Rainy Conditions Lead To Traffic Accidents

Wet weather has turned East Texas highways dangerous, and emergency personnel know rain makes their jobs tougher. EMS Regional Director Bobby Saunders knows what's coming.

"When it first starts to rain," Saunders said, "We have quite a few more accidents than when it's dry or sunny outside. We know as soon as it starts to rain to get go ahead and get prepared, that usually we have quite a few more accidents."

According to DPS, they have worked 85 wrecks in the past week. That's 85 separate incidents in a seven day period in Smith County, and they say the weather had a lot to do with their busy week. They advise drivers to adjust their driving.

1) Pay attention. On slick roads, you are even more succeptible to the drivers around you.

2) Increase the distance between you and other cars. Saunders advises people to "slow down and give people more distance following. Instead of a 3 second rule, make it a 6 second rule when it's raining because someone goes off the road, you won't know how to respond."

3) If you're in unfamiliar territory, slow down. Allow yourself time to judge the situation.

4) Watch your speed on the road and be aware of the conditions. You might not know, but you can be ticketed for driving within the speed limit in bad conditions. It's called unsafe speed.

Even a small amount of rain can bring oil to the roadway surface, and make highways very dangerous.