The recent heavy rainfall in California is a reminder that drivers take extra care when driving in severe weather conditions. Those who have little experience driving, even in light rain, could easily become anxious. It is essential to understand that one careless action while driving could risk the driver’s life, passengers in the car, and others in or near the roadway, including pedestrians and bicyclists.

Always be alert

It is said that drivers on familiar roads they travel regularly tend to drive subconsciously. If it begins to rain, they may hardly notice the danger and fail to adjust their driving to suit conditions.

Turn on headlights

It is against the law to drive in poor visibility conditions without using the headlights. Failure to do so could lead to serious accidents, with potentially tragic. It is not uncommon to see multi-vehicle accidents in lousy weather.

Beware of hydroplaning

Hydroplaning happens when a large amount of water keeps a vehicle’s tires from gripping on the road surface. It could even occur at speeds as slow as 35 mph. Hydroplaning could also happen to four-wheel-drive vehicles, trucks and SUVs. The condition of the vehicle’s tires plays an essential role in safe driving in wet weather.

All drivers in California must be able to drive safely in any circumstances. It is usually best to stay off the roads in challenging conditions. Victims of car accidents caused by the negligence of others may pursue claims for financial relief. They can file personal injury lawsuits if they can prove that negligence caused the accident, the injuries and emotional trauma. All claims must be appropriately documented for adjudication by the court before a monetary judgment is issued.