Flooded roads are a common-enough occurrence in the UK that everyone should be aware of how to drive safely in flooded conditions. Did you know that drowning in a vehicle accounts for 32% of all flood-related deaths, or that just two feet of standing water is enough to float your car? Even experienced drivers can struggle with driving conditions on wet or flooded roads; driving in wet conditions can be dangerous, as water on the road creates the potential for aquaplaning to occur. When driving on a flooded road, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce your risk of being involved in an accident:
- Double your stopping distance in heavy rain and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front
- Only drive through flood water if you are sure it is not too deep
- Ease off the accelerator and keep your speed down on flooded roads
- If you do break down, keep your bonnet shut until your breakdown service arrives as a wet engine could damage your vehicle
- Never drive fast through standing water as you may lose steering control and aquaplane
- Driving fast on flooded roads could not only soak pedestrians and cyclists but could also cause expensive damage to your vehicle
Have you been injured in a road traffic accident?
If you have been involved in an accident on a flooded road, it can be easy to assume that the standing water on the road caused your accident. However, if the other driver was driving carelessly in flood conditions, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. Failing to adjust speed, driving with no lights on in heavy rain, paying no attention to cyclists and pedestrians or driving at speed through standing water could all cause injury to other road users.
Accident Advice Helpline to the rescue
Sometimes, we need a little more information to make an informed decision. So if you want to find out more about the process for personal injury compensation claims, contact Accident Advice Helpline today. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers offer confidential advice, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. Whether you have been injured yourself or a member of your family has been hurt in a road traffic accident, you could find out right now how much compensation you may be eligible to claim by taking the 30-second test on our website. Then call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether you have a viable claim.
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown