As winter approaches, the rain will start to fall throughout Los Angeles. It’s not always a lot of rain, but we know by now that plenty of people panic in the rain, fog, and heavy winds. Unfortunately, winter weather often causes some of the most devastating crashes, and injury victims should know their rights to pursue compensation.
Some people may think that liability goes out the window if a crash occurs because of inclement weather. This is not the case. Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys are here to explain how a collision in the rain, fog, snow, or heavy winds can still leave someone accountable for the crash.
Here’s how negligence exists in weather-related crashes:
- Failing to drive safe for conditions
- Failing to maintain a vehicle
- Failing to give others enough space
If someone causes you to suffer an injury in a weather-related accident, call our firm at (818) 873-0181 to discuss your case in a free consultation.
Failing to Drive Safe for Conditions
When rain falls and fog takes up all visibility, drivers must consider conditions whenever they drive. For instance, if the posted speed limit is 65 miles per hour, but rain is falling at a heavy pace, it may be safer to drive slower than the speed limit. If someone does not consider weather conditions when driving, they are negligent and can cause a severe crash.
A person may drive unsafe for conditions when they are:
- Driving too fast with rain on the ground or fog taking up visibility
- Making sudden and rapid movements that increase the chance of fishtailing
- Failing to use headlights when appropriate for the weather
- Knowing the weather is unsafe, yet ignoring it
If someone knowingly drives recklessly in bad weather, they can be held accountable for their actions.
Failing to Maintain a Vehicle
All drivers must maintain their vehicles to avoid severe harm. Not only does it keep the vehicle owner safe, but it also protects others on the road from experiencing a crash. Failure to maintain can make the driver negligent and liable for any crash that occurs.
Here are some of the ways poor vehicle maintenance can cause a crash:
- Losing control because of worn-out tires
- Not stopping in time because of worn brakes
- Losing visibility because of worn windshield wipers
Failing to Give Others Enough Space
Weather conditions can make it difficult to stop when necessary, making space crucial on the road. Drivers must not follow closely behind another vehicle in bad weather because they risk cause a severe crash, leading to some of the most severe harm.
In even the best weather, drivers should give at least one car length for every 10 miles per hour they’re driving. In the rain and heavy fog, that space should increase to avoid a severe crash that is much more challenging to prevent.
If you suffer an injury because of someone else’s actions in inclement weather, know that you have rights. You deserve the chance to pursue compensation for the injuries you suffer, and having the right legal team on your side can help give you peace of mind throughout the entire process. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers are here to help you every step of the way.
At KJT Law Group, we have worked hard for years to help clients pursue the most favorable outcomes in their cases. We work to safeguard those who suffer injuries because of someone else’s actions. We don’t back down from insurance companies and adjusters who try to bully claimants into accepting less than they deserve. We’ll be in your corner from start to finish.