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08/29

2 Common Types of Bad Weather in the Desert and the Havoc They Cause on the Roads

Posted by: Jack Bernstein

las_vegas_duststormLiving in Las Vegas means that we have no choice but to grow accustomed to living in the desert.  While most of us enjoy the heat that the desert brings and the pleasant temperatures that arrive during the winter months, extreme heat is by far the most common weather-related challenge that we have to adjust to in the course of our daily lives.  Simply put, there are not many things that can go wrong with the weather in the desert, and for many of us that is reassuring when comparing our climate to places in the United States where almost anything can happen at any time.

One of the reasons that we feel reassured by a relative level of consistency with our weather is because it makes driving almost any type of vehicle much easier than plowing through snow or dealing with heavy thunderstorms.  However, that doesn’t mean that difficult driving conditions don’t ever arise as we found out recently when a rainy Sunday led to dozens of Las Vegas car accidents.  Below are two different types of bad weather that can arise in the desert and how they make driving vehicles extremely difficult.

  1. Heavy Rain

The recent rainstorms that hit the Las Vegas area turned the roads in the area into a terrible mess.  Rain in the desert can lead to serious problems on the roads for several reasons.  When pavement is not used to moisture and it does not get wet for long periods of time, oil can accumulate on this surface.  When a large amount of water is suddenly added to this oil, the pavement can become extremely slippery to the point where it is almost like driving on ice.

In addition to the slippery roads, running water can appear very quickly in the desert.  This water will rush across the pavement and increase the likelihood of hydroplaning.  That’s because the ground here is not equipped to absorb a lot of water, and when a large amount suddenly falls that water needs to go somewhere.

  1. High Winds

We have all experienced the winds that can whip through the desert at one time or another.  These winds clearly create problems on the roads, and one of the reasons is the lack of clarity that it creates in terms of the visibility levels for drivers.  When high winds combine with the sand of the desert, enormous dust storms can erupt.

These dust storms not only all but remove the ability to see anything that’s happening on the road, but they also are powerful enough to push vehicles around to the point where movements become unpredictable.  The combination of low visibility and vehicles making sudden and involuntary movements is one that is extremely dangerous.

Despite the difficulties that bad weather in the desert presents for drivers, motorists are still expected to adhere to reasonable performance standards.  If you have been injured by a negligent driver in any type of weather, contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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