Oklahoma Weather Can Make Driving Dangerous

by | Sep 19, 2013 | Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident

Motorists in Oklahoma need to be prepared for storms and other weather conditions that can make driving dangerous. About 24 percent of all crashes take place during bad weather, according to a report by Science Daily.

Oklahoma City’s News 9 suggests that drivers carry these items in their vehicles:

  • Blankets
  • Flares
  • First aid kit
  • Tire repair kit
  • Flashlight, headlamp or lantern
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Bottled water
  • Jumper cables
  • Shovel
  • Maps
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Special items like medications and diapers

Drivers should reduce speed and increase following distance in wet weather. Many car crashes in rainy weather are rear-end wrecks. Wet pavement increases a vehicle’s stopping distance, and cars can hydroplane or skid into one another.

Poor visibility brought on by fog is particularly dangerous. Drivers should use their low beams in foggy weather. High beams reflect light back to the driver, making it more difficult to see. Low beams penetrate the fog and increase visibility. Fog and high humidity also can make the road wet and slippery.

As News 9 reported, if you are involved in a traffic crash during bad weather, it is important to:

  • Stay calm.
  • Get safely off the road.
  • Contact the police or highway patrol.
  • Exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver.
  • It is also important not to admit fault for a driving accident. Information about what caused a car crash should be discussed only with your insurance company, attorney and law enforcement.

A traffic collision can change your life forever. If you have been hurt in a car, truck or motorcycle accident in the Oklahoma City, Tulsa or Norman area, talk to our experienced personal injury lawyers at Burch, George & Germany, P.C.

Our attorneys will handle your case with compassion and attention to detail. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.