Most people know that driving on Maryland roads is more dangerous in winter, as precipitation happens more frequently in colder months. Yet is driving in rain or snow more hazardous? The answer may surprise you.
Study showed rain is more dangerous than snow
A study published in 2022 by the website GetJerry.com analyzed NHTSA crash data from 2005 through 2019, and December, January and February showed more fatal rainy weather-related motor vehicle accidents. One possible theory of why more accidents occur in winter rain is that drivers perceive it to be less dangerous than show. When it’s raining, many people still tend to drive too fast for conditions instead of slowing down.
On the other hand, snow occurs in isolated events that generally don’t last long. When the heaviest snow occurs, drivers stay inside and avoid commuting. Not so with rain. Additionally, rain can occur at low levels for several days, making drivers complacent.
Tips for driving in heavy rain
Motorists should remember vehicles always take longer to stop on wet roads, so slow down. When your vehicle begins hydroplaning over a roadway, take your foot off the accelerator and steer it in the direction you want to go. Stay away from high water.
Inclement weather accidents can produce more severe injuries
Negligence is the cause of many car accident injuries that occur during bad weather. Many mishaps can result in more severe injuries and longer recovery times because of skidding and the inability to stop.
Insurance payments are often insufficient to cover medical and therapy treatments during recovery. Additionally, victims may not be able to work for lengthy periods, putting them in a financial bind. They may want to seek compensation through filing a lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident.