Hurricane Season and Car Accidents
Car Accident Statistics during Virginia Hurricane Season
June 1 - November 30
In Virginia, hurricane season extends from June 1 to November 30.
Virginia’s 2018 hurricane activity was approximately 120% of an average hurricane season, According to a report from the Virginia Department of Health.
On average, a typical hurricane season in Virginia produces six hurricanes.
The highest number of hurricanes and tropical storms typically occurs in September.
1.2 million vehicle
Roughly 1.2 million vehicle crashes per year are related to inclement weather, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
injured and killed
In those crashes, over 418,000 people are injured, and nearly 5,000 people are killed.
The overwhelming majority of crashes take
place on wet pavement during rainfall.
70% of crashes take place on wet pavement.
46% of crashes take place during rainfall.
Dangerous Conditions and Traffic Accidents
Caused by Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
- Decreased visibility from heavy rain
- Vehicle instability caused by high winds and gusts
- Blocked roadways from fallen debris
- Increased risk of hydroplaning and skidding
- Inoperable traffic lights due to power outages
(An intersection becomes a four-way stop when a traffic light is out.)
Safety Tips for Driving in Hurricane or
Tropical Storm Conditions
- Keep distance between your car and the can in front of you.
- Watch for spray from larger vehicles, like trucks.
- Turn on your windshield wipers and headlights for improved visibility.
- Never try to cross a flooded road, as your car may be carried away by even a small amount of moving water.
- If a road is closed, do not try to move or drive around the barricades.
- Try not to drive too fast in areas with standing water, as this could cause you to hydroplane.
- Watch for debris in the roadway, such as broken trees, tree limbs, or powerlines.
- If you feel yourself beginning to skid, do not slam on the breaks.
- Instead, slow down and avoid making any sharp turns.
- Fill your gas tank before the storm hits. Gas stations cannot pump fuel without electricity.
- If you own an electric vehicle, charge it fully before the storm.