Heavy Weather and Car Accidents

Less than ideal weather conditions may have a serious influence on drivers, particularly during winter months when snow and ice make road conditions potentially deadly. Car accidents are typically more common during heavy weather, whether it is snow, hail, rain, fog, ice or strong wind. A driver may be more likely to lose control of his or her vehicle or may be unable to see clearly. Diminished traction is another serious factor, making it possible to lose control even when driving well below the posted speed limit. Heavy weather also increases the danger posed by speeding, drunk driving and other forms of driver negligence.


During a storm, rain or snow can make it exceedingly difficult to see other vehicles, traffic lights and roadway identification signs. Water and slush thrown up into the air by other drivers can obscure lane markers and may stick on drivers' windshields, making it even more difficult to see. Fog may render headlights virtually ineffective. At times when rain or snow are likely, it is important to ensure your vehicle is properly equipped and that your windshield wipers are in working condition. If visibility is particularly bad, it may be best to safely pull off the road until conditions improve.


Traction is another key issue in heavy weather. Snow, ice or water on the road may make it difficult to steer, slow down, stop or even stay on the road. Drivers should therefore adjust their speed accordingly and should take care to ensure their tires are properly maintained to ensure the best traction possible.

Heavy Wind

Heavy wind can have a number of serious effects on drivers, particularly those who are operating larger vehicles. Light trucks, SUVs and large commercial vehicles are more likely to be affected by heavy wind, but any driver may find it difficult to remain in his or her lane in particularly strong wind. Wind may also cause debris to be blown into the road.

Driving Behavior and Dangerous Weather Conditions

Perhaps the most dangerous part about harsh weather is how drivers respond to it. Weather conditions only serve to magnify the hazards presented by aggressive and distracted drivers. Overly timid drivers may present a serious danger as well. They may drive at unreasonably low speeds, causing unneeded traffic congestion or even increasing the likelihood that they will be rear-ended. Reckless drivers are just as dangerous, showing no concern for decreased visibility or traction. As they barrel through traffic, they place themselves and everyone in the vicinity at risk if they lose control and cause an accident.

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