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car accident lawyerRecent heavy rains in and around the Los Angeles area made traveling on area roads a very dangerous endeavor. Various law enforcement agencies responded to nearly 200 auto accidents on a very rainy Wednesday recently, including at least two accidents that involved large semi trucks. Between midnight and 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, the California Highway Patrol responded to 186 auto accidents on freeways in Los Angeles County alone.

CHP officers responding to and investigating all the auto accidents said that excessive speeds on wet roads led to the vast majority of the accidents.

“The most important thing to do is slow down,” said CHP Officer Miguel Luevano. “Increase that following distance-in case something does happen in front of you, you have enough space to stop and you’re going at a speed that allows you to stop safely without being in an accident yourself.”

CHP officials stressed the importance of the following driving tips whether roads were wet or not:

  • Slow down and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you
  • Leave early and plan for heavy Southern California traffic
  • Stay aware of weather and road conditions
  • Check windshield wipers regularly and replace if worn
  • Turn headlights on any time it rains

These and other driving tips are a good way to prevent yourself from causing an auto accident, but we share the road with reckless and negligent drivers every day who can change the course of a driver and passengers life in a moment. If a negligent driver injured you or killed someone you cared for, Los Angeles auto accident attorney Samer Habbas may be able to help you receive the fair and just compensation you and your family deserve.