Los Angeles does not get much rain compared with other parts of the country. When rain does come, it often causes careless or negligent drivers to get into car accidents.

This year’s first rain of the fall season is no exception. With rainfalls ranging from half an inch down to just 1/10 of an inch on Oct. 9, the California Highway Patrol reported 404 auto accidents in the L.A. area between that morning and the following morning.

When it rains, oils rise to the surface of the roads and highways. This causes them to become slicker in spots. Drivers can minimize their risk of losing grip on the road by slowing down, allowing greater following distance for the vehicle in front of them and replacing their tires when they go bald.

For drivers who fail to adjust for rain, the result can be causing serious harm to others in a car accident. Victims can suffer broken bones, severe bleeding, spinal injuries, brain injuries and even death. It might take victims months to recover from even relatively moderate injuries. Often people are permanently disabled, when sufficient care and recognition of road conditions by a driver could have prevented the accident from happening at all.

The 404 auto collisions took place between 5 a.m. on Oct. 9 and 5 a.m. on Oct. 10. To compare, there were only 260 accidents during that same 24-hour period from Oct. 2-3. We may never know exactly how many of these crashes were directly caused by driving too fast on wet roads, but the jump in accidents was almost certainly not a coincidence.

Source: The Los Angeles Times, “L.A. rain: 404 car crashes reported in 24 hours, CHP says,” Joseph Serna, Oct. 10, 2013