If you encounter a reckless driver on the road, they could cause a traffic crash regardless of weather and road conditions. However, negligent driving becomes particularly dangerous during certain times, such as periods of strong wind. It is important to understand how wind can increase the probability of a motor vehicle collision and keep an eye out for careless drivers if you take to the road.
In some instances, it is better to avoid driving until weather conditions improve.
Traffic crash risk factors associated with wind
The Federal Highway Administration sheds light on the various ways in which wind can lead to a traffic collision. For example, wind can interfere with a driver’s ability to see the road. Poor visibility can occur due to wind-driven snow, smoke or dust. In addition, wind can result in obstructions on the road as a result of fallen tree branches, debris and snow drifts.
The FHWA also points out that heavy wind can affect driver behavior as well as vehicle performance.
Negligent driving during windy conditions
When visibility deteriorates due to wind, fog or precipitation, drivers who speed or get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol become particularly dangerous. Moreover, those who do not respect traffic safety guidelines pose a significant risk when the road becomes hazardous due to wind-blown debris. For example, a driver could swerve into another lane or come to a stop abruptly.
In the wake of a traffic collision caused by a reckless driver, you need to go over the details of the accident carefully to protect yourself and build a strong case.