With Macon being home to both the Ocmulgee River and Lake Tobesofkee, the Middle Georgia area has its fair share of potential floods in a year's time.
Driving a motor vehicle during or after heavy rains or flooding can be extremely dangerous, creating an increased risk of auto accidents. One of the most common types happens when water accumulates on the roadway, causing a driver to hydroplane and lose control of their vehicle.
While most water accumulation on roads occurs due to heavy rain, it can also happen in areas that have seen little or no rain but are downstream from flooded lakes and rivers, dams that have failed, or beaver dams that prevent proper water drainage. Georgia has over 4,600 damns. When one of those fails, which can happen with little or no warning, areas downstream from them are particularly vulnerable to flash flooding.
Hydroplaning occurs when a person drives through a puddle of water and their car, truck or motorcycle's tires lose contact with the road, causing the driver to lose control of their vehicle. Such accidents may cause a person's vehicle to rollover, run off the road, slide into a ditch, crash into a tree, or hit another vehicle.
How to Drive in a Flood
To avoid hydroplaning during rainy or flooded conditions:
- Slow Down
- Don't drive through barriers
- Avoid puddles of water – drive around them or very slowly through them if they're unavoidable
- Check that your tires have tread
- Ensure that your tires are properly inflated
Who's at Fault in an Auto Accident
Although most people think it's their fault when their car or truck hydroplanes, this may not always be the case. Water accumulation on a roadway may be the result of:
- Improperly designed roads
- Poor road maintenance
- An improperly sloped roadway
- Inadequate road warnings
If your accident injury was the result of a motor vehicle that hydroplaned then call our experienced legal team at 478-238-9758 to see if you may have a claim.