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Storm causes spate of crashes in Southern California

The torrential rains that hit Southern California last weekend caused all kinds of havoc, from power outages to mudslides to flooded streets. In addition, numerous auto accidents were attributed to the storm.

The worst storm in a decade made driving on rain-soaked roads treacherous. According to the California Highway Patrol, between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. last Friday, there were 147 motor vehicle crashes in Los Angeles County. The number of accidents the previous Friday was only 40.

When the weather makes driving hazardous, it's best to stay off the roads until conditions improve. If that isn't an option, drivers need to take extra care. Heavy rain reduces visibility and wet roads can cause drivers to lose control, especially when navigating curves. Reducing speed is critical during and after heavy rain storms.

The weather alone cannot be blamed for every accident that happens in a rain storm. When drivers go too fast for weather or road conditions, they are negligent. Negligence simply means a failure to exercise the level of care that a reasonable person would exercise under similar conditions. If a negligent driver causes a car accident, he or she can be held liable for any resulting damages.

Someone who suffers serious injury due to a negligent driver in California has the right to bring a civil lawsuit against that driver and recover damages. Recoverable damages include medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. An experienced Southern California personal injury attorney can help an injured victim recover the compensation that he or she needs to get his or her life back on track.

Source: NBC News, "Rescues, Crashes, and a Tornado as 'Pineapple Express' Hits California," Hallie Jackson and Alexander Smith, Dec. 12, 2014

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