Liability in a Bad Weather Auto Accident
Bad weather can contribute to auto accidents in the Nashville area during every season, but who is liable when inclement weather is one of the main reasons for a crash? The knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Mitch Grissim & Associates are here to help answer this and any other legal issues that arise if you have been injured in a bad weather accident. Call or contact the office today to learn more.
Types of Inclement Road Weather
According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 22 percent of auto accidents nationally every year are weather related. There are many different types of bad weather that can be a factor in an auto accident. Some of the most common types of inclement weather that contributes to crashes in the Nashville area include the following:
- Rain: Causes roads to be wet and slick, which can impact a vehicle’s ability to navigate the roads properly. Wet roads account for almost three-quarters of all weather-related accidents.
- Sleet: This weather can reduce visibility while also making the roads slick. It can also turn to ice if the temperature drops below freezing.
- Snow: Can significantly reduce visibility while driving and can reduce or eliminate the ability for a driver to see the lane lines or the road. Also causes slick roadways and can hide ice.
- Fog: It has the potential to slightly or substantially impact visibility of other cars, the roadway, and any debris.
- Wind: High wind speeds can reduce visibility and blow debris that can affect the ability to drive.
In addition, unusual conditions like hail can cause vehicle slippage on the roads and kneejerk driving reactions. Extremely sunny weather can also lead to accidents if the brightness and glare reduce visibility for drivers on the road. However, regardless of the type of weather conditions, someone must be held liable if a crash occurs.
Who is Liable for This Type of Accident?
While some people may refer to a bad weather auto accident as an act of God, ultimately it is the responsibility of the drivers on the road to take into account inclement weather and adjust their driving accordingly. As such, a driver responsible for a crash cannot escape liability simply because the weather was not perfect when the accident occurred. An experienced auto accident attorney will be able to recreate and investigate a bad weather crash using police and accident reports, photos and videos of the scene, and witness statements to determine who is liable for the accident and what they should have done to mitigate their chances of causing a crash. This is critical for victims of inclement weather accidents who deserve compensation for their injuries after a crash.
Talk to Our Office Today
Have you or someone you know been injured in a bad weather auto accident? If so, you may still be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. To learn more about your legal options, contact our Nashville car accident attorneys today at Mitch Grissim & Associates today to schedule a free consultation of your claims.