Hydroplaning, Was it Caused by a Road Defect?

It all happens in seconds, one second you are in control of your vehicle just driving down the road and the next you are losing control. You are slipping ans sliddign on the road and your tries and not gripping the pavement. Before you know what happned you careen into the guardrail or even off the road.  Or, worse yet, you crash into another vehicle.

Hydroplaning, which happens when your tires are separated from the road surface by a layer of water, can be caused by excessive speed or poor tire tread; however, in many cases, it is caused by something completely out of the driver’s control – road defects.

Common road defects that can lead to hydroplaning include:

  • Improperly designed roadways.
  • Lack of appropriate warning signs.
  • Insufficient cross slope (the slope from the middle of the road to the side of the road which helps prevent pooling of water).
  • Poor road maintenance.

If you suffer a hydroplaning accident that you feel was caused by a road defect it is important for you to contact a personal injury attorney who has the experience to guide you through a possible claim.


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