As residents of Southern California, few of us are strangers to automobile accidents. At Simmrin Law, we know that whenever an accident occurs, the cause can depend on a number of factors. Rarely, however, does weather pose an issue for drivers in our region. In Southern Californians, we regularly enjoy some of the best weather in the whole country.
According to a story which was reported on the ABC.com website, however, the weather definitely played a role in a record number of crashes occurring in a very short period of time this past fall. The California Highway Patrol reported that on that day, it received a record number of accidents within just a four hour period.
On Thursday, November 29th, 2018, the CHP said that there were 365 reported accidents along Southern California’s freeway system between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. That’s one accident for each day of the year! Just the day before when the weather was clear, the CHP said that there were only 93 reported accidents along the freeway system during those same hours.
The accidents occurred of low speeds of approximately 10 mph during the morning rush hour. California Highway Patrol believes that a storm system which brought heavy rain, cooler temperatures, and Santa Ana-like wind gusts may have made driving conditions hazardous that day for Southern California motorists.