Can Weather Impact Liability in Car Crashes?

As you may know, there are several factors that come into play when determining liability in a car crash. This process is key to helping an injured party obtain compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and emotional damages.woman driving in rain

Liability is based on determining negligence on the part of one or multiple drivers. Negligence would mean that a driver did not take reasonable steps to ensure safety in any given situation, such as driving through bad weather.

Bad Weather and Liability

Weather is not a hard, determining factor when it comes to determining liability in a car accident. Instead, the jury or judge looking at the case may take this factor into consideration when determining fault and compensation amounts.

Some other factors that can also be taken into consideration include the speed of each driver, road conditions, hindered visibility, distractions, and intoxication levels.

Driving Through Inclement Weather

Those behind the wheel have an extra responsibility to drive with caution when external factors, such as bad weather, are present. For example, fog and rain can hinder visibility on the road, making it difficult to determine how far away other vehicles are or accurately read road signs. Because of this, it is the driver’s responsibility to drive slower than they would on an average day so that they have more time to react in an emergency situation.

Other tips for safe driving through bad weather include:

  • Leave earlier than usual

  • Drive slowly

  • Eliminate distractions

  • Leave more room between you and the car ahead

  • Use your low beams in fog

  • Buckle up

If you’ve been injured in an accident that weather played a part in, turn to our firm for guidance. We will review your case to show what other factors may have led to the crash. On the other hand, if you were injured due to a negligent driver and need help seeking compensation for your injuries, we can help you, too.

Contact Richard Schwartz & Associates at (601) 869-0696 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Jackson personal injury attorneys.

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