Hydroplaning, when your vehicle enters a water pond at a high speed and loses its grip on the pavement, was the subject of a recent article posted on this website. It is really a frightening experience when your car suddenly starts jerking, does not respond to either steering wheel or brakes, and starts spinning violently. Hydroplaning is likely to end in nasty collisions with other vehicles, guardrails, trees or other obstacles. A cautious driver can prevent almost all situations leading to hydroplaning by slowing down in heavy rainfall, and by looking out for depressions and water accumulation on the highway.
Car hydroplaning accidents in Florida have increased dramatically since the speed limit on Interstate highways was raised up to 70 mph. Most of today’s highway network consists of very wide roads of three or more lanes, which can catch and accumulating a huge quantity of rainwater without any evacuation path except on the right shoulder.
Several highway situations create a propensity for hydroplaning, such as:
  • Wide pavements on a grade;
  • Surfaces with little texture;
  • Deep wheel ruts;
  • Roadway curve transitions, especially on downhill grades;
  • Transitions from downhill to uphill;
  • Water accumulating along the shoulder;
  • Any road pavement without a cross-slope.

Driving slowly and watching the way water flows or builds up on the roadway is all you need to avoid being caught in a frightening hydroplaning crash in Florida.
If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident caused by someone else, call the Daytona Beach attorneys of Johnson & Gilbert PA today toll free at (800) 556-8890 and locally at (386) 673-4412, or send our lawyers an email to arrange a free consultation.
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