When driving during heavy rain or any other poor weather conditions, it is very important for motorists to assess their driving according to the conditions of the road and the motorists’ diminished ability to safely control their vehicles. When visibility is compromised and the road is slippery, motorists should travel at a speed less than the road’s posted limit. When people fail to take into consideration the poor road conditions when driving, a devastating accident can occur.
A 28-year-old Westfield woman was seriously injured after the car she was driving overturned on the Garden State Parkway around 4:30 a.m. on October 16. According to New Jersey State police, the woman was driving a 2008 Audi A4 when the car went off road near Exit 131 in the southbound lanes.
The woman was trapped inside the vehicle, and was unresponsive when found by emergency crews. She was extricated from her car and was transported to a hospital in New Brunswick. State police said rain and slippery conditions may have contributed to the crash.
Drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles the same way as reasonable, prudent motorists would. During poor weather conditions, such as heavy rain, drivers need to adjust their driving conditions to avoid causing an accident. Passenger cars need more stopping distance on wet pavement.
Heavy rain may create many hazards and can become a deadly force on roadways. A downpour can easily affect the pavement, the vehicle’s performance, and visibility. Even light rain may cause the road to become slick, which is dangerous in some instances. Drivers should adapt to the road and weather conditions to prevent causing an accident. However, it may be difficult for some motorists to exercise safe driving when they travel on the familiar roadway.
Motorists who drive too fast for the conditions may be held liable for any injuries that occur due to their negligent driving behavior. In this single car cash on the Parkway, the injured driver may receive PIP benefits under New Jersey’s no-fault law. She may also seek the help of a New Jersey personal injury attorney to investigate if other factors other the driver’s negligence caused or contributed to the crash.