Many of the car accident claims in Elgin that we here at Accident Advice Helpline assist people with are related to injuries that they’ve sustained in RTAs due to adverse weather conditions. But in order to have a legitimate claim, it’s not the weather that must be blamed for the accident; rather the actions of another driver.
It’s the cars and not the weather conditions
Here in the UK, we’re no strangers to rain. It’s something we’ve learned to live with, and given that the cars we drive are well maintained and serviced, a little rain shouldn’t cause accidents. Unfortunately it does, but it’s not the rain itself; in some instances it’s the fact that some cars are poorly prepared for it.
Cars must be fit for purpose – rain or shine
Cars must be fit for purpose. Part of that purpose is being able to be driven safely when it’s raining. The things that affect car safety when it’s raining include:
- The windscreen wipers
- The windscreen washer mechanism
- The windscreen washer reservoir
- The tyres
- The brakes
- The lights
- The windscreen heater and blower system
If any one of the above listed items is either not working, or is compromised in some way, they could well be the cause of an accident.
It’s not just the condition of the car however. Some accidents happen in rain due to the fact that some drivers have little or no experience of driving in rain. It’s no problem for the “veterans”, but for “newbie” drivers it can often be a harrowing experience.
Dos and don’ts
Remembering to switch your car’s lights on is important. Sidelights are not sufficient, it needs to be your full (dipped) headlights. If the rain is particularly heavy and there’s lots of spray being thrown up, you may need to put your fog-lights on too in order to increase the visibility of your car to other drivers.
Windscreens and windows can become misted up. Blowing air onto the windscreen can clear it quickly and keeping the air temperature right inside the car helps to keep windows clear. This can fluster inexperienced drivers quite easily.
It’s also important to reduce speed and don’t get too close to the car in front. The normal safe distances need to be upped considerably. Finally, if you drive through deep water, test your brakes out. If they get saturated they can malfunction. If you sense this, keep applying the brakes to dry them, but only when it’s safe to do so.
The advantages of using Accident Advice Helpline for car accident claims in Elgin
When people process their car accident claims in Elgin via Accident Advice Helpline, they benefit from:
- Our ‘no win, no fee’ process
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Date Published: 18th November 2014