Hydroplaning – An Often Undetermined Cause of Car & Truck Accidents


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It’s a common scenario: a severe car or truck accident on a highway when it is raining. Cars and trucks travel at high speeds on a highway. Suddenly a driver loses control. The car or truck starts to spin out of control and a violent collision results. In many car and truck highway accident investigations, hydroplaning is never even considered an issue; instead another factor is deemed to have caused the accident. From driver exhaustion and inattention to texting, there are usual, expected causes of highway accidents. However, hydroplaning as a cause often goes unnoticed and therefore not investigated.

Hydroplaning on a Highway in Wet/Rainy Weather Conditions

Hydroplaning occurs when water on a roadway simply does not drain appropriately. The tread of a car or truck tire will not displace enough water quickly enough, causing the tire to lose contact with the pavement. The car or truck then slips across the road surface, usually hitting another car or running into a ditch, pole or barrier.

There are multiple factors necessary in determining whether hydroplaning occurred, such as water depth, tire pressure, tire tread, and speed of the vehicle(s). Therefore, prompt investigation is crucial in a highway car or truck accident situation which occurs in wet or rainy weather conditions. To read more about hydroplaning in car and truck accident cases, click here. Other parties may be liable for defective design or improper maintenance of the highway. For instance, the Department of Transportation may be liable for failing to design the roadway surface properly, which leads to pooling water.

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