Car Accidents In Bad Weather: Who’s At Fault?

As anyone who has lived for any amount of time in South Carolina knows, the state has its share of bad weather. Hurricanes, thunderstorms, fog, tornadoes, flooding, and even the occasional snow and ice. Any of these severe weather conditions can wreak havoc with driving conditions, especially in areas around cities with a high traffic density and drivers who may be speeding and driving recklessly during rush hour. Conditions like these not only decrease driver and vehicle visibility and test the nerves and skills of the operator, they also affect safe vehicle performance. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, over 1.3 million car wrecks in America were caused by bad weather over a ten-year period. If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle collision, you may be eligible for a significant monetary award for medical bills, time off of work, pain and suffering, disability, and more. It’s vital that you retain the services of a qualified and experienced South Carolina car accident attorney to protect your rights.

Proving Negligence In An Accident

To receive compensation for an injury in an automobile wreck, you must be able to show that negligence on the part of some other party caused the accident. That could be another driver or the agency responsible for maintaining the road. When an accident occurs during bad weather conditions, it can be hard to prove that anyone was negligent other than nature. That’s why you need the services of a car accident attorney. Your lawyer will investigate the weather conditions at the time of the accident, and if another driver was involved, they’ll investigate whether they were at fault because they were speeding, driving recklessly, or driving inappropriately for the conditions. They’ll also determine if the condition of their vehicle could have been a factor, such as bad tires or windshield wipers. Every driver has a legal responsibility to operate their car in a safe manner and to make sure that it’s in safe operating condition. If they fail to take reasonable precautions against causing an accident, they and/or their insurance company could be liable for damages.

Negligent Road Maintenance

It’s not always other drivers or their vehicles that can be responsible for accidents. Especially during inclement weather, negligent road and highway conditions can easily cause an accident. Things like missing guardrails that should have been replaced in a timely manner, potholes that should have reasonably been filled, and unmarked areas of construction can be shown to be responsible for your accident. An experienced car accident attorney will be able to investigate these things to determine the liability of the governing authorities.

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in South Carolina, you need to retain the services of a qualified attorney who is experienced with similar cases in the state to protect your rights and ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Ryan Montgomery can help. Contact him as soon as possible for a free and confidential consultation.