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.
According to the National Weather Service, it rained up to half an inch or more in some Los Angeles County valleys and mountains, while the areas around downtown and along the coast barely saw a tenth of an inch.