No matter what state or city you live in, chances are you will at some point come face to face with a car accident due to bad weather. Bad weather conditions can strike at any moment, and when they do, they can be hazardous to the road and to the people driving on them. Sadly, there are roughly around 1.2 million accidents caused by bad weather every single year. When these accidents occur, who can you turn to for help? And is it all your fault?
If you got into a car accident due to weather, a lawyer can help ease your concerns and help you understand that these are simply unavoidable accidents that might not necessarily impact you negatively. They will also help establish fault and fight to represent you positively during court, as well as negate any legal issues that come your way due to a bad weather accident.
Understanding Bad Weather
First and foremost, it’s important to understand what exactly constitutes bad weather. A cloudy day, for instance, might be a bit unpleasant, but this would not constitute poor weather conditions for driving. On the other hand, bad weather can be caused by poor road conditions due to:
- Heavy rains
- Excessive fog
- Dust storms
All of these can severely impact your ability to drive, and cause you to get into an accident despite your best efforts.
How Do Courts Prove Fault?
Sadly, most courts and insurance companies will find you at fault if you hit another vehicle, even if the conditions of the road are poor. For instance, if you rear-end a car because your brakes stopped working during the middle of a rain storm, this could still lead you to be sued and put you at fault by your insurance company.
However, an “Act of God” claim, such as a natural disaster like a tsunami, earthquake, or sinkhole, might be able to help save you thousands in damages and compensate you for losses.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
It might seem unfair for insurance companies to deny you help for a car accident, or charge you for the damages, even if there was bad weather impacting your ability to drive. However, there might be other factors that a lawyer can point out that can help reduce your liability.
For instance, if you hit a car in heavy fog, did the car have its fog lights on? Or, did a car have its lights turned off during the middle of a rain storm? Were there other environmental factors at play that negatively impacted the road conditions, such as construction and other road hazards?
A trained and expert lawyer can help find these flaws, present them to insurance companies or even to a judge in the case of a civil lawsuit, and reduce your liability as much as possible. In addition, if you were the victim of a car accident due to bad weather, your lawyer can also help you get the damages you deserve to recover from your injuries.