While nicknamed the “Sunshine State,” Florida also maintains a reputation for downpours. Rainy weather could make driving in Florida dangerous since visibility may decrease while the roads become slippery. Individuals may purchase better tires and drive more carefully to deal with road conditions, but can these measures improve visibility? Driving with the hazard lights on, when legally allowed to do so, may be one solution.
Florida has a new rule for hazard lights
Using hazard lights in the rain wasn’t always legal in Florida, but the rules have changed. Governor Ron DeSantis signed a transportation bill that affected hazard light rules. Essentially, under certain rainy conditions, drivers may use flashing hazard lights on specified roads.
The rule change involves roads with speed limits of 55 miles per hour and higher. The statute also allows the use of hazard lights when visibility suffers from fog or smoke. Drivers may benefit from reading published versions of the bill to learn the specifics.
The hazards of driving in the rain
Lights could help reduce the chances of an accident, and not only the hazard lights support can help. Head beams illuminate the road, but only if they are in proper working order. If a bulb or fuse blows, and the lights don’t work, a person takes tremendous risks driving such a vehicle on the streets.
Driving in the rain also requires responsible behavior. When the roads are slick, and visibility is limited, speeding, tailgating, continually passing other vehicles and other dangerous behavior could lead to a crash.
Anyone who contributes to any negligence that causes a collision may face a liability claim. Moving violations and operating a poorly maintained car reflect two common causes of auto accidents.
A meeting with a personal injury attorney could help an accident victim understand his or her options. A lawyer may discuss plans to bring a lawsuit forward or discuss settlement steps with an insurance company.