Even here in sunny southern California – poor weather conditions, sandy roads, bad visibility and yes, even rain can and do cause accidents. While some of these accidents can and are caused by Mother Nature, a surprising amount of accidents in bad weather are caused by negligent driving.
In areas like Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego it may only rain a few times a year. For that reason most of the drivers on the road in Southern California have no experience driving in the rain, and thus can be quite dangerous if/when they get tangled up and cause an accident.
CALIFORNIA DRIVERS CAN’T DRIVE IN THE RAIN
In poor weather conditions there are two specific kinds of motorists who exponentially raise the danger factor on the roads – the first group are nervous or shy driver and the second group are unsafe or
Nervous/shy drivers, during bad road conditions or heavy weather, will cause problems for themselves and other drivers by overcompensating for the weather, usually this manifests with them operating their vehicle at dangerously low speeds. We’ve all seen, and perhaps know, people like this who, while they think they are being cautious and helping the situation, are actually causing more trouble than good by being overly nervous. They cause accidents, and even though they think they may be safe drivers, there can be negligence if/when they are involved in a car accident.
The second group – unsafe or foolish drivers – are even more dangerous. These drivers never slow down, never take their foot off the gas and rarely drive like others do. They are hellbent on getting from Point A to Point B as fast as humanly possible and whether it’s raining or not, they will drive as fast and unsafe and foolish as they want to, regardless of road conditions or others on the road. These drivers weave in and out of traffic, ride our bumpers, change lanes whenever they want and are generally a massive liability, an accident waiting to happen.
There are 1000’s of car, motorcycle, truck, bus and pedestrians involved in accidents every single day in California. Whether it sunshine or raining cats & dogs, it’s important to know your legal rights. The worst thing anyone can do after they get into an accident is just assume that it was caused by one thing or the other – in this case, that it was caused by the rain or by slippery roads and that no one is at fault. That’s a mistake. If you or a loved one were in an accident, and you suspect that it was caused by a negligent driver, give us a call for a complimentary, confidential intake call.