A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy was involved in a weather-related collision on Sunday morning, according to reports.
The single-vehicle crash occurred on Interstate-275 just before the exit to 38th Avenue North at around 10 a.m. on Sunday.
According to the sheriff’s office, the deputy was traveling southbound on Interstate 275 in heavy rain.
Reports indicate that due to the inclement weather, the deputy’s cruiser may have hydroplaned causing the vehicle to fishtail and strike the median guardrail barrier.
After hitting the median barrier the vehicle spun around before coming to a final rest on the guardrail.
The deputy was transported by ambulance to Bayfront Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
Every year in the United States, weather is found to be a factor in more than 1,300,000 accidents. According to the U.S Department of Transportation, 23 percent of all accidents each year are weather-related. The following conditions contribute to weather-related accidents:
- Wet Pavement – 17 percent of crashes, 16 percent of injuries, 13 percent of fatalities
- Rain – 11 percent of crashes, 10 percent of injuries, 8 percent of fatalities
- Snow & Sleet – 4 percent of crashes, 3 percent of injuries, 2 percent fatalities
- Ice – 3 percent of crashes, 2 percent of injuries, 2 percent fatalities
- Snow & Slush – 3 percent of crashes, 2 percent of injuries, 2 percent fatalities
- Fog – 1 percent of crashes, 1 percent of injuries, 2 percent fatalities
If you have been injured in a weather-related crash in Tampa Bay, our Tampa Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are here to protect your right to compensation. We can help you understand your legal options and take the time to explain the things insurance companies do not want you to know. Call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online.