Can You Seek Damages for Accidents in Rainy, Snowy or Icy Conditions?

According to statistics, bad weather accidents account for about one of every five motor vehicle crashes in the United States every year. That’s more than a million car, truck or motorcycle accidents annually. Though natural disasters, such as floods, tornados and hurricanes, tend to get more news coverage, weather-related motor vehicle accidents tend to be far more deadly.

How Can You Minimize the Risk of a Bad Weather Accident?

There are many ways you can reduce the risk of a collision or crash in rainy, snowy or icy weather:

  • Stay home if the weather is bad—If you have lived in Texas all or most of your life, you likely have limited experience driving in icy or snowy conditions. If there’s any kind of a winter storm, you’re better off staying off the roads, even if you know how to negotiate the slippery roadways—other drivers will often pose the greatest danger.
  • Make certain your vehicle is safe—To maximize your safety, if absolutely have to travel in poor weather, make certain all equipment on your vehicle is functioning properly. Check the windshield wipers and make sure all lights and signals are in working order. Before you get on the road, let your car warm up. That will minimize the risk of ice on windows or windshield. If the car’s been parked outside, clean all snow or ice off the windows, hood, headlights and body of the car before you leave.
  • Change your driving habits—First and foremost, give yourself more room. Add a car length or two between you and the vehicle in front of you. Drop your speed, but not too much. You’ll need more space to come to a complete stop, but you can pose a danger to others by travelling too slowly.

Protect Your Rights after a Crash in Poor Weather

At the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz, we have aggressively protected the rights of injured people in the greater Arlington, Houston, Plano, and San Antonio communities, across Texas and nationwide for more than 26 years. We have a comprehensive understanding of all the factors involved in car, truck and motorcycle accidents, including crashes that occur in inclement weather. Arrange a free consultation today to evaluate your potential case.

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