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Rain and Auto Accidents

Did you know that rainfall, no matter how light, can significantly influence your chances of being in a fatal accident? According to reports from the American Meteorological Society, which studied over 125,000 fatal car crashes in the 48 continguous states, they found that wet roads (no matter from rain, sleet, snow, or hail) increased the risk of a fatal accident by about 34% across the country.  Even when the rain was light, the risk increased by over 25%.  The study utilitized advanced data techniques, including targeted use of high-resolution radars, that had not been used in such a large-scale study before.  For Pennsylvania in particular, a fatal crash appears to be almost 13% more likely to occur during any form of precipitation as opposed to when the roads are dry. 

Defensive driving is very important, no matter what the weather conditions are like.  However, even if the weather is bad, that does not excuse other drivers’ behavior.  If you have been injured in a car accident due to the fault of another, it may be time to seek legal advice.  Our firm is skilled in handing car accident claims here in Pennsylvania and will work hard for you.  For more information, call our Altoona, PA area office at 814-515-9074.

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