Arizona has a “stupid motorist” law regarding driving in flooded areas. The law states that if a driver enters a public street or highway that is barricaded because of flooding or rising water and become stranded, that driver could be held liable for any expenses incurred by emergency personnel if the driver and/or passengers must be rescued from the vehicle. Even though the law is in effect throughout Arizona, many drivers ignore the law. Drivers who choose to ignore the “stupid motorist” law can be fined up to $2,000 for actual costs of a rescue. In some cases, the driver could face up to $50,000 for a rescue.
Louisiana drivers do not need to worry about a stupid motorist law; however, they do need to be concerned about driving during heavy rains. Many parts of Louisiana are prone to flooding during periods of rain making it hazardous for drivers.
How to Avoid Car Accidents in Heavy Rain
If you live in New Orleans, you understand how quickly areas can flood during heavy rain. In fact, an area can flood quickly even in a typical rain storm. Driving in heavy rain and inclement weather is a common cause of many car accidents. As we continue through the summer and we endure rainstorms throughout Louisiana, it is a good idea to keep the following safety tips in mind when driving in rainy weather.
- Reduce Speed – When driving in rain, you should reduce your speed to avoid losing control on slick roads. Going slower reduces your risk of hydroplaning.
- Never Use Cruise Control – If you use cruise control while it is raining and you hydroplane, the automatic acceleration feature could cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
- Turn on Your Headlights – Turning on your headlights allows other drivers to see you through the rain. Keep your lights on low beam while driving in rain or inclement weather.
- Avoid Flooded Roads – If you cannot see markings on the road, the road may be too dangerous for driving. You can lose control of your vehicle in as little as three inches of water. Most vehicles can be swept off the road by as little as 12 inches of moving water. Pay attention to barricades and warnings!
- Avoid Distractions – Distracted driving is dangerous in any conditions but especially in heavy rain. Avoid distractions so that you can focus completely on the road ahead of you.
- Wait Until the Water Clears – If you do not need to drive during heavy rains, stay where you are until the rain stops and the roads are safer for driving.
- Increase Space Between Vehicles – Leave yourself more space between you and the vehicle in front of you. An extra few seconds can give you the time you need to react to traffic when driving in rain.
What Should You Do After a NoLA Car Accident?
If you have been injured in a New Orleans car accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation from the other driver. Contact the NoLA car accident attorneys at The Olinde Firm for a free case evaluation. Contact our office at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule a free consultation.