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Avoiding The Negative Effects Of Monsoon Generated Dust Storms

August 23, 2014 Hastings and Hastings

Avoiding The Negative Effects Of Monsoon Generated Dust Storms

Monsoon season comes around each year right on schedule and with it comes many undesirable weather events that can easily be avoided. One example of this is the all too frequent dust storm that occurs throughout the Valley almost every year. Dust storms or haboobs as they are sometimes referred to as can create serious personal injury and property damage. The good news is that there are ways to avoid the negative effects of dust storms.

Internet And Mobile Devices

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to better deal with dust storms in Arizona is to simply stay proactive when it comes to monitoring weather conditions. Frequently checking news broadcasts and listening to the radio as well as monitoring Internet and mobile devices can go a long way in knowing well in advance when a dust storm is developing. By having adequate foreknowledge, it is easier to avoid the dangers associated with violent dust storms. One of the easiest ways to avoid the negative effects of a dust storm is to stay in your existing location until the storm dissipates or passes completely.

A Vehicle Should Be Put Into Park

Those driving in a vehicle that encounter a haboob or dust storm should know that pulling over is one of the best ways to stay safe during this type of weather events. Pulling as far off the road as is possible is always the best way to avoid an unexpected collision. Drivers should turn off all internal and external vehicle lights so as to further avoid collision. In addition, a vehicle should be put into park and the parking brake should be set. This helps to avoid the potential of other motorists impacting a vehicle that they believe to be driving along the road.

Reducing Visibility In A Matter Of Seconds

Dust storms are a fact of life in Arizona, but that does not mean that the residents of the state must experience the negative effects associated with these costly storms. Greatly reducing visibility in a matter of seconds, dust storms can also result in multicar pile-ups and serious vehicular accidents. Even pedestrians are prone to the dangers associated with automobiles when dust storms are present. Contact Hastings and Hastings for Phoenix Arizona personal injury law if you have been injured due to the negligence of another individual.