Mississippi Ranks #2 for Worst States to Drive in the Rain
As a preeminent authority on home security and general safety, SafeWise recently bestowed a rather unfortunate honor upon The Magnolia State. A December 13, 2017 report indicates that Mississippi ranks second among all states when it comes to car accidents that occur in the rain. Plus:
- In 2016, there were 46 crashes in Mississippi where rainy conditions were a factor; this figure amounts to a 1.54 chance of being in a collision, per every 100,000 incidents.
- To a certain extent, the number of rain-related auto accidents coincides with rainfall, as Mississippi also ranks within the top states for the most rain in an average year.
- There are almost five times as many accidents occurring in rainy conditions as compared to snow, at more than 2100 and 445, respectively.
- Nationwide, the number of fatalities from collisions in rain is relatively high at 2,368, while the deaths due to crashes in the snow amounted to 482.
The statistics on rain-related auto crashes in Mississippi are alarming, both because of their frequency and severity. To protect yourself and your family, it’s helpful to understand how these accidents happen and review some safety tips.
Factors in Rainy Weather Car Accidents
Some of the contributing factors in a collision due to rain are obvious, while others may come as a surprise:
- Reduced Traction: Wet roads are slippery, and even surfaces in excellent condition can become a hazard in a rain storm. A layer of water reduces tire traction, which can cause a vehicle to slide when a driver attempts to turn or slow down.
- Decreased Visibility: Rain drops hitting the road and water splashing up from puddles can lead to accidents because the conditions reduce visibility for drivers. In heavy rain, the problem is compounded, especially if the windshield wipers are aged. Plus, humidity inside the vehicle can lead to foggy windows, causing additional issues.
- Driving Skills: Drivers with less experience behind the wheel can be a factor in rain-related car accidents, because they haven’t developed skills to maneuver wet, slick roads. However, even experienced drivers can be over-confident and cause collisions.
Safety Tips for Driving in Rainy Conditions
Some basic safety tips can help you avoid an accident when it’s raining:
- Turn on your head lights;
- Always use turn indicators while driving in the rain;
- Wear your seatbelt, a reminder that should always apply when you’re in a car;
- Conduct regular maintenance checks on tires, and windshield wipers;
- Don’t use hazard lights unless you’re pulled over; and,
- Slow down, as rain makes it more difficult to stop.
Fault in Rain-Related Crashes in Mississippi
While weather may be a factor in any car accident, it’s never “at-fault” from a liability point of view. Auto crashes are typically due to carelessness of one or more drivers, who may be responsible for accidents that cause injuries. Where weather is a factor, negligence may be an issue where a driver doesn’t comply with the above safety tips.
Contact a Biloxi, MS Car Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in any type of auto accident, you may have a claim for compensation. The experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice in Biloxi, MS can tell you more about your options, so please contact us to discuss the details of your case.