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How Weather Can Complicate An Auto Accident Liability Case

Dale Watkins

Weather can play a strong role in whether or not an accident happens. In some cases, bad weather can make it more difficult to drive. In other cases, bad weather can make an accident unavoidable. For example, if extreme winds push a car into another vehicle, neither driver may be at fault. You will need help from an auto accident attorney who can investigate how the accident occurred and determine who might be at fault.

When the Other is At Fault

Oftentimes, an accident occurs when icy weather causes a driver to slide on the road. The driver will usually be held responsible because a driver is expected to operate a vehicle more safely and slow down to avoid an accident. However, if the driver did everything possible to avoid the accident, their insurance provider might argue that the accident was unavoidable.

In addition to speeding, a driver might be held responsible if they make a turn much more quickly than what can be done safely. If the driver spins out of control, they might be responsible if they turn recklessly.

When the Driver Can't See

A driver that can't see is expected to pull over to the side of the road. This might result from the driver failing to properly clear off their windows or may occur when the visibility conditions become much worse. For example, it might become very rainy to the extent that it is impossible to see. A responsible driver will pull over at this point.

In some cases, drivers fail to turn on their hazard lights, and this makes it more difficult for them to be seen when they pull over to the side of the road. This can lead to you colliding with the vehicle, and the other driver would likely be considered at fault. 

Vehicle Maintenance

One reason why a vehicle might be difficult to operate during bad weather is that the vehicle might be poorly maintained. There might not be enough air in the tires and this can affect traction. The windshield wipers might not be functioning properly, and the driver may be unable to see.

Based on the weather conditions and how the other driver responded, your auto accident attorney may be able to make a case for why the driver is responsible for the accident. Then, you will be able to request a settlement after successfully proving that the other driver was at fault for the accident.

For more information, contact a local law firm, like Bangel, Bangel & Bangel


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