With all the rain that we have been experiencing, it is very important to remember that wet roads can lead to serious, and sometimes fatal, automobile accidents. A recent example of this occurred on I-65 when a vehicle heading northbound lost control due to wet conditions on the road and hydroplaned into oncoming traffic.
According to Trooper Nate King, a Mazda heading south on I-65, a mile north of Ind. 28, lost control in a rainstorm and came across the median at about 9:45 a.m. Monday. King said the car was struck by a semi driving north on I-65 and was torn in two.
While it is sometimes impossible to avoid another vehicle that loses control, we can all do our best to make sure we are not the ones who lose control in wet conditions. First, always make sure that your tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread. Worn out tire tread often cause your vehicle to lose traction in conditions that would otherwise be safe. Also, slow down in wet weather. Your vehicle is not going to have the same stopping ability on a wet road that it would if the conditions were dry.
Approximately 40,000 people die each year in automobile accidents. In fact, automobile accidents are the number one killer of people between the ages of 4 and 34 years old. Remember, you cannot always avoid another person’s mistake. But you can do your best to protect yourself, your family, and those around you. So, please consider these tips and stay safe.