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How to drive safely in West Virginia when the rain begins to pour

If you live in the state of West Virginia, you're well aware of the fact that strong storms hit the area every now and again.

During the summer months, it's not uncommon for a thunderstorm to move through your area. If this happens while you are behind the wheel, it's important that you understand the steps you can take to remain safe.

Here are some of the many things you should do:

  • Slow down. Even if you are in a hurry to reach your destination, you need to slow down as to avoid an accident. Driving fast in heavy rain is a recipe for disaster.
  • Leave more space. Don't drive too close to other vehicles, as this increases the chance of an accident. Instead, keep your distance at all times.
  • Use your headlights. Not only does this allow you to more easily see the road ahead, but it also helps other drivers see your vehicle.

If the rain is too heavy for you to see the road, the best thing you can do is pull over. This will definitely slow you down, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

If another driver acts in a negligent manner during a storm, such as by driving too fast, you could be involved in an accident. In this case, stay where you are and call for help.

Once you receive treatment, you can learn more about your legal rights and if you are able to seek compensation from the negligent party. You may find that you're able to do just that.

Source: Travelers, "How to Drive Safely in Strong Wind and Rain," accessed July 25, 2017

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