In the rainy city of Seattle, it is all too common for drivers to use the excuse that weather conditions ‘made it impossible for me to stop in time causing me to hit the car ahead’.
While it may be true that the frequent rain does increase your chances for being in an accident, you likely will be held responsible for the accident. Fortunately, there are a few simple precautionary steps that drivers can take to avoid these circumstances in the first place.
If you are going to be a Seattleite, you need to drive like a Seattleite. Because rain limits a driver's ability to brake quickly, the first precaution to take is not to drive unreasonably close to the person in front of you.
If you are feeling uncertain or unconfident, there is certainly nothing wrong with slowing down and going a few miles under the speed limit. Taking your time on the road is certainly more beneficial than increasing your risk of getting in a serious traffic collision.
Also, drivers today significantly underestimate the effectiveness of using proper turning signals. Traffic on Interstates 5 and 405 is already bad enough, and when heavy rain plagues the roadway every extra precaution helps. Because of the chaotic environment that exists on the freeways in the Seattle area, drivers are at an advantage when they are aware of the lane changes other drivers wish to perform.
You need to remember that even if the weather is to blame for a car accident in Seattle, you are still most likely going to be liable for hitting another vehicle. I know we all think we are confident drivers, but you need to drive as weather conditions will permit.
If you were the victim in a car accident, contact experienced personal injury law firm Davis Law Group. Attorney Chris Davis has represented accident victims for nearly 20 years. Call (206) 727-4000 to schedule a free no obligation consultation today.
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