Summer’s driving rains give your garden a healthy drink, but water on the road can be treacherous if you’re not paying close attention. Each year, hundreds of drivers lose control on slick Nebraska roads. Hydroplaning happens when the water in front of your tires builds up quickly, and your car’s weight can’t push it out of the way fast enough. “The water pressure actually makes your car rise up and slide on that thin layer of water. It’s very important not to panic if this happens,” said Omaha accident attorney Richard Rensch.
 
Rensch and his son and law partner Sean Rensch have seen numerous accident cases like this during their years of practicing law in Nebraska. “When your car is hydroplaning, you have no control over steering. It’s extremely nerve-wracking and dangerous,” said Richard. Hydroplaning can happen in water which is a half inch deep or less. The two cite the National Safety Council’s tips for steering clear of accidents in rain storms. “Tire inflation is a big deal. Your tires need to be properly inflated. And you have to have decent tire tread to get a grip on the road. Don’t put off replacing worn tires,” said Sean Rensch. Speed and the amount of water on the road are also major factors in hydroplaning. From the driver’s seat, you can’t tell how deep a puddle might be. Driving experts urge drivers to never venture through standing water. Adjust your speed when the roads are wet and try to drive in the tire tracks left by cars in front of you. Heavy rain can cause decreased visibility for drivers, which then impedes their ability detect hazardous road conditions. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that adverse weather is associated with 800,000 motor vehicle related injuries and more than 7,000 fatalities each year. “If you find yourself hydroplaning, don’t brake or swerve suddenly. Ease your foot off the gas pedal until your car slows and you can feel the road again. If you must brake, do so with light pumping action—unless you have anti-lock brakes, then brake normally,” Sean Rensch continued. For more wet weather driving tips, click here http://www.dmvclinic.com/fw_01.html. Be a defensive driver and take your time on the road in all types of weather. For a quick video tutorial about hydroplaning, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdwuftIUwYY.
 
Rensch & Rensch Law has a combined 45 years of experience in Richard and Sean Rensch fighting for the rights of injured Nebraskans and Iowans. To learn about the possibility of seeking compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses if you or a member of your family has been hurt in a Nebraska car accident, talk about the situation with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.

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