A large amount of rainfall, in an area that does not usually get that much, can only mean one thing for drivers — more car accidents.
As of Saturday morning, February 7, 2009, nearly an inch and a half of rain fell in downtown Los Angeles from the storms that began Thursday night — creating havoc on the freeways.
The California Highway Patrol’s Los Angeles center said they handled 260 auto accidents from midnight to 8 a.m. Saturday. Rain caused four times as many car accidents then compared to the same period a week earlier, as just 85 car accidents were handled when the weather was dry.
“We’re seeing a lot of vehicles in collisions,” CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said Saturday. “A lot of those can be attributed to driving too fast for the wet roadway.”
The CHP urged motorists to drive slower on the rain-slick highways. As do we. Our car accident lawyers know that weather-related car accidents occur in high numbers during big storms. Rain, snow, ice and wind are all major causes of automobile accidents. Drivers need to be prepared in these instances if they are to be certain they can avoid a potentially dangerous car accident.
By speeding, car drivers limit their ability to react to adverse conditions. A speeding driver is far more likely to lose traction in the rain and will likely cause a car accident.
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