Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 2:49 am
The Daily Republic reported on the Vacaville crash that sent both drivers and all passengers to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. According to the report, the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta was traveling eastbound on Alamo Road when the driver of a Honda CRV turned in front of the Jetta at Peabody Road.
The collision caused the eastbound lanes of Alamo Road, near the intersection with Peabody Road, to close for an hour while crews investigated and cleaned up the accident scene. The driver of the Jetta and two children, 9 years old and 1-year-old, were transported to Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center. The driver of the Honda and three children, a 7-year-old, 5-year-old, and 6-month-old, were also transported to the medical center for treatment.
Lt. Mark Donaldson of the Vacaville Police Department said that the rainy weather that day was not a factor in the collision. However, the weather did play a factor in several other traffic accidents that day. Officer Dave Henry of the Solano CHP warned drivers to be careful when it is raining. Officer Henry said, “We encourage people to slow down and increase the distance between them (and other cars).”
Driving In Rainy Weather
Rainy weather can create hazardous driving conditions. Drivers should exercise additional caution when driving in inclement weather. Below are several tips to keep you safe when driving in rainy weather.
- Slow Down – Speed and rainy weather combine to create the perfect conditions for a driver to lose control. Remember, speed limits are for driving in good condition. When the conditions change, such as a rainstorm, you must adjust your speed to allow for hazardous conditions.
- Allow Extra Room – You may not be able to stop as quickly on rain-slick roads as you can on dry roads. Therefore, allow extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you in case you must stop quickly. Putting extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you may avoid a rear-end collision.
- Do Not Use Cruise Control – Using cruise control in the rain can increase your risk of a traffic accident. Cruise control cannot respond to changes in road conditions. You need to be in control of the vehicle so that you can take your foot off the accelerator and apply the brakes in a way to avoid hydroplaning, if necessary.
- Hydroplaning – Learn how to handle hydroplaning before you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
- Standing Water – Never drive through standing water. It is impossible to know the depth of the water. Only a couple of inches of water can be treacherous.
- Vehicle Maintenance – Keep tires and windshield wipers in top working order to help avoid crashes in rainy weather.
Contact A Sacramento Car Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a traffic accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. However, you must prove that the other driver caused the accident and is at fault for the collision before you can recover compensation. An experienced Sacramento car accident attorney conducts an investigation to identify evidence. He uses the evidence to prove fault while you focus on healing and getting back to your life.
You can reach the Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or by chatting with a representative on our website. We offer free legal consultations and free case evaluations.