Rain and Accidents

A rainy day in Southern California means many accidents on freeways. Today’s commute was undeniably horrible for many who were stuck awaiting clearing of accident scenes. Accidents resulted in one death and several injuries this morning over several crashes.

A jackknifed big rig shut down all southbound lanes on I-5 this morning resulting in all lanes being closed. Another closed a road in Pasadena around 6:00 am. One car crash left one dead and two injured. Fender benders all over the roads left many areas crawling or paralyzed.

I’m lucky enough that I commute by train every morning and can avoid the highways, but that doesn’t mean the memories of the last crazy rain day are forgotten. I don’t remember the exact figure but something like 300 cars or more were involved in accidents on one particular rainy day as I was traveling to Santa Barbara. The biggest issue I noticed is that people were speeding (going at typical speeds) when they should have been slowing down. Of course it would be wrong to blame all accidents on human error, but I suspect a significant number of them happen because someone was not driving cautiously.

In any case, I hope the injured individuals recover fully and people take special care to drive in the rain. It may sound silly to someone reading this on the East Coast but the danger of decreased visibility combined with heavy traffic and high speeds is very real.

Gene is a frequent contributor to the blog of injury lawyer – Vibhu Talwar. His opinions are strictly his and do not reflect the views of the law firm of Fisher & Talwar.

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