With fifty five crashes instantly brought on by rain, Oregon ranked fifth among the many most harmful states for driving within the rain in 2016.
Final yr, Oregonians had a 1.37 per one hundred,000 probability of being in a crash particularly tied to wet circumstances, based on a just lately launched Greatest and Worst States for Driving in Dangerous Climate report by safety supplier SafeWise.
Nevertheless it’s not as a result of it rains extra right here.
In reality, dwelling in a wet state does not essentially make driving extra harmful, in line with the report. The rainiest state, Hawaii, solely ranked thirty ninth on probably the most harmful record.
“Individuals assume extra rainfall equals extra accidents,” stated Rebecca Edwards, the report’s writer. “That is false. Any rain on the street can create pooling — whether or not it is 2 inches or 12 inches of rain.”
The report, which measured crashes instantly brought on by rain per capita, listed Arkansas, adopted by Mississippi, Kentucky and Alaska as probably the most harmful states for rain driving. Oregon rounded out the highest 5.
Nevada, South Dakota, Colorado and Arizona have been thought-about to be the most secure states for driving within the rain.
Most of the states topping probably the most harmful listing are southern states with reputations for moist climate and thunderstorms, however solely two of probably the most harmful states for rain driving — Alabama and Mississippi — are additionally within the prime 5 states with probably the most rainfall.
Oregon didn’t rank amongst states with probably the most rainfall, topped by Hawaii with greater than sixty three inches a yr.
However then, precipitation varies wildly throughout Oregon. Some areas within the Coast Vary obtain virtually 200 inches of rain a yr, whereas spots in Japanese Oregon report as little as 5 inches.
No matter the place they occur, climate-associated crashes have a big dying toll. In 2016, greater than 2,800 individuals died resulting from icy, moist and snowy roads, report authors stated.
Wyoming, Vermont, Montana and Idaho topped SafeWise’s record of probably the most harmful states for snow driving.
Much more fatalities happen in wet circumstances than in snowy climate, in accordance with the report. About 2,370 individuals died in wet-day crashes in 2016. The identical yr, 482 snow-associated visitors fatalities have been reported.
Consciousness is vital in making an attempt to stop these kind of deaths, stated Sage Singleton, a group security professional with SafeWise.
“Individuals might not understand simply how harmful driving within the rain might be,” Singleton stated. “If individuals are driving…