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Can Bad Weather Impact Your Car Accident Case?

It’s no secret that bad weather can increase the potential for danger and the chance of car collisions. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration show that around 23 percent of crashes each year are weather-related.

Those in the Four States area know all too well the harsh conditions that winter months can bring. Whether you’re driving through wind, rain, or snow, you should understand how these factors may impact liability in a car accident case.

Negligence and Car Accidents

Proving liability in a car crash comes down to which parties acted with “negligence.” That is, they did not act with a reasonable amount of safety to prevent an accident from occurring. The standard for determining negligence is deciding how a reasonable driver would have acted in any given situation. Some acts that could show negligence include:

  • Speeding

  • Distracted driving

  • Intoxication

  • Not adjusting to road and weather conditions

Weather and Reasonable Duty of Care

Most drivers fail to reason that driving with a “reasonable duty of care” changes just as frequently as the weather. So, something that is considered reasonable in one situation may be different in another situation, such as when weather conditions are rough.

For example, in “good” weather conditions, it may be deemed “reasonable” to drive at the speed limit. However, when there is heavy rainfall, your visibility might be hindered and your vehicle may be susceptible to hydroplaning. In this situation, a reasonable driver would slow down and leave extra room between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them.

With this in mind, weather and road conditions at the time of the accidents are just some of the many factors that insurance companies and courts will look at when determining negligence, fault, and liability.

If you or a loved one was injured in a weather-related accident in the Four States area, turn to the attorneys at Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci for help pursuing your financial recovery. On the other hand, if a negligent driver caused the collision, our firm will help determine liable parties so that you receive what you need to heal.

Contact our firm at (833) 600-0125 to schedule your free case evaluation.

Car Accidents

What Should I Do After A Car Accident?

Each year, over six million car accidents happen in the U.S. If you drive, it’s almost certain that you’ll be in an accident sooner or later. When it happens, will you know what to do? After a car crash, the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Take a few deep breaths and collect your thoughts. Safety First First, check to see if anyone is hurt. If so,

Car Accidents

5 Ways to Reduce the Impact of a Car Accident

Although car accidents come with no warning, that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for them. Every time you get behind the wheel, there are tips and tricks you can follow to make sure you’re ready for the unavoidable.  Here are five ways to keep injuries to a minimum:  Buckle Up  Using your seatbelt should never be optional. Properly securing yourself vastly decreases your chance of suffering severe injuries Maintain Your

Car Accidents

What to Do About Incorrect Car Accident Police Reports

Information in a police report will hold monumental significance upon the result of your car accident claim. It will determine whether or not you are held financially liable because the report is, for the most part, viewed as being objective truth. After a car accident, there are typically two types of accident reports that provide details about the scene of the accident. If the police respond to the accident, they

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