While sliding down the road as if on skis may sound fun, hydroplaning -- also known as aquaplaning -- can result in very serious traffic accidents. Hydroplaning auto accidents happen when water gets between your tires and the road, causing you to lose control. You'll probably notice a "loose" feeling and too-easy steering. Knowing what to do if this happens can save a life.
Three conditions increase your likelihood of hydroplaning: speed, tire condition and depth of water. Many automobile and motorcycle accidents can be avoided by reducing your speed to 2/3 the speed limit, making sure your tire treads are not worn and your tire pressure isn't too low, and avoiding puddles. It's also important to keep in mind that the first rainfall on a dry road brings dirt and oil to the surface, making it especially slick.
What to Do
If you find your vehicle hydroplaning, avoid braking or turning suddenly. This will cause your car to skid and is a leading cause of wet weather car wrecks.
For front wheel drive cars and rear wheel drive cars with traction control and automatic braking systems (ABS) should do the following in the case of a hydroplaning incident:
- Look for an open space in front of you.
- Press down very slightly on the accelerator.
- Steer gently toward the open space.
For rear wheel drive cars without traction control and ABS, you should do almost the same thing. However, instead of gently pressing down on the accelerator, you'll need to ease off of it.
If you or someone you love is the victim of a hydroplaning accident, contact Greg Coleman Law. Our team of injury lawyers are recognized as industry leaders because we are intensely committed to ensuring that you are fully taken care of.