Many car and truck accidents occur during wet weather conditions. Hydroplaning occurs when a tire separates from a roadway surface by a layer of water. When a truck or car hydroplanes, and the driver loses control of the vehicle, accidents are highly likely. On highways where speeds can reach in excess of 50 miles per hour, such accidents can be deadly.
Hydroplaning can be problematic when a roadway surface does not drain properly. For instance, hydroplaning may occur where a roadway curves and the slope of the road is such that excess water pools in a specific area.
Hydroplaning will occur when the depth of water on a roadway surface or pavement is greater than the drainage capacity of the pavement itself plus tire tread. Speed tends to be a significant factor in hydroplaning.
Hydroplaning Analysis in a Car/Truck Accident Case
When a major accident is caused by hydroplaning, it is crucial to have the accident investigated immediately by an experienced lawyer who will review the accident with an accident reconstructionist and hydroplaning expert. There are many factors which affect a hydroplaning analysis:
- depth of water at the time of the accident,
- width of water at the time of the accident,
- tire pressure at the time of the accident, and
- speed of the vehicle at the time of the accident.
If a roadway defect caused or contributed to the happening of a car or truck accident in Pennsylvania, there may be a potential case against the government entity which owned or controlled the roadway.
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Pennsylvania Car & Truck Accident Lawyer
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Published: September 28, 2012