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Does Weather Impact Liability in Car Accident Claims?


It’s a well-known fact that driving during bad weather can easily result in more car accidents and driving in rainmore devastating effects in the aftermath of one. In fact, the Federal Highway Administration reports that weather plays a role in about 22% of vehicular accidents in the U.S. each year. 

When someone experiences a vehicle accident, determining fault will involve many different factors. Weather conditions are factors that an insurance company or jury may also consider when determining negligence and fault.

Negligent Driving

When it comes to a car crash, negligence will show who is at fault for the accident. In most cases, one or more drivers are considered responsible. This means the responsible party or parties were not driving with sufficient care required by the situation.

There is a certain level of care expected of a reasonable person to avoid a car accident. Negligence can take several forms, but it ultimately comes down to proving that the driver did not do what a reasonable person would have done under similar circumstances and more.

Liability and Bad Weather

Many things are considered when it comes to determining a driver's liability and negligence. Common factors taken into consideration include whether each party was intoxicated or impaired, the speeds of both drivers, visibility, road conditions, and distractions.

Heavy rain, for instance, may decrease visibility and may the roads slick and dangerous. During such severe weather, a reasonable driver would know they should slow down and put more distance between themselves and other cars.

Seek Legal Assistance

If you did adjust your driving to weather and road conditions and still sustained injuries in an accident, we will fight against your insurance company to help you obtain compensation. On the other hand, if you were injured due to a negligent driver, we can also help you seek compensation against liable parties.

Whatever the circumstances of your car accident, remember that our team of seasoned Austin personal injury attorneys is here to represent you and your family during this time.

Contact Law Offices of Vic Feazell at (254) 938-6885 to set up your free consultation.