Who is at Fault for a Bad Weather Accident?

by William Mattar | July 8th, 2019

We sometimes drive on snowy or icy roads because we have to, not because we want to. Fortunately, most of us use extra care when driving on slippery roads or in extreme weather conditions (severe thunderstorms or strong winds, for example). We slow down, leave plenty of room between our vehicle and the vehicle in front of us and don’t take turns sharply.

Although many drivers practice safe driving habits in bad weather, some neglect to slow down and take their time. If another driver hits you when roads are slippery, is that driver liable?

Bad Weather Accidents and Reckless Drivers

If you are struck by a driver who is found to be speeding or driving recklessly on slippery roads, you may be entitled to compensation for physical injuries suffered because of the collision. Police officers and accident investigators can sometimes determine at the scene of the accident whether one driver was speeding, tailgating or engaging in dangerous driving practices. Call William Mattar today to schedule a free initial consultation appointment if you are recovering from serious injuries due to negligent driver.

What Else Makes a Driver Liable for an Accident in Bad Weather?

In addition to speeding on snow-covered roads, drivers may be held responsible for a bad-weather accident if:

They failed to clean windows–scraping a hole just big enough to see the front of your car only could get you pulled over for driving unsafely. If you cause an accident because you couldn’t see adequately due to unclean windows, you may be held responsible for the accident.

Stopping in the middle of the road–if road conditions deteriorate rapidly or rain is coming down so hard you can’t see, never just stop in a street lane. Always use proper judgment and follow the rules of the road.

Bad brakes and bad weather–drivers who blame accidents on brakes that prevent them from stopping in time on slippery or wet roads may find their story doesn’t carry much weight with law enforcement.

If you have been the victim of a driver operating their vehicle recklessly in bad weather and suffered serious physical injuries, contact the car accident lawyers at William Mattar today. We may be able to obtain adequate compensation for your injuries.