In what likely won't help the stereotype about Los Angeles drivers in the rain, there were 404 crashes on the region's rain-slicked freeways during the first storm of the season, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The total, accumulated between Wednesday and Thursday morning, was 55% more compared to the same period a week earlier.
There were 404 traffic accidents between 5 a.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday, while during the same 24-hour period between Oct. 2-3 there were 260 crashes, said CHP Officer Ming Hsu.
"People aren't used to [the rain] so they don't alter their driving patterns," Hsu said.
The first rain of the season lifts all the oils up to the surface where unprepared drivers – particularly those with bald tires on their vehicles – may slide, lose control and crash.
And the first storm of the season was weak one.
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