Temperatures begin to climb and flowers begin to bloom during the early spring in Portland, making it a good time to get out of the house after a long winter to explore local scenery and events. As the rainy season in our area typically lasts until May, you may want to pack your umbrella before heading out, just in case.
Rain is something most Portland residents are used to and it does not prevent them from engaging in their favorite activities. At the same time, it is important to use caution as wet weather conditions can lead to an overall increase in accidents and injuries. The following outlines some of the potential dangers, as well as steps you can take to protect yourself during the rainy season.
Wet Weather Car Accidents and Injuries
While car accidents and injuries are generally caused by reckless driving behaviors such as speeding, driving under the influence, and distracted driving, weather conditions are often a contributing factor. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reports that of the close to six million car accidents that occur each year in the U.S., weather is a factor in as many as 22 percent.
Rain and wet pavement wreak havoc for drivers and are responsible for the majority of weather-related traffic accidents. The effects that wet weather can have on drivers include:
- Decreased visibility;
- Poor road traction;
- Reduced vehicle performance;
- Increased likelihood of road and traffic obstructions.
Any of the above can result in serious and potentially fatal injuries, including damage to internal organs, fractured vertebrae and damage to the spinal cord, whiplash, and traumatic brain injuries. You can help to avoid these types of accidents and injuries by reducing your speed, braking well in advance, and allowing plenty of space between you and other vehicles.
Slips, Trips, and Falls Due To Wet Weather
In addition to car accidents, wet, rainy weather can make slip, trip, and fall accidents more likely as well. The University of California at Irvine reports that these types of accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries at home, work, and in public places. Injuries suffered as the result of even a minor slip and fall can be potentially disabling, and include the following:
- Muscle and tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
- Broken bones and dislocated joints;
- Damage to vertebrae or ruptured discs in the back;
- Injuries to the head and neck, including concussions.
UCI advises that you can protect yourself against these types of injuries by wearing non-slip shoes, using caution at exits and entrances where puddles often accumulate, and using handrails on walkways and stairs.
Let Us Help You with Your Case
If you are injured as the result of a car accident or due to a slip and fall, contact our experienced Portland personal injury attorneys today. At the Johnston Law Firm, we can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable for the damage you have suffered, so that you can get the compensation you need to recover.