Poor weather conditions, such as rain, snow, storms, and fog, cause slippery roads and highways. However, there does not need to be an excessive amount of water for a vehicle to hydroplane. Hydroplaning can also occur on icy roads.
One of the most common causes of these accidents is the quality and condition of tires. Generally, good tire tread is necessary to maintain control of a vehicle. As a result, poor tire tread increases the likelihood of hydroplaning. Poor tire pressure is another cause of these accidents.
Drains for roads are necessary to prevent the build up of water. Blocked or defective drains can cause or contribute to hydroplaning. An inadequate number of drains is another cause. Additionally, poor road maintenance can cause these accidents. Ruts, large potholes, and ridges in the roads or highways allow excessive water to pool. The failure to fix these road conditions contributes to hydroplaning.
The law requires drivers to exercise care when driving so as to prevent harm to other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. As a result, drivers must drive slowly when roads are slick after raining or snowing. Speeding increases the likelihood that a vehicle will hydroplane and collide with another vehicle or object.