Can a summer rainstorm result in a car accident?

As you make your way through the mountains of central Pennsylvania, it's possible you could face a variety of weather conditions.

While snow and ice come into play during the winter months, the summer season is all about heavy rain.

If you find yourself on the road in a summer rainstorm, here are some safety tips when driving in rain:

  • Keep both hands on the wheel: You never know if you'll hit a slick spot or run into a wind gust, so you need to maintain a strong grip on the wheel at all times.
  • Slow down: If you only do one thing in a rainstorm, make sure you slow down. This gives you more time to stop your vehicle, while also reducing the risk of hydroplaning.
  • Use your headlights: This allows you to more easily see the road ahead. It also makes it easier for other vehicles to see you.
  • Leave more space: It never hurts to leave more space between your vehicle and others, as it allows you to more easily react to changes in traffic.

If you aren't comfortable driving in heavy rain, you shouldn't hesitate to move to the side of the road until conditions improve. Yes, it will slow you down, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

If you're involved in a motor vehicle accident, such as on I-80, don't wait to call 911. From there, police and an ambulance will quickly arrive at the scene.

Once you receive treatment and have an idea of your long-term prognosis, you can work with your insurance company to file a claim and take steps toward holding the negligent party responsible.

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