Crash in Rain in Lexington KY Injures Three People
A crash in Lexington involving an SUV, trailer, and pickup truck injured three people on June 21, 2018. Thankfully, all three victims are expected to survive.
According to Lex18, this crash happened on Georgetown Road close to Berea Road. Allegedly, the driver of an SUV swerved across the center line and struck a trailer and a pickup truck.
The force of the crash was so great that the SUV’s driver was thrown out of the vehicle. When safety crews arrived on the scene, they transported the SUV driver and two passengers in the SUV to a local hospital. According to the article, everyone else involved in this crash sustained only minor injuries.
Police are currently investigating the cause of this crash. Eyewitnesses say there was a strong rainstorm during the crash.
How Rain Affects Traffic Safety
It’s estimated that about 7,000 Americans die each year in car crashes during some form of inclement weather. A surprising study put together by the Auto Insurance Center revealed that rainy weather is the most common factor behind these fatal crashes. Although snow, fog, and ice also present significant risks, researchers noted that rain-related accidents were far more common across the USA, hence their higher fatality rate.
There are two major safety risks associated with rainy weather: slippery roads and impaired visibility. Safety experts say roads that haven’t been rained on in a few days will be slicker than average due to the additional oil residue.
Drivers should watch their speed in rainy conditions, especially during the first 10 minutes of rainfall. During this time, it’s far more likely for your vehicle to “hydroplane,” which basically means your tires lose traction with the ground. The best ways to prevent hydroplaning include avoiding puddles, ensuring your tires are fully inflated, and avoiding sudden turns.
Do I need a Lawyer after a Rain Related Accident?
Drivers should compensate for the current road conditions. The weather does not cause accidents, people do. And after those accidents, insurers are likely to attempt to place blame anywhere possible to get out of paying you for your injuries. Remember, insurers have a vested interest in getting you to settle for as little as possible. You need a compassionate lawyer by your side who can help you understand your legal rights and fight for the damages you deserve.
If you have any legal questions concerning a personal injury case, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (800) 937-8443. All consultation calls to our Lexington car accident lawyers are 100 percent confidential and complimentary. We will only offer you advice which is in your best interest.