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Cautious driving in the rain: safety tips for Florida motorists

Rain or other inclement weather presents one of the most common circumstances under which car accidents occur. When the roads are wet and visibility is lower than usual, it is easier for motorists to lose control of their vehicles. Here are some useful safety tips to avoid a car accident while driving in the rain.

First, it is important to maintain a slower speed while driving in the rain. Be sure to drive at or below the speed limit in bad weather, as your vehicle’s stopping distance increases on wet pavement. A car accident is more likely to occur if you do not drive carefully.

Also, you should never drive in the rain without your car’s lights on. Rain and darker skies make it harder for other cars to see yours on the road—and driving without your lights on makes it even harder to be spotted. Make sure that your windshield wipers are functioning properly as well to increase visibility during storms.

Last, but most importantly, if you feel uncomfortable driving in an intense downpour, pull off of the road and into a safe location. When water floods your windshield during a torrential storm, your visibility is diminished to almost zero—this does NOT make for safe driving conditions. In the event that you are involved in a car accident, contact a personal injury attorney immediately. You may be able to obtain money damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

At the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller, we accept personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, meaning you would owe us neither legal fees nor costs unless we recover money damage for you—thus, there is no up front cost to you for us to handle the case. In addition to wrongful death, personal injury, and medical malpractice cases, our firm also handles lawsuits involving divorce, custody battles, domestic violence injunctions, will and probate matters, and criminal defense cases. Our firm has offices in Gainesville, Ocala, Chiefland, Lake City, Palatka, Jacksonville, Daytona, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, and Melbourne.

If you or a family member has been seriously injured or died in a car crash, DUI accident, tire failure crash, bike accident, rollover crash or other incident or as the result of someone else’s negligence or malpractice, contact the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller for a free phone consultation at (866) 496-8752 or via email at Info@ForYourLaw.com

BY: Monica Perez-McMillen, Attorney at Law

September 5, 2012

 
 
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