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What drivers should know about hydroplaning

| Sep 10, 2018 | Car Accidents |

Oklahoma residents should know about the danger of hydroplaning; that way, they will be prepared the next time they head out in the rain. Hydroplaning occurs when a vehicle slides or skids uncontrollably on a wet surface. The risk for hydroplaning is at its greatest during the first 10 minutes or so of rainfall because the water will immediately mix with the oily residue on the road; after that period, the residue tends to wash away.

Driving in the rain causes a thin layer of water to develop between the tire and the road. This layer can thicken and cause the tire to lose traction. The risk becomes greater when a tire’s tread is worn, so drivers will want to ensure the right tread depth before the rainy season arrives. They should also check for proper inflation.

Driving slowly and avoiding large puddles is essential, but even the most cautious driver cannot entirely avoid hydroplaning. If it happens, they should keep three tips in mind. First, they should never brake, as this could cause the car to lose control even more. Second, they should turn into the slide, that is, turn in the direction the rear of the vehicle is sliding toward. They are to let the car reposition itself; afterwards, they can pull over if they wish and assess the damage, if any.

In the event that human negligence is behind a car accident, victims may decide to seek compensation for their injuries, vehicle damage, pain and suffering and other losses. A lawyer might evaluate the case and take it on if it’s valid. A network of professionals may also come in and gather the police report and any other evidence against the defendant. If the victim contributed to the accident, this could lower the settlement. The lawyer might then negotiate for a fair amount from the insurance company.

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