North Texans on Tuesday witnessed heavy rains that caused many accidents. Matt Zavadsky, a spokesman for MedStar, noted that MedStar responded to a total of 64 car wrecks involving injuries between noon and 7:30 in the evening. To put it into perspective, that is the equivalent of over 8 wrecks occurring per hour.
It is important to note that the 64-wreck figure only includes those responded by MedStar. Other accidents requiring other emergency medical services occurred, not to mention accidents that did not require them. As a result, there may actually be well over 64 car accidents that occurred in the Fort Worth alone throughout the day on Tuesday.
A Seven-Vehicle Wreck and More
Just to include a sample of the accidents that took place on Tuesday, these included:
- A seven-car accident that took place on I-35 West and Allen Avenue after 1:00 p.m.
- An individual that died in an accident at the Meadowbrook Drive section of Loop 820 shortly after 1:00 p.m.
- An officer from the Fort Worth Police Department that withstood minor injuries in a car accident at Saginaw Boulevard
A meteorologist from the National Weather Service issued a warning for Fort Worth to stay safe amidst the rainy conditions in the area. It is also advised for people to take flash flood warning seriously. Drivers must be especially alert when flash flood warnings take place in order to prepare for their commute, be aware that they need to brake on time, and avoid any type of maneuver that can lead to hydroplaning.
What Makes Rain Dangerous?
With all of these car accidents taking place it is understandable to ask, why does rain make road conditions dangerous? In reality it isn’t rain by itself that makes driving dangerous. There are several factors that can contribute to a car accident when roads are wet. One of these factors is oil and grease. Although roads may seem like they are completely dry, there are really filled with oil and grease that have dropped from vehicles. When it rains, these oils mix with the water and create a soap-like texture on the road’s surface. Imagine trying to run on a road filled with soap. Quite slippery, right? The same concept applies to cars. When vehicles are on the move and suddenly stop, sometimes the soapy material on the road can cause their tires to not grip onto the road immediately, which may be enough time for a wreck to occur.
Another factor is that drivers do not take appropriate safety measures when it is raining. Drivers should reduce their speeds, make sure their head lights and tail lights are on, use their turn signals, and not follow to close behind cars in traffic. Doing the opposite, such as speeding and driving too close to a vehicle, can lead to an unwanted car accident.
What safety tips would you give another driver so they can drive safely when it’s raining outside? Let us know in the comments below and remember, drive safely.