Auto Accidents in Adverse Weather

October 28, 2015

As the weather begins to get colder, many individuals are thinking ahead to winter. South Carolina winters may involve some snow and ice, which means that road conditions may become dangerous and the risks will increase for auto accidents. Some collisions simply cannot be avoided and are entirely due to the weather conditions. However, many crashes that happen in adverse weather do occur because a driver or another party acted in a negligent manner. The following are some examples of how negligent parties can cause accidents in poor weather conditions.

Drivers Do Not Use Adequate Care

Adverse weather can make driving safely more challenging in several different ways including reducing driver visibility and decreasing traction with the road. This can easily lead to a vehicle skidding, sliding, or crashing into something that a driver did not see. Drivers of motor vehicles always have a duty to use reasonable care when operating their vehicle and this includes taking additional precautions in light of adverse weather.

For example, drivers are expected to slow down if the weather so requires. Generally, speed limits are indicators of a safe speed at which to travel on a particular road. Traveling at a speed limit, however, may be highly dangerous in light of wet or slick roads. A driver is expected to use their judgment to decide how fast is too fast in the weather condition. If a driver fails to do so, they may be held responsible for your losses.

The Government Fails To Properly Maintain The Roads

In addition to other drivers, the government responsible for maintaining the roads on which you crashed can be held liable for your losses if the roads were not properly cleared. While it is impossible to keep all roadways completely cleared at all time, the government must take adequate steps to prepare for a storm. This can include pre-treating the roads to prevent slick spots and reapplying road treatments until the storm is over. Officials should take necessary steps to clear roads, especially bridges and on-ramps, which are commonly particularly dangerous. If the government does not properly treat or maintain the roads, you may have a claim against the government and you should speak to an attorney today.

Consult With An Experienced South Carolina Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been injured in a car crash that occurred during rain, sleet, snow, fog, or icy conditions, you should have a qualified car accident attorney in South Carolina review your case as soon as possible. An attorney can tell you whether you are entitled to compensation and can help you pursue the recovery you deserve. At the Connell Law Firm, our team of skilled accident attorneys can help hold a negligent driver or the government liable for your losses.