Motor vehicle collisions become more likely when weather conditions deteriorate, especially when drivers fail to pay attention to the various ways in which inclement weather can affect road conditions and driving abilities. Motorists need to use additional caution during such times to prevent a collision.
If you recently found yourself in an accident because another driver was speeding or failed to follow traffic safety guidelines during poor weather, you should hold them answerable for the consequences the accident causes.
Different ways weather can lead to traffic accidents
The Federal Highway Administration covers some of the weather-related risk factors that increase the likelihood of a motor vehicle collision. Fog can affect visibility, preventing drivers from seeing other vehicles, and it can also cause increased speed variance that raises the chances of vehicles colliding. Wind can result in obstructed lanes due to debris, and wind-driven snow and dust can also impact visibility. Rain, snow and ice can affect traction and cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles.
The aftermath of a weather-related traffic crash
Sometimes, traffic accidents that occur during bad weather are especially difficult for various reasons, whether it takes longer for law enforcement and emergency responders to arrive at the scene or victims struggle to gather evidence at the crash site.
Sadly, such an accident can impact your life in many ways, whether you have to miss work, struggle with excruciating pain or cannot pay medical costs. It is important to understand what your options are to ensure you have the resources your need to recover and move on from your accident.