Hydroplaning is a common hazard whenever it rains in New York. Drivers probably know the basics behind it: a thin layer of water, pushed under by the pressure in the front of the vehicle's tires, develops under the tires and causes the vehicle to float above the road. The thicker that layer becomes, the more the tires lose their traction and increase the risk for uncontrollable skidding and sliding.
Cautious driving will usually prevent hydroplaning. Drivers should slow down and avoid large puddles. They must also exercise greater caution in the first 10 minutes of rainfall as this is the time when the water mixes with the oily residue on the road and forms a slippery surface. Later, the water will wash away most of the residue.
When hydroplaning cannot be avoided, drivers must keep the following tips in mind. First, they are not to apply the brakes as this will only make the car lose more control. Second, they are to turn in the same direction that the rear of their car is heading. If they do so without oversteering, the car will realign itself. Once it does, drivers can regain control and pull over for a breather or for an assessment of any damage incurred.
Negligent drivers who hydroplane may not follow the above tips. When such drivers cause car accidents, the other side may be able to recover damages with a third-party insurance claim. This is where legal representation may come in.
Accident attorneys may be able to build up a case with the help of accident investigators and reconstruction experts. Medical professionals might also measure the extent of the accident-related injuries. Attorneys may then proceed to negotiations with the defendant's auto insurance company, litigating if a settlement is denied.