Michigan drivers are no strangers to poor driving conditions during harsh
winters. Heavy rain or snow can decrease visibility, and the presence
of black ice decreases traction on the roadways, contributing to hydroplaning
and skidding. Thick fog or strong winds are other factors that make driving
more hazardous. Countless
car accidents occur during the winter months that result from dangerous driving conditions,
but how do they affect an accident claim? Can a driver still be held responsible
if the weather contributed to their accident?
Determining Liability in a Winter Accident
No matter what the weather is like, it is ultimately the driver’s
responsibility to drive safely and maintain control of their vehicle.
While poor weather may have been a factor in an accident, drivers often
exacerbate dangerous conditions by driving unsafely. Rather than slowing
down and being more cautious, they may weave in and out of lanes, drive
too fast, or tailgate other vehicles. Drivers who exhibit these behaviors
cannot escape liability simply by blaming the accident on the weather.
Ultimately, they still bear responsibility for any accident they cause.
The insurance company may take the weather conditions into account, but
the weather will not excuse negligence.
What to Do After a Winter Accident
If you are involved in a winter car accident, be sure to notify the police
to obtain a police report of the accident. Take photos or videos of the
damage to your vehicle and to show what the weather conditions were like
at the time of the accident. Then, call a Detroit car accident attorney
at Goodman Acker P.C. to discuss your legal options. A successful personal
injury claim may provide compensation for things like medical care, lost
wages, property damage, and more.
Have questions about a recent car accident? Our Detroit car accident lawyers
are happy to speak with you during a free case review.
To schedule yours, please
click here, or call us at (248) 793-2010.