Omaha Hydroplaning Accident Lawyer


The United States Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has stated that weather related accidents caused over 673,000 injuries and 7,400 fatalities across the United States in 2010. Furthermore, nearly 75 percent of these accidents were caused on wet pavement, which may be attributed to hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning is caused when a thin layer of water is built up between the roadway and your vehicles tires. This buildup caused your tires to lose traction as the vehicle is essentially floating on top of the water. This may prevent your vehicle from stopping, changing speeds, turning, and other maneuvering abilities.

When hydroplaning is caused by the negligent actions of a driver, and results in an accident with another object or vehicle, which results in injuries to any occupants or pedestrians, the driver of the vehicle may be held liable for the accident. Our Nebraska car accident attorneys have great sympathy for all injured victims of accidents and are prepared to seek the justice you deserve today.
For more information, we welcome you to call us at 1-877-537-4665 or complete the Free Case Evaluation form on this page today.

Contributing Factors to Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is most common during the first ten minutes of rainfall, and to vehicles traveling over 35 miles per hour. Of course, there are several contributing factors which may cause hydroplaning. As responsible members of our community, our lawyers have gathered some contributing factors in order to increase awareness on the dangers of hydroplaning.

Some causes of hydroplaning include:

  • Low tread depth
  • Speed of travel
  • Type of roadway
  • Type of tires
  • Under inflation of tires
  • Water depth

After recognizing the contributing factors of hydroplaning, there are several ways to spot hydroplaning, which can be used to avoid hydroplaning from occurring to your vehicle.

Spotting Hydroplaning

There are several things a driver can do to spot hydroplaning on their vehicles. By recognizing when hydroplaning is occurring, drivers can prevent accidents by increasing their safety and the safety of those in the surrounding areas.

Some ways of spotting hydroplaning include:

  • Feeling of loose steering
  • Increasing RPMs
  • Lack of tire tracks behind vehicle
  • Steering wheel may wiggle
  • Vehicle skids around curves

If you experience any of the above signs of hydroplaning, there are several things drivers can do in order to recover.

Avoiding Hydroplaning

Since your vehicle is riding on top of the water, there are several things that a driver must do in order to regain traction of the roadway. There are also some things to avoid which could make the hydroplaning worse than it already is.

Some ways to avoid hydroplaning include:

  • Do not make any sudden moves
  • Do not slam on the brakes
  • Eliminate distractions
  • Listen to your vehicle
  • Maintain your tires
  • Never use cruise control in bad weather conditions
  • Practice defensive driving
  • Slow down

It is possible that you may be able to avoid hydroplaning; however other drivers across our Nebraska roadways may not. These drivers are responsible for a large number of accidents and injuries each year. If you have been injured due to a negligent driver, it is advised to contact an experienced lawyer today.

Contact an Experienced Nebraska Hydroplaning Accident Lawyer Today

At Inkelaar Law, our attorneys believe that if you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligent action of another individual or entity, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and damages.

With locations in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, our team of attorneys is able to serve clients throughout the state. Some of the locations we are able to serve include, but are not limited to:

  • Alliance
  • Chadron
  • Columbia
  • Fremont
  • Grand Island
  • Norfolk
  • North Platte
  • Scottsbluff
  • Sidney

If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, our attorneys may be able to assist you in obtaining compensation for your losses and damages. Call us today at 1-877-537-4665 or complete the “Free Case Evaluation” form located to the upper right of this screen.