San Antonio is known for flash floods that can fill the streets with little notice. If you are visiting the city for the first time, you might not have heard about the risk before, but residents know all too well that floods can come frequently and cause tragedy.
Whether you are a tourist visiting this flood-prone region for the first time or have lived in San Antonio your whole life, some tips for driving during a flash flood could save your life or at least prevent a serious car accident someday. Here are three tips provided by Allstate Insurance:
- Don’t go around barricades. If the authorities have barricaded a street due to flooding, it probably means it’s unsafe to drive there. Instead of taking a chance, turn around and find an alternate route.
- Floodwater can be deceptive. It might look like standing water on a road is only a few inches deep, and you can make it. But floodwater is often deeper than it appears, and the road underneath could be unstable. Most passenger vehicles float in just a foot of water.
- Stay in your vehicle. Stay inside if you get caught in fast-rising water unless the water is building up inside your vehicle. If water is getting in, climb onto the roof. Avoid trying to wade or swim through fast-rising floodwater.
Common-sense tips like these should help you stay safe. Unfortunately, you cannot control what other drivers are doing or if they are taking proper precautions during a flood. If you have been injured in a car accident that was the other driver’s fault, you should explore all your options for compensation for damages like lost wages, medical bills and your pain and suffering.