Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

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Wet Roads Still a Safety Concern for Seattle Drivers

Posted Friday, June 28, 2019 by Chris Thayer

Alternative TextThe wettest part of the year might be over in Seattle, but that does not mean wet roads do not still pose a threat to Seattle drivers. If you have lived in the Pacific Northwest, you know that wet roads are practically a way of life and a very common thing for drivers to experience. You have probably even heard people talking about the rainy season and what a relief it is for it to be over. However, a new study reported in the Seattle Times details the dangers that driving on even mildly wet roads poses. Just because the wettest part of the year has passed does not mean that the dangers of driving on wet roads is automatically eliminated.

The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society has found that a light drizzle increases the chance of a driver being involved in a fatal car accident be 27%. In comparison, wetter roads, combined with ice and snow, increase the chance of a fatal car accident by 34%. You would think the wetter roads would be a more significant danger, but slightly wet roads are nearly just as dangerous as very wet roads.

There are many difficulties and hazards that drivers might face when driving on a wet road. These hazards include:

When driving, it is important to be as safe as possible. Avoiding cruise control in wet conditions is always a good idea because wet roadways might require different speeds at different times. Additionally, taking things slow, not rushing, and knowing how to deal with hydroplaning or skidding can save your life.

While many drivers employ safety tactics to avoid accidents, it is not always enough to keep you from being involved in a car accident. You cannot control the actions of other drivers, and as a result, you might be injured no matter the weather. The personal injury attorneys at Pivotal Law Group are here for you in these situations. We work hard to help you receive the damages you are due after being injured in a car accident. Contact us today for a consultation.

(image courtesy of Charlie Deets)