Some of the most dangerous weather to drive in occurs in Texas. Being such a large state it also has a diverse number of climates. Because of this, Texas experiences some of the most severe weather in the country. Many people driving in such tough conditions keeps emergency responder's well practiced and a personal injury attorney busy.
There are five main dangers a driver can face in Texas: fog, heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail, Ice, and tornadoes. If you are driving in these conditions, here is what you can expect.
According to AAA, fog is considered the single most dangerous weather condition to drive in. It often reduces visibility more than a driver realizes. A driver should slow down, and if needed pull well off the road.
Heavy rain in Texas can come on in seconds and can overwhelm the ability of a car's windshield wipers. Often a driver can’t see out the front, back or side windows. A driver should slow down and pull off the road until the rain decreases.
Bright and blinding lightning, loud thunder that makes your ears ring, intense rain, and wind are not uncommon for a Texas thunderstorm. The cloud cover can make the day as dark as night and be very disorienting. Drivers should slow down and pull to the side until the storm passes, or seek shelter until conditions get better.
Chunks of ice the size of a tennis ball falling from the sky and massive amounts of smaller hail occur every year in Texas. Few Texans have escaped hail damage to their cars or homes. Hail can pile up on roads and make for very slippery driving conditions and cause damage to your vehicle. A driver should slow down and seek shelter.
The single most violent type of weather you can experience in Texas is a tornado. They are fast, deadly and terrifying. These funnels of deadly wind can be big or small and are unpredictable. There is little defense against a tornado and the best thing to do is seek shelter in a sturdy building.
It is not uncommon for all areas of Texas to experience significant icing making roads almost impassable. It can be thin layers hard to see on a road to sheets an inch thick. During icy conditions, a driver should stay off the road.
Driving in Texas can be a challenge and a driver should follow three rules when the weather is bad: stay alert, slow down, and stay under control.
Unfortunately, even the safest drivers can still be victims to other drivers’ recklessness. Since others might not be as careful as they should, make sure you have a personal injury attorney should the need arise.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the Stern Law Group at (877) 661-9900 for a no-fee consultation.