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Rain, wet roadways cause more car accidents annually than other weather condition, statistics show

Posted at 2:15 PM, Jul 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-07 18:26:32-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Did you know? Rain and wet roadways are the cause of more car accidents every year than other weather condition. That's according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff shared a picture on Saturday to highlight the danger's of driving in the rain.

"Slick roads caused this crash @ W Waters Ave & Pinehurst Dr around noon today. Thankfully, no one was hurt...REMEMBER, use caution while driving in the rain. Give yourself plenty of room b/w other vehicles!," the Tweet read.

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According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 1,235,000 crashes each year are weather-related. They also say nearly 5,000 people are killed in weather-related crashes every year, and over 418,000 are injured.

Of those crashes, most happen on wet pavement and during rainfall, the department says. With 70% happening on wet pavement and 46% during rainfall.

Compare that to winter conditions and the number is a lot lower, with 18% of crashes happening during snow or sleet and 13% on icy pavement.