Wet weather has once again wreaked havoc on Orange County roadways.  There were a number of traffic accidents reported this morning, including several in the Fullerton and Brea areas.  At about 12:30 p.m., the driver of a BMW crashed into a tree in the center divider of Bastanchury Road, just west of State College Boulevard.  According to a story in the Orange County Register, firefighters had to remove the driver's side door to extricate the driver who was eventually taken to the hospital for treatment of what were described as minor injuries.  Just before 10:30 a.m., two automobiles and a big-rig collided on the northbound I-5 near Chapman Avenue, according to the news report.  If all that was not enough, two separate accidents were reported in the area of Brea Canyon Road, including a roll over crash.   

See the Orange County Register article and photographs HERE.

Wet and slippery roads are often a contributing factor when accidents like the ones above occur.  It is unfortunate that not every driver on the road adjusts their driving to suit the weather and roadway conditions.   Speed is nearly always a factor in these wet weather accidents as drivers simply do not reduce the speed of their vehicle to accommodate for less traction in turns and greater stopping distances.  When there is water on the road, you should slow your vehicle down by 5 to 10 miles per hour.  This is especially true if the weather has been dry for some period of time before.  In the event your vehicle starts to skid, ease off the gas pedal, stop braking, and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid.  See the DMV Handbook regarding adverse weather condition driving HERE.

Compensation for the victims of serious, weather-related automobile accidents caused by careless drivers should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a driver operates their vehicle at a speed unsafe for the weather conditions, they should be held accountable for the injuries and damages they cause.  An Orange County injury trial lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling freeway accident cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a weather-related accident?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.  This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter.  A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.