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Hydroplaning, a constant threat during the rainy season

Florida residents probably know that they should be careful in the rain because of the threat of hydroplaning. In fact, the first 10 minutes of rainfall pose the greatest risk because that's the time when water mixes with the oil residue on the road and immediately forms a slippery surface. After that, the water will begin to wash away most, but not all, of the residue.

Hydroplaning occurs when there's more water on the road than the tires can handle. A thin layer of water will develop between the tires and the road. The thicker this layer becomes, the more the tires will float and lose traction. Eventually, the car may skid or slide out of control.

Slowing down and avoiding large puddles are the best methods for avoiding hydroplaning. However, it is sometimes unavoidable. A driver should never apply the brakes when their car loses control. Instead, they should turn into the slide, which means turning the same way that the rear of the car is sliding. A driver will also want to be careful not to overcorrect, or the car will spin in a full circle.

The driver should slide into the turn until the car repositions itself. Once they regain control, they can pull over for a breather and assess any damage that may have been incurred.

When a hydroplaning accident results in a personal injury, there may be grounds for a claim. However, it must be proven that the defendant was indeed negligent. For example, speeding and poor vehicle maintenance could be considered factors in the crash. Victims who want to pursue a claim can consult with legal counsel. A lawyer could hire third parties to gather proof against the defendant, and he or she could negotiate for a reasonable settlement.

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