Staying Safe While Driving in a StormTexas Legal News
How a Storm is Dangerous to Drivers
As we are well settled in the spring months, we are seeing the rise of rain, thunder, and lightning, especially for the middle of the United States. These storms are incredibly interesting to watch from the inside of your home, but they can be terrifying to drive in, should you get caught in one. These storms make drivers nervous for several reasons, especially those who are not used to being in these storms or are new at driving, and so it can make drivers not be as careful as they could be, or cause drivers to make mistakes that they normally would not make.
Heavy rains can cause a driver to not be able to see out of their windshield or will shorten the visibility distance by significant numbers. Lightning can cause drivers to be nervous and jumpy on the road, especially if that lightning is hitting the roadway that someone is driving on. Having both rain and lightning together can cause too many distractions for some drivers, and this combination can ultimately cause an accident to occur on the road.
While driving in a bad storm is something that can be scary, it’s important to remember that there are steps you can take to keep yourself and others safe on the road, and that it’s important to take these steps before you end up in court due to an accident that hurts someone else.
How to Be a Safe Driver in a Storm
When a bad storm begins while you are on the road, there are a few simple things you can do to keep yourself and others safe on the road. These steps include:
Turning on your headlights: According to the DMV website, all drivers should use their headlights in adverse weather. This can mean several different things, but ultimately, if a storm is causing visibility to drop in any way, turn your headlights on. When your headlights are on, you make yourself more visible to others on the road, which means that other drivers can make safe decisions while driving because they can see everyone on the road with them.
Driving with your hazard lights on: If rain or other precipitation is making it hard to see on the road, turn your hazard lights on as your drive. This is a habit that is practiced in many areas where monsoons will pass through, which are heavy rains that make driving difficult to do. By turning on your hazard lights, you help others behind you see you, which can cut down on an accident occurring.
Pulling over: If you are really not comfortable on the road during a storm, simply pull over. The storm will pass after some time, so by waiting on the side of the road or in a business off the roadway, you are able to drastically cut down the possibility of you being in an accident while also avoiding the stress of driving in a situation that makes you nervous.
Storms can be scary, but if you follow proper driving behaviors during these times, you can do your best to avoid being in an accident, which is all you could ask for.
Texas Lawyers Assisting Accident Victims
If you were injured due to a driver being careless during a storm, call the lawyers at DeHoyos & Connolly, PLLC. Our lawyers are ready to help you fight in court for your right to compensation, and we will be with you every step of the way until your case is over. Call our office today to see what we can do for you at (832) 767-3568.