Poor Weather Conditions and the Risk of Auto Accidents

By Mark T. Flickinger, JD on March 15, 2017

Car damaged in auto accidentAs convenient as driving is, most people know that the road can be a dangerous place. Auto accidents occur in startling numbers each year on roads all across America. Unfortunately, poor weather conditions can increase the risks of driving even further. Statistics show that bad weather leads to over one million car accidents in America each year. These car accidents often result in serious personal injury, in addition to costly property damage.

Although auto accidents and poor weather conditions are linked, accident victims in the Provo, UT area may still have a right to compensation for damages suffered during such an accident. Proving liability in auto accidents that take place in poor weather conditions can be complicated, but the experienced auto accident attorneys at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton have successfully represented injury victims in cases such as these. Our attorneys will prove a strong case of liability to ensure that our clients are justly compensated for the damages caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver.

Dangers of Poor Weather Conditions

There are many weather conditions that can increase the risk of a car accident. Conditions such as rain, fog, sleet, and snow can all limit visibility, decrease traction, reduce speed control, and slow the reaction time for brakes. However, these are not the only dangers of poor weather conditions.

One of the factors that increases the risk of an auto accident in poor weather conditions is driver error. Whether due to inexperience or neglect, many drivers fail to respond appropriately when the weather is bad. When weather conditions are poor, drivers should respond by decreasing their speed and allowing themselves plenty of time to react to potentially dangerous situations. Those who fail to take these precautions put themselves and others on the road in danger.

Proving Liability for Accidents in Poor Weather

Proving liability for a car accident that takes place in poor weather conditions is often complicated. Insurance companies are usually quick to deny liability by placing the blame on the weather. However, even in poor weather conditions, if an auto accident was caused by another driver’s failure to take necessary safety precautions, they can be held liable for the accident and any resulting damages.

The best way for an injury victim to ensure they receive the compensation they are due for such damages is to work with an experienced auto accident attorney, such as those at Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton. Our attorneys will examine the scene of the accident, take statements from witnesses, and collect evidence to prove liability in cases such as these. We will fight to ensure the liable party is held accountable so victims can be justly compensated for the full extent of damages.

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If you have been involved in an auto accident during poor weather conditions, the liable party can still be held accountable for any physical, emotional, or financial damages you may have suffered. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and learn more about your legal options.

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