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Snow and rain cause deadly crashes in Colorado

Fall weather means that the days are cooler, but there is also a chance of mist and rain. Some people don't realize this, but rain is actually a deadlier driving hazard than ice or snow.

Around 7,000 people die in this country each year because of weather-related traffic crashes. In 39 states, rain is responsible for more fatalities during car crashes than snow. Colorado was one of the states in which snow caused more fatal crashes than rain.

While rain is the deadliest weather-related fatal car crash condition, it isn't the cause of the majority of fatal crashes. Drunk driving, speeding and reckless driving are all responsible for more fatalities.

Many people don't realize that rain is a big hazard for drivers. The issue is even more pronounced when it hasn't rained in awhile because oil residue from vehicles builds up. When the rain does begin to fall, that residue can get very slick. This can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle. While it is raining, drivers also have to deal with reduced visibility.

Drivers should take extra care to remain safe when it is raining. Remember that the posted speed limit is the maximum speed you should go when the weather is clear. If the weather is nice, you can drive slower, even if it makes other drivers tense. Safety should always be a priority.

If you are injured in a car crash, the conditions at the time when it occurred might come up if you seek compensation for the damages that you suffered because of the crash.

Source: USA Today, "Surprise: Rain is the deadliest weather driving hazard," Doyle Rice, accessed Oct. 12, 2017

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