Hydroplaning is a dangerous phenomenon that can be caused by driving recklessly under the given weather conditions, leading to auto accidents and serious personal injury. Such was the case with the fire chief from the Mebane Fire Department on Interstate 40/85. The fire chief was at the scene of a car wreck when a vehicle hydroplaned into the back of his Chevy Tahoe.
The fire chief was taken to the hospital, but is fortunately expected to recover.
Hydroplaning refers to the skidding or sliding of a car’s tires across a wet surface. This occurs when the tire is separated by the road surface by a thin film of water and loses traction. Hydroplaning can result in a loss of steering, braking, and power control.
It is likely that it recently rained before the time of the accident, as hydroplaning can occur on any wet road surface. However, all drivers should adjust their driving based on the given weather conditions.
The speed limit on Interstate 40 and 85 is 75 mph. Hydroplaning is most likely to occur when traveling speeds in excess of 35 mph, so it is recommended to reduce speeds even below the posted speed limit.
At our firm, we also advise drivers to remember some of the American Safety Council’s safety tips:
- Make sure your tires are in good condition
- Slow down when roads are wet: the faster you drive, the harder it is for your tires to scatter the water
- Stay away from puddles and standing water
- Avoid driving in outer lanes where water tends to accumulate
- Turn off cruise control
- Drive in a lower gear
- Avoid hard braking
- Try not to make sharp or quick turns
Our firm has experience successfully dealing with accidents that result from a hydroplaning vehicle. If you or a loved one is seriously injured in an accident due to a hydroplaning vehicle, we recommend you seek an attorney for consultation on your case.