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Wind and car accident risks

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Car Accidents

To some people, wind may seem harmless. However, it can actually pose a significant risk to drivers and increase the likelihood of car accidents.

It is important for drivers and other road users to understand how wind can cause car accidents.

Visibility and stability

One of the ways in which wind can lead to car accidents is by reducing visibility on the road. Strong gusts of wind can kick up dust, debris or even snow, creating poor visibility for drivers. This reduced visibility can make it difficult to see other vehicles, pedestrians or road signs, increasing the risk of collisions.

Wind can also affect the stability of a vehicle, especially if one is driving a high-profile vehicle such as a truck, RV or SUV. Crosswinds can push against the side of the vehicle, causing it to sway or even veer out of the lane. This sudden movement can startle drivers and make it challenging to maintain control of the vehicle, potentially leading to accidents.

Gusts and debris

Wind gusts can come from different directions and change rapidly, catching drivers off guard. This can be particularly dangerous when driving on highways or open roads where wind speeds can be stronger. Drivers may struggle to adjust their steering and speed in response to sudden changes in wind direction, increasing the risk of losing control of the vehicle. Strong winds can also blow debris onto the road, such as branches, trash or even large objects. Drivers may not have enough time to react to these hazards, especially if they are driving at higher speeds.

The Federal Highway Administration says that inclement weather is involved in roughly 21% of all traffic accidents. By remembering the potential dangers of wind while driving and taking precautions, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road.