As a driver, it is important for you to understand the different risks that are present when you get behind the wheel. On the road, an accident could take place due to traffic congestion, driver negligence or poor signage. It is also critical to pay attention to weather conditions and the different risks associated with various weather events.
While many drivers understand how rain, fog, ice and snow can create hazards on the road, some do not realize that strong winds can also cause collisions.
Traffic accident risks associated with wind
The Federal Highway Administration goes over some of the different ways that weather, including wind, can cause a motor vehicle collision. Wind can result in obstructed lanes due to wind-blown debris and snow drifts. It is also essential to understand that wind can affect visibility by blowing dust, smoke and snow. In addition, wind can impact the stability of a vehicle, and this can become especially concerning on bridges.
The prevalence of traffic accidents due to weather conditions
The FHWA states that a typical year sees more than 5.8 million traffic accidents and about 21% of these collisions involve weather. In other words, almost 1,235,000 weather-related motor vehicle collisions occur on an annual basis.
Negligent driving becomes particularly dangerous when weather deteriorates. If you suffered an injury because of someone driving drunk, speeding or using their phone behind the wheel during bad weather or at any time, options are available to hold them responsible.