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Avoiding the dangers of hydroplaning

When heavy rains fall in Montana, drivers run the risk of hydroplaning. This occurs when the tires of a car encounter more water beneath them than they can handle, creating a thin layer of water between the tires and the street. The tires will therefore be floating above the road. The loss of traction can cause the car to slide or skid uncontrollably, crashing if the driver reacts in the wrong way.

The first 10 minutes of rainfall can actually be the most dangerous period for hydroplaning. That's because the initial rain will mix with oil residues on the road without having the chance to wash them all away. Still, drivers should be cautious around all wet roads at all times. Driving slowly and avoiding large puddles usually helps drivers avoid hydroplaning.

Since even careful drivers can fall victim to hydroplaning, it's important to follow a few tips. First of all, drivers must never apply the brakes when hydroplaning as this can cause a car to lose more control. They must turn into the sliding -- the direction that the car's rear is heading. Drivers should continue turning until the car realigns itself with the road and they regain control. If necessary, they can then pull over to assess any damage.

Even in rain, drivers can be negligent. When it's clear that negligence is behind a motor vehicle accident, a victim may be able to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver's auto insurance company. With a lawyer, a victim could strive for the maximum settlement, sidestepping the aggressive tactics of the insurance company. The lawyer could prepare for litigation as a last resort.

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