What to do when hydroplaning

What to do when hydroplaning

June through September is generally considered the rainy season in New Mexico and much of the United States. One of the biggest risks to drivers during a rain event is hydroplaning. This occurs when the car loses control while on a wet road because the tires are making contact with water instead of the road itself. In some cases, oil on the surface can mix with the rain to create a slippery mixture that can make gaining traction difficult.

This oil and water mix generally occurs during the few first minutes of a rain event. However, after a few minutes, the oil is generally washed away by the rain. Those who are driving a vehicle that is hydroplaning should resist the urge to use the brakes. Doing so could result in an even greater loss of control. Instead, it is better to steer into the skid.

Steering into the skid means steering in the direction that the back of the car is moving. Eventually, the car will regain contact with the road, and a driver will likely regain control of the vehicle at this point. If necessary, drivers can pull over to the side of the road after a hydroplaning incident to check the vehicle for damage or to process their emotions.

Those who are hurt in a car crash may be entitled to reimbursement for lost wages and future earnings. They may also be entitled to have their medical bills paid by the drivers responsible for their accidents. An attorney may be able to help show that driver negligence caused a wreck to happen. Negligence may include driving too fast for road conditions or running a red light. Automakers, government agencies or private companies may also be negligent depending on the facts of a case.

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