Get legal representation when a negligent driver causes an auto accident during a Phoenix-area Monsoon microburst or haboob.
In Arizona, the Monsoon season usually begins around mid-June and goes through the end of September. It is a part of a climatic change where moisture drafts push upward from the Mexico/California region towards the state of Arizona. These storms often come with heavy winds, frequent lightning and thunder, walls of dust, and heavy bursts of rain (called microbursts). While some storms are minor and do not cause unsafe road conditions, others can be violent and reduce drivers’ visibility rather significantly. Haboobs (walls of dust) and microbursts are just some of the effects of a strong storm cell during the monsoon season in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Most Arizona motorists are not used to driving in the rain or dust. This means there is often an uptick of negligent drivers during the monsoon season due to panic or lack of adjustment to the weather conditions. Here are some monsoon-related safety tips to heed.
How Should Arizona Motorists Drive in Haboob or Heavy Dust Conditions?
It is advised that whenever motorists may drive into a wall of dust, they should reduce their speed, put on their low-beams, and exercise caution. In severe cases where visibility is severely limited, drivers should safely and carefully pull off to the right side of the road and wait out the storm. Not everyone is respectful of this, however, and some haphazardly carry on in their journey at the risk of causing severe auto-accidents. If another motorist causes a dust storm-related accident, they can be held liable due to unsafe negligence.
How Should Drivers React to Microbursts in the Phoenix Metro Area?
Whenever a driver encounters a heavy burst of rain it can reduce visibility and quickly flood areas. If heavy rains occur when driving in congested traffic, slow your speed, leave more space between you and the car ahead of you, turn on your low-beams, and safely find a place to stop if needed to wait out the storm. Microbursts are often strong for short periods of time, so it’s important to avoid areas that are prone to flash flooding. The Arizona Department of Transportation encourages these drivers to turn around and take an alternative route. Continuing to go through any flooded zones can cause engines to stall and drivers can end up stranded in emergency situations. Those who haphazardly drive into flooded areas and require rescue will need to pay extra fines associated with Arizona’s Stupid Motorist Law (ARS 28-910).
Car crashes are not the only type of accidents that can occur during the monsoon season. ”Acts of God” can cause severe home and property damage from fallen tree limbs, telephone poles and other objects subject to the heavy winds and microbursts. If at home, work, school, or any other building, stay away from windows to avoid being injured by wind-blown objects, broken glass or lightning. Legally speaking, if you know there is a severe thunderstorm and you do not take safety precautions, you may not have an injury claim to pursue with your auto insurance company. Our lawyers can help you discern your rights and injury case probability.
Other Monsoon Driving & Safety Tips to Consider:
- During the monsoon season, avoid parking under a tree, utility pole or any other loose parking shade structures. Heavy winds can damage any of these, causing them to fall and inflict damage on your vehicle or person.
- Hydroplaning is a real driving risk even in the lightest of rains. Keep on top of your tire maintenance, including air pressure and replacing tires with low tread. Try this tire tread test to see if they need to be replaced.
- Do not panic if an electrical line falls on your vehicle. Call the safety authorities and follow their instructions on how to exit the car safely.
- Drive extra defensively at night during monsoon season. If you are aware that there is a storm nearby or along your destination, follow all caution signs and be prepared to drive slower than normal. This tip is true for both daytime and evening drivers.
Skousen, Gulbrandsen, & Patience law firm encourages all Mesa- and Phoenix-area drivers to be prepared to adjust their driving habits during the monsoon season. If you or a loved one was in an auto-accident due to the negligence of another, contact us for your free legal consultation. We are here to provide you legal counsel and will fight for your rights. Whenever you work with any of SGP Law’s auto-accident lawyers, we will not request payment until you win your case. Get started today!