Rain & Hydroplane Accident | Car Accident Lawyer Pennsylvania

Date: May 16, 2018

Rain & Hydroplane Accidents in Pennsylvania

Driver negligence, poor car maintenance, and adverse weather conditions are commonly thought to be the cause of most car accidents. But what about the road on which your car or motorcycle is traveling? You could be traveling at a safe speed, you could be fully alert, your car could be perfectly maintained, yet if the highway was constructed poorly an accident could still occur.

Poor road construction is one of the leading causes of hydroplaning, which occurs when a vehicle’s tires become separated from the roadway by a layer of liquid (usually water). When properly constructed, a road or highway will have its center at a higher angle than the sides, creating what is called a cross slope. This cross slope allows water to drain off the surface of the roadway. The recommended cross slope for highways is between 1.5% and 2%. Many roads, after years of wear, repaving and re-patching, and sometimes due to paving contractor or road engineer negligence, have 0.5% or even no cross slope. This leads to pooling water, which in turn can cause hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning is most common at speeds of over 45 MPH, on asphalt surfaces, and on heavily trafficked and worn roadways. To reduce the probability of hydroplaning, make sure your car or motorcycle’s tires are inflated to the recommended pressure, replace tires before the tread gets too low, and reduce your speed when driving in wet weather.

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Joe Price
Attorney Joe Price is a seasoned Trial Lawyer serving Northeast, Central and Southeast Pennsylvania for the past forty (40) years. He has handled serious personal injury cases in courts throughout the Federal system including New Jersey and New York. Attorney Price is A.V. Rated by Martindale Hubble. He is Board Certified in Civil Practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1996.