Hydroplaning, which happens when your car, motorcycle or truck tires become separated from the road surface by a layer of water, can be caused by excessive speed or poor tire tread, but in many cases, it is caused by something completely out of a driver's control - road defects.

It happens in the blink of an eye; one minute you're driving down the road on a rainy day, and the next thing you know, you lose control of your vehicle. It slides or spins and then you careen into the guardrail or off the road. Or, worse, you crash into another vehicle.

Hydroplaning, which happens when your car, motorcycle or truck tires become separated from the road surface by a layer of water, can be caused by excessive speed or poor tire tread, but in many cases, it is caused by something completely our of a driver's control - road defects.

Several common road defects that can lead to hydroplaning include:

  • improperly designed roadways,

  • lack of appropriate warning signs,

  • insufficient cross slope (the slope from the middle of the road to the side of the road which helps prevent pooling of water), and

  • poor road maintenance

If you are involved in a Pennsylvania hydroplaning car or truck accident that you believe was caused by a road defect, it is important for you to contact an Erie car accident lawyer who has the experience to guide you through a possible claim.