Although Las Vegas usually doesn’t see much rain, monsoon season – which starts in the summer and can last until September – can cause conditions to quickly change. During this period, thunderstorms can bring a lot of rain in a short period of time, causing slippery or flooded roads, poor visibility, and sudden wind gusts. These conditions can make driving extremely dangerous.
The Las Vegas injury lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez offer driving tips to help keep you safe during monsoon season:
Check your vehicle
Make sure your car is ready to handle hazardous conditions by checking your windshield wipers, headlights, and brake lights. Also make sure your tire tread is in good shape so you can stop quickly if traffic suddenly stops.
Be informed about local conditions
Stay tuned to local media for the latest news about weather conditions, and download one of their apps to make sure you receive alerts when you’re out and about.
Allow extra time
The injury lawyers at GGRM warn that being in a hurry will make your trip even more stressful and may lead you to make dangerous decisions. Leave early and allow extra time to reach your destination. If your trip isn’t a necessary one, try to delay it until driving conditions improve.
Reduce your speed when it rains to allow your tires to get traction on the wet road. A lower rate of speed will also allow you to stop quicker and safer.
Pull over if you need to
Pull off the road and turn off your car and lights if you don’t feel comfortable driving in heavy rain. Leaving your lights on when you pull over, is dangerous since drivers may follow brake and taillights when visibility is poor.
Watch out for flooded areas
Roads can flood quickly when a large amount of rain falls in a short period of time. Watch out for posted barricades or flood warning signs, and remember to never drive through a flooded street or intersection.
Beware of downed power lines
Power lines are more likely to come down in bad weather, and if one comes in contact with your vehicle, do not move your car or try to move the line yourself. Honk your horn to attract attention and call 911 if you can.
Contact Las Vegas injury lawyers
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident caused by a monsoon or the carelessness of another driver, contact the Las Vegas injury lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez. GGRM has been protecting Southern Nevada for over 45 years and is here to help you, call 702-388-4476 for a free consultation today.