Wet roads are partly to blame for a Colorado Springs car accident that involved a pickup truck and a minivan. As a light rain fell, the pickup truck lost control and veered into the opposite lane, striking a minivan carrying three family members. One of the two children riding in the van was ejected through a passenger window, landing on the sidewalk.
Colorado Springs police say that no one in the van or pickup truck sustained serious injuries in the car accident. The truck driver may face a careless driving charge.
“The oil on the street becomes raised as the rain comes down, and now you have a hydroplaning issue,” police Sgt. Michael Spitzmiller told KRDO News. “You don’t have to have a lot of moisture on the runway.”
Spitzmiller also noted that not everyone in the car was wearing a seatbelt based on the child’s ejection.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wet pavement contributes to nearly 1,128,000 crashes, 507,900 injuries and 5,500 deaths every year.
To avoid hydroplaning –skidding across a wet road surface, usually due to a mix of oil and rainwater – drivers should:
- Keep your tires inflated. Rotate and replace when necessary.
- Slow down on wet roads, even during a light drizzle.
- Turn off cruise control and avoid braking hard.
If your car starts to hydroplane:
- Turn the wheel in the direction of the skid to increase friction
- Avoid braking
- Once you have regained control, brake every so often to make sure the brakes are not flooded.
If you or your family were the victim of a car accident caused by someone else’s careless driving, remember that you can seek justice against a negligent driver. Contact us today, and we can schedule a free consultation to discuss your options. Our number is (866)377-3800.
Metier Law Firm, LLC – Denver injury attorneys