Prolonged dry periods tend to result in the accumulation of dust, often accompanied by traces of fuel and/or oil on road surfaces. With the onset of rain, these elements combine to form a potentially lethal film.
The film generated by rain is particularly dangerous if the rain is comparatively light. Heavy rain will quickly wash any dust or traces of fuel/ oil off the surface, although rapid build-up of water on the road can equally lead to serious vehicle accidents. Light rain, however, will simply create a slippery mess that is often not immediately recognisable.
Road accidents in rain
Acting a little like a patch of ice, the film formed by rain, and other elements, on the surface of the road causes vehicle tyres to lose traction. This drastically reduces breaking distances and is also likely to cause car or motorcycling accidents, through vehicles travelling at speed swerving into other road users.
Road accidents by motorcycle
Motorcyclists are at particular risk of injury by accident in rain after prolonged dry periods, because once a bike starts swerving, it is almost impossible to keep upright. As a result, the bike may fall and slide into oncoming traffic, or land in front of vehicles following them. If these vehicles are not able to stop in time, the resulting injuries could potentially be crippling, if not fatal.
Whether you were involved in a car accident or were injured as the driver or passenger of a motorcycle, you may be entitled to accidental injury compensation. Entitlement is based on how long ago the traffic accident causing the injury occurred, and who was at fault. In essence, claims can only be made within a three year period following accidents on the road, and must be the responsibility of someone other than the injured party.
Accident Advice Helpline
Call Accident Advice Helpline to find out whether you may have a claim for compensation or not. Available 24 hours a day, every day, via a free-phone number – 0800 689 0500 – Accident Advice Helpline advisers are experienced and friendly. Offering completely confidential advice, they will be able to quickly determine if a claim has a chance of succeeding.
Compensation claims initiated through Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm endorsed by consumer champion, Esther Rantzen, are processed under conditional fee agreements.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown