Heavy rain can cause traffic accidents in several ways. The first is obviously poor visibility. As sheets of rain hit windscreens, even the highest wiper speed is often incapable of clearing the screen adequately. As a result of this, and potentially to high speeds, car accidents involving hitting other road users are common in heavy rain.
Road traffic accidents in heavy rain
Another danger is aquaplaning. As water accumulates on the road surface, it forms a sheet not unlike ice. As cars hit the sheet of water at speed, traction is lost, the car acts almost like a hover craft, and drivers lose control. The results of this can be fatal, as the out-of-control vehicle can easily cause serious vehicle accidents by swerving into oncoming traffic or off the road.
Road accidents at the onset of heavy rain
Heavy rain after prolonged dry periods tends to form a slippery film on road surfaces. A mixture of dust, traces of oil and water, this film also causes loss of traction and subsequent skidding or swerving. Again, the potential risk of serious injury by accident is high.
People injured in road accidents caused by heavy rain within the last 36 months, may be eligible to claim for compensation if the accident on the road was caused by another road user. Eligibility to claim can be established by filling in Accident Advice Helpline’s compensation calculator test, or calling their freephone helpline to speak to an advisor.
Requirements for car accident claims
In order to claim for injury compensation, the injured person needs to prove that the accident was not their fault. This may involve providing statements and contact details of witnesses and attending police. In addition, documentation of the injuries, their extent, and how and if they were treated also needs to be provided.
Accident Advice Helpline
Once claims have been initiated, they are dealt with by Accident Advice Helpline’s extensive legal team. These highly qualified professionals have years of experience in dealing with compensation claims, and will guide and assist injured parties through the entire process of their claim. Offering their services on a no win no fee* basis, they will ensure suitable driver or passenger injury compensation is paid as quickly as possible. It is, however, not possible to state how long a case will take to complete, as circumstances vary significantly from one case to the next.
Date Published: December 2, 2013
Author: David Brown