Dealing with summer floods and how to make injury claims after an accident
Although people will usually consider it to be more likely that flooding would occur in the winter, because of the higher rainfall, it is actually very common in the UK for there to be flash floods during the summer.
Flash floods happen when there is a very high occurrence of rainfall in a very short space of time, leading to some areas of the country becoming overwhelmed, rivers bursting their banks and drains overflowing.
When you are in such an area, it may be necessary for you to drive through an area which is flooded, and this can be dangerous for both you and your car. Driving through floods can also lead to serious accidents, so it is always worthwhile knowing what you should be doing, and how to avoid these situations.
Keep a steady pace
If you must drive through a body of water, first make sure that it is not any deeper than six inches and then drive at a steady pace the whole way through without stopping. Driving fast can cause water to fly up into the engine or exhaust, whilst driving too slow can cause the car to start aquaplaning .
Don’t restart your car
If your car does stall when you are partway through a body of water, this means that water has gotten into the important electrics or internal workings of the car. You must simply get out of the car and call for help if this happens, as restarting the car could be dangerous.
Steer clear of moving water
Any water which is flowing, even if it doesn’t look very deep, could sweep your car away, or make it too difficult for you to steer, causing accidents. If you come to a body of water which seems to be flowing, find another way around or turn back.
Be polite and courteous to other road users
It is not funny to splash pedestrians and cyclists with water. Not only could it damage your car, it could also cause them injury and leave you with a fine if you are caught. You should also avoid getting too close to other cars or being impatient around flooding, as you could easily cause an accident.
How to make Aberdare claims if an accident does happen
If an accident happens and it was the fault of another driver, who was not paying attention to the road or was acting negligently around flooded areas, you may be in a position to make Aberdare claims against this other driver.
Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience with accident and injury claims, and can team you with one of their experienced personal injury lawyers who are able to work with you to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you decide that you want to attempt Aberdare claims for compensation, call the helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and the friendly, helpful team can walk you through the Aberdare claims process.