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How various weather events can impact traffic

The Road Weather Management Program studies the way that weather events impact traffic and the condition of roadways all over the country. While snow and ice aren't typically issues for those in Florida -- though it does very occasionally snow, even in the Sunshine State -- there are still plenty of events that can cause problems and even lead to accidents.

For example, wind speed can be an issue. High winds can even push smaller vehicles, but you don't need hurricane-force gusts to throw debris into the road or blow things off the back of trucks. This can obstruct lanes and in some cases impact visibility.

Of course, rain and fog can be a huge issue. Fog can suddenly cut visibility back to nothing. It's also problematic because drivers in the fog tend to slow down -- understandably, since they can't see -- and then they may be hit by faster cars coming up behind them.

Rain can also reduce visibility, it can create slick roads, and it can be a huge issue at night when it causes a lot of glare on the windshield. The worst issue with the rain, though, is when it puddles and cars can hydroplane. This is very similar to driving on ice, and drivers may lose all control over speed and direction. Even hydroplaning for no more than a second can cause an accident, especially for those who are unprepared and inexperienced.

When other drivers cause accidents that are also influenced by the weather -- driving too fast for conditions, for example -- you may have a right to compensation if you're injured. When medical bills are stacking up and you can't work, it's critical to know how to get that compensation quickly.

Source: Road Weather Management Program, "How Do Weather Events Impact Roads?," accessed Nov. 08, 2016

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