Auto Accidents and Poor Weather Conditions
When the people of Central Florida are injured in serious accidents, they can count on the lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau to help. We have assisted accident victims and their loved ones in complicated personal injury litigation, including lawsuits for multi-vehicle auto accidents that result in severe injuries and claims filed against business establishments for having unsafe premises that cause slips, falls, and other injuries.
When it comes to auto accidents, one thing that makes a major difference in terms of road safety is the weather. We'd like to take a moment to consider how the elements can turn a regular drive into a hazardous one.
Poor Weather Makes the Road Very Dangerous
Weather can have a serious impact on the road, making otherwise safe or relatively safe streets and highways very dangerous. Even when you are in control as a driver, other motorists around you may not be as cautious, meaning that bad weather results in multiple risks. Knowing what these risks are and being aware of them is a good way to ensure that you are safe when behind the wheel.
Problems with Traction as You Are Driving
One of the most common problems caused by poor weather is changes in traction. Rain can leave streets slippery, making skids and longer stopping times more likely. Large puddles or pools can also cause problems with handling as you drive through them, and can also cause vehicles to stall.
Problems with Reduced Visibility on the Road
Rain and fog can cause your visibility to become impaired. In the worst cases, you may not be able to see more than a few car lengths in front of you, meaning greater likelihood of rear end collisions, especially on busy roads or highways.
Poorly Designed Roads Can Exacerbate Bad Driving Conditions
To make things worse, sometimes the way that roads are designed can make already poor weather conditions much more dangerous. There may be poorly placed gutters that lead to flooding rather than keeping the water out of the road, and sometimes dips in the road can cause large pools of water to form, causing a major hazard to motorists.
What to Do When You Are Driving In Bad Weather
When driving in bad weather, it's a good idea to consider the following safety tips:
- Drive slower than you usually would to account for more dangerous conditions
- Make sure your windshield wipers work properly and are effective
- Make sure that you tired have sufficient tread
- Turn on your headlights to improve your visibility to others on the road
- Monitor weather before driving to account for extra travel time and route changes
How Attorneys Can Help In These Kinds of Auto Accident Cases
Since poor weather can lead to a number of different types of auto accidents, our attorneys can help injury victims in many ways.
If a negligent or reckless motorist caused an accident to occur, our attorneys will fight to ensure that the negligent motorist is held accountable for causing the accident.
If poor tire design or problems with windshield wipers contribute to an accident, our attorneys can help determine if the auto maker was at fault for contributing to the accident.
If poor road design contributed to an auto accident in bad weather, our legal team will see if the local authorities can be taken to task for creating a hazardous roadway given the nature of the accident.
In all of these above cases, our ultimate goal is to obtain damages for our clients to cover medical bills, property damage, and other losses and hardships.
Speak with Our Personal Injury Attorneys Today
For more information about your legal options following a serious auto accident, it's important that you contact our personal injury attorneys today. The lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau will discuss these matters with you in greater detail to ensure you understand all of your options regarding your case.