Weather Conditions Caused Car Accident
On the road, you have to watch for many different potential disasters, and weather conditions can make driving even more treacherous than it already is.
You certainly need to be more careful when driving in poor weather conditions, but sometimes overcorrecting does more harm than good. In any case, those that maintain the roads and decide which roads are open to traffic also bear some responsibility for the safety of drivers.
If weather conditions caused a car accident you were in, it is a good idea to consult the attorneys of Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP to make sure the right person or entity is held responsible.
Negligence and Weather
It can be difficult to place blame when the weather causes an accident. Typically, all of the factors involved in the accident are considered when determining liability.
Drivers need to be aware of their surroundings, and officials need to be aware of hazardous roads. Sometimes the driver can drive in a completely legal manner, but still be negligent in some way.
Some examples of driver negligence and weather conditions include the following:
- Driving the normal speed limit during heavy rain, snow, ice, or fog
- Passing on the left when conditions make doing so dangerous
- Following the two-second rule during an ice storm—when you may need more time to
slow down or stop a vehicle
Road Maintenance Responsibility for Accidents
Those in charge of maintaining the roads have some responsibility to bear, though it is not always possible to keep the roads clear in bad weather.
In such cases, it may be more responsible to place legal limits on when people can drive.
Our lawyers can examine the standards of the governing entity to see what determines when a road needs to be shut down or when travel should be limited. If those criteria were met, but travel was not limited, that entity may have some responsibility for accidents that occur.
Further, if the appropriate parties neglected to warn drivers of unsafe roads or weather, they could be to blame for any accidents.
Why You Need a Car Accident Lawyer
When weather conditions caused a car accident, it can be difficult to investigate all of the details. Drivers who were doing their best to be safe and simultaneously follow laws should not have to pay in such circumstances. Instead, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.
Car accidents caused by weather conditions can be particularly difficult to navigate. We can help make sure the right person or entity is held responsible for your accident. Contact us online or call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) as soon as possible to get started.