Light Rain Increases Risk for AccidentsJune 5, 2019
Snow, ice, and freezing rain can make road conditions extremely hazardous. What many motorists many not realize, however, is that even light rain can increase the risk of serious and fatal car accidents. In fact, according to a recent study from the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, the risk off fatal car accidents increases by 34 percent when it rains and by 27 percent during a light drizzle. Slick roads increase the risk of fatal crashes, but motorists need to be aware of how hazardous the roads become during a light rain.
Researchers studied the connection between 125,012 fatal car accidents and the weather conditions between 2006 and 2011. They found that there were direct links between the intensity of the precipitation and the severity of the accidents. While heavier precipitation increased the risk of fatal accidents, the study’s lead author was surprised to discover that even light rain substantially increased the risk of fatal car accidents.
Highlights of the Study
- Rain was more likely to increase the risk of fatal car accidents during the morning hours when commuters are heading to work. Rain did not have a significant impact on motorists who were driving at night, which was likely due to fewer motorists on the road.
- Car accidents caused by rain were more likely to occur in rural areas because motorists are more likely to drive faster, compared to motorists in urban areas.
- While rain causes hazardous road conditions, the risk of fatal car accidents is higher in the winter because snow is more dangerous than rain.
According to the study’s author, motorists do not anticipate how dangerous a light rain can be, so they may not take the necessary safety precautions. Researchers also suggested that climate change could cause precipitation to intensify. There is evidence that these weather patterns are becoming more frequent and intense. Motorists who are exposed to heavy downpours are at a greater risk of fatal car accidents. To increase safety and prevent future accidents, safety officials, law enforcement, and community leaders should consider developing updated awareness campaigns, improved weather forecasting, and variable speed limits that adapt to changing road conditions. This could make traveling in inclement weather much safer and help reduce the risk of serious and fatal car accidents.
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