Posted in Car Accidents on September 17, 2019
Car accidents happen every day in Georgia. When we turn to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, see that there were almost 400,000 vehicle crashes during the last full reporting year. While many of those crashes resulted in only property damage or minor injuries, during that year there were:
Many people think of driver error when they think of car accidents. When you throw in bad weather, crashes become much more likely. Drivers in Georgia face a range of weather possibilities that can make driving more dangerous. This can include rain and fog. It can even include snow and ice depending on the time of year.
Drivers need to take extra precautions when driving in bad weather. You may have heard people being ticketed by police for driving too fast for conditions. You do not necessarily have to be speeding to get a ticket. When the weather is bad, even driving the speed limit may be too fast. Bad weather can slow stopping times, cause hydroplaning, and more.
Drivers have the ability to decide whether or not to operate in bad weather. They should also know what precautions to take when operating in bad weather.
Every driver on the roadway has a duty to avoid collisions with other vehicles. Maintaining an appropriate level of care appropriate for the weather conditions is part of these duties. Some factors that could lead to drivers being held liable during bad weather include:
Accidents that occur in bad weather, insurance companies will do everything they can to minimize their risk. This means that you will need to prove the other driver’s fault. Your attorney will work to do this by showing:
Proving this will require your attorney to obtain all evidence related to the crash. This can include:
There are very few bad weather crashes that were unavoidable. In most cases, one or more drivers will be at-fault for the crash. It is important that you obtain the compensation you deserve, including:
Start a claim as soon as possible because bad weather crashes add another layer of complexity to these cases.