A night of rain throughout Southern California brought both much needed relief for LA County firefighters and dangerous conditions for drivers, leading to a number of highway accidents.
For many, the rains were a welcome sight, as Los Angeles has just experienced its fourth driest winter on record, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is expected to persist throughout the day, with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Scattered showers are also anticipated through Tuesday. For firefighters battling multiple fires throughout Los Angeles, the rains created a welcome break from the heat and the dry, allowing them the upper hand.
Commuters through Los Angeles were less pleased with the rainfall, as slippery conditions led to multiple accidents snarling traffic throughout the morning. In downtown Los Angeles, two cars collided on the 101 Freeway near Broadway, leading to significant backups, while another driver skidded onto an embankment on the Carson Street on-ramp to the 105 Freeway in Hawthorne.
As the number of accidents continues to rise, city officials are reminding drivers to allow for extra time in their morning commutes, and to keep extra distance between themselves and the cars in front of them.
In rainy conditions, it is essential to adjust your driving habits to avoid the potential for an accident. Your overall speeds must be reduced, as decreasing traction makes it much more difficult to stop, turn or accelerate to avoid a collision. Steer clear of standing water as your vehicle could lose control, spinning out into oncoming lanes or other vehicles on the road beside you. When slowing, do so much earlier and more gradually, both to ensure that your vehicle comes to a safe stop and to alert drivers behind you, given them ample time to stop as well.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a crash in rainy conditions as a result of another driver who failed to adjust their behavior, you should seek help. Depending on the circumstances that led to your accident, you may be entitled to compensation to help pay for things like car repair payments and medical bills, as well as replace wages from time spent away from work. With the help of an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer, you can be assured of recovering the full amount that you are rightfully owed.
At AA Accident Attorneys, we will work hard to get you back onto your feet as quickly as possible. As always, we will charge you nothing for our legal services until your case is won. If we do not collect on your case, then you will owe us nothing. Call us today for a free evaluation and to learn what a car accident lawyer can do for you!