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02/10

Record Rainfall Causes Commuter Confusion

Posted by: Jack Bernstein

Near record-breaking rainfall on Friday measured at McCarran International Airport led to slick roads that interfered with commuters and resulted in several crashes, according to recent reports.

The last time 0.17 inches fell on one day was in 1986, according to meteorologist Chris Stachelski. Even after the front that produced the record rainfall moved out of the valley, areas were still reporting on-and-off rain, causing wet roads throughout Las Vegas. Areas of Henderson reported almost 0.3 inches.

Rainfall Leads to Crashes

When rainfall increases to near record amounts in areas that rarely see precipitation, slick roads and automobile crashes also increase. The Nevada Highway Patrol reported at least 30 different accidents on Southern Nevada Highways between rush hour and noon. Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson gave commuters advice when traveling under rainy conditions where traffic is heavy: “Slow down.”

At noon, traffic was still crawling around a semi-trailer that had jack-knifed on the eastbound 215 Beltway off-ramp connecting to U.S. Highway 95. Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved in the accident and no injuries were reported from that crash. Also on U.S. Highway 95, southbound traffic was blocked near Cheyenne Avenue after a two-vehicle wreck blocked the road. It is unclear if there were injuries from that accident.

In yet another crash that morning, a semi-trailer jackknifed and was hit by a second semi that was hauling approximately 10 gallons of diesel fuel. The Regional Transportation Commission reported that the incident occurred on the southbound airport connector going toward the 215 Beltway loop ramp. At one point, all lanes of traffic were blocked due to this crash.

Liability In Wet Weather

Establishing liability during poor weather conditions can be difficult, so it is important to gather all the facts of the accident before making a claim. In many cases, showing that a driver was negligent hinges on showing that he or she was driving too fast for conditions, failed to yield at a traffic signal or committed some other infraction of traffic rules that led to the crash. If this is the case, bad weather is not an excuse for causing an accident.

What To Do If You Are Involved In An Automobile Accident

If you find yourself injured due to the careless actions of another driver, such as speeding during rainy conditions, contact the attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. Our expert litigators know that the last thing a client needs is additional stress after being injured in an automobile accident. Our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys will fight for your legal rights. Call us today for a free consultation.

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