Accidents Double as Rain Pummels Southern California

February 28, 2014

More than 100 traffic accidents were reported just overnight on Wednesday to Thursday morning and more are expected with heavier rain on the way, according to a news report on CBS Los Angeles. Beach communities in Los Angeles and Orange counties were getting ready to handle the flooding and California Highway Patrol officials closed a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu as a precaution since it is prone to landslides. Officials also warn that

some of the local areas where drivers should exercise caution include - Pacific Coast Highway at Las Posas Road; the Angeles Crest Highway; Downtown Los Angeles; Sepulveda Boulevard and I-105; and Redondo Beach Boulevard and I-110.

Safety Steps To Take When Driving In The Rain

It's a common joke that Southern Californians don't know how to drive in the rain. But, jokes aside, it is important to take every precaution we possibly can to prevent accidents in wet weather. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe in the rain.

• The most important step you can take while driving in the rain or bad weather is to slow down. Slippery roads make it more difficult to stop. When you drive slower, there is more time to stop if needed.
• Make sure that you car is prepared. You do not want to drive on bald or near-bald tires especially in wet weather. Use the top of a quarter to check tire tread. If you can see above Washington's head, you may need new tires. Letting air out of the tires will not give you traction on a wet roadway.
• Stay in the middle lane where there is likely to be less flooding.
• Avoid areas where water is pooling. The water in such areas could be deeper than it appears.
• Make sure your brakes are in good working condition.
• If you vehicle skids, turn in the direction of the skid until to regain control and then try to steer in the direction you were trying to go in the first place.
• Watch carefully for potholes.

What To Do If You Are Involved in an Accident

If you are involved in an accident, please remain at the scene and wait for officials to arrive. Collect contact information for other parties involved. Talk to eyewitnesses at the scene. Take photos of the vehicles, the roadway and your injuries. Obtain a copy of the police report.

Get prompt medical attention and contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will help protect your legal rights and best options.