Recently, Southern California has received some much-needed rainfall. While this is good for our environment, it hasn’t been great for many San Fernando Valley drivers, who are not used to driving in the rain. Take, for example, the case of a local driver who crashed into a Burbank Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Tuesday morning after losing control of her vehicle on the wet roads. The coffee shop was full of customers, but thankfully, no one was injured.
Rainy Weather Car Accident Statistics
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are over 5,870,000 vehicle crashes each year across the country. 23% of these crashes – more than 1.3 million – are weather-related. The FHA defines weather-related crashes as “crashes that occur in adverse weather (i.e., rain, sleet, snow, fog, severe crosswinds, or blowing snow/sand/debris) or on slick pavement (i.e., wet pavement, snowy/slushy pavement, or icy pavement).” On average, 6,250 people are killed and over 480,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes each year.