to obtain medical attention for your injuries.  And wait for the police to help you and to investigate. Collect as much evidence as you can about witnesses and road conditions.  If you feel your accident was the fault of another person's negligence or carelessness, call a skilled personal injury attorney for help today.