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Hydroplaning Accident Lawyer Serving Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa & Surrounding Areas in Alabama.

 

If you have been injured in an Alabama Hydroplaning Incident you need the assistance of an experienced lawyer, whose knowledge in the field will help you obtain the maximum recovery to which you are entitled.

 

A Hydroplaning or Aquaplaning accident is complex and can be difficult to navigate. There are numerous factors that can lead to an Aquaplaning/Hydroplaning Incident, including speeding, Weather Conditions (pooling water), road curvature and design, and incorrect tire pressure are some of the causes.

 

Anyone who has hydroplaned in their car can attest to how terrifying the experience can be. Some of the worst accidents we have seen as personal injury lawyers have been a result of a driver losing control of their vehicle in the rain.

 

 

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Hydroplaning Accidents

Common causes of Hydroplaning/Aquaplaning

By design, the grooves that are manufactured into road tires are designed to not only grip the road surface, but to also disperse any water that the tire tread comes in contact with, and expelling it from the center of the tread pattern to the outer edges of the tire – centrifugal force also aids this process.

 

However, despite recent advances in wet weather tire performance, there are some primary elements that can induce hydroplaning.

 

Some of these factors can include (but not limited to):

 

  • Pooled water on the road surface – some roads often wear in unexpected patterns, which cause ridges and / or ruts to development in the pavement surface. Water from rain, drain overflow and even sprinkler excess runoff can puddle in these ruts, creating puddles of varying depth. These puddles can then create a water hazard and a potential source of hydroplaning.
  • Driver speed – this is especially prevalent around corners, where a speeding driver may be driving too quickly in wet conditions, causing the tires to lose grip and cause a spin out or accident.
  • Road curvature and design – due to environmental and budget restrictions, some roads need to be designed to fit within a given area. Due to these constraints, in some instances the road design is compromised, which can cause excess flooding and poor drainage during inclement weather. This combination can create a dangerous driving surface.
  • Incorrect tire pressure – having incorrectly inflated tires can prohibit the tread from performing as designed. In these cases, any water may not be pushed away from the surface in time before hydroplaning occurs.
  • Poor water drainage – blocks drains or excessive water build up after a large storm can also create water hazards on a roadway that may contribute to an aquaplaning incident.

 

As with most driving environments, it’s important for motorists to drive defensively and to be aware of the weather and outside driving conditions at all times.

 

 

Prevention Tips to Hydroplaning/Aquaplaning

As a general rule, if a vehicle is traveling in a straight line when the aquaplane starts, the driver may notice a decreased level of “road feel” through the wheel, which often startles many motorists.

 

In fact, most drivers initially react to this feeling by trying to grab the wheel and steer out of the situation however, this is generally counterproductive in the majority of hydroplaning situations.

 

Some useful tips for avoiding or possibly escaping a hydroplane can include:

 

  • Easing off the accelerator can help to regain traction
  • If steering is required, turn the wheel gently and as smoothly as possible
  • Only apply the brakes if ABSOLUTELY necessary. Even then, only apply very gently
  • If the rear wheels skid, steer IN THE DIRECTION of the skid
  • Ensure your tires are correctly inflated
  • Do not use cruise control in wet driving environments
  • Reduce speed in wet conditions
  • Keep tires in good condition and maintain good tread depth

 

By using some of these basic tips, you may be able to escape or avoid an aquaplaning situation.

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