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Hydroplane Accidents

There are many different types of car accidents. One of the most common accidents is a hydroplane accident, which involves a vehicle losing control on a wet road. Hydroplaning generally occurs when there is a loss of traction and the tire is separated from the road by the excess water. As a result, drivers lose control of the vehicle, including the ability to properly turn and brake. The vehicle thereby collides with another vehicle or object, such as a median, wall, or fire hydrant. These accidents can result in significant injuries that dramatically alter your quality of life. As a result, these injuries result in substantial medical bills, lost income, potential disability, and pain and suffering. The experienced attorneys at Slatter Law Firm will aggressively fight to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.

Hydroplane accidents can be caused by many different factors. Generally, hydroplaning is caused by slick or slippery roads or highways. Below is a description of the most common causes of these accidents.

  1. Weather conditions- Poor weather conditions, such as rain, snow, storms, and fog, cause slippery roads and highways. However, there does not need to be an excessive amount of water for a vehicle to hydroplane. Hydroplaning can also occur on icy roads.
  2. Defective tires- One of the most common causes of these accidents is the quality and condition of tires. Generally, good tire tread is necessary to maintain control of a vehicle. As a result, poor tire tread increases the likelihood of hydroplaning. Poor tire pressure is another cause of these accidents.
  3. Improper road maintenance- Drains for roads are necessary to prevent the build up of water. Blocked or defective drains can cause or contribute to hydroplaning. An inadequate number of drains is another cause. Additionally, poor road maintenance can cause these accidents. Ruts, large potholes, and ridges in the roads or highways allow excessive water to pool. The failure to fix these road conditions contributes to hydroplaning.
  4. Driver’s negligence- The law requires drivers to exercise care when driving so as to prevent harm to other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. As a result, drivers must drive slowly when roads are slick after raining or snowing. Speeding increases the likelihood that a vehicle will hydroplane and collide with another vehicle or object.

There are multiple persons that may be at-fault for your accident. Potential at-fault persons include the other driver, the tire manufacturer, auto mechanic, and the city or municipality that owns, possesses, or controls the property where the accident occurred. Your experienced accident attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to identify all at-fault persons.

There are several crucial steps to take to prevent these accidents. Specifically, drivers should do the following: drive slowly when there is rain, snow, a storm, or heavy fog; pay attention to whether the front vehicle encounters standing water; maintain safe distance from front vehicle when there are poor weather conditions; avoid standing water; routinely check tire pressure; promptly replace worn tires; regularly rotate your tires; and avoid abrupt or quick turns in wet conditions.

These accidents often result in substantial physical injuries that require lengthy and expensive medical treatment. California compensates injured victims for this treatment along with any lost wages, loss of earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering. In order to maximize this compensation, you should hire an experienced accident attorney.

Contact Us Today

Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney today if you or a loved one was involved in a hydroplane car accident. Slatter Law Firm has been helping individuals injured due to car accidents and slip and falls throughout Los Angeles and Southern California for over four decades. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (310) 444-3010 or contact us online