Dangerous Weather and Auto Accidents
Although inclement weather conditions may cause dangerous situations to arise, it’s still the responsibility of other drivers to take proper precautions when driving in this weather. Weather itself can’t be held accountable for an accident, but a person’s or agency’s unwillingness to properly react to weather concerns on the road may make them liable for accidents that occur. Weather isn’t an excuse for making careless errors or decisions on the road, and those injured on the road because of a thoughtless error may be eligible to file a claim against the responsible party.
At Yearout & Traylor, P.C., we stand with our Birmingham clients in their fight for justice after a car accident. We understand how difficult filing a claim may seem, and that’s why we’re here to make this process easier to manage.
Driver Error and Government Negligence Linked to Inclement Weather
Drivers have a responsibility to other motorists to pay attention to the conditions on the roads and adjust accordingly. Similarly, government agencies responsible for engineering safe roads and maintaining safety features on the roads may need to pay special attention to weather-related concerns. While the following may be linked to dangerous weather conditions, they can ultimately be considered human errors:
- Failure to adjust driving for inclement conditions, especially in cases of heavy rain, ice, or snow
- Failure to use wiper blades during rain or snow
- Failure to use headlamps during rain, snow, or fog
- Failure for truck drivers to properly secure their cargo and adjust their driving in high winds
- Failure for government agencies to properly maintain drainage systems for roads, reducing rain-related road flooding
- Failure for government agencies to post warnings in high-risk areas, such as particularly icy bridges
A person injured simply due to inclement weather cannot file a lawsuit. However, a mistake on a driver’s behalf or due to a government agency’s errors may be grounds for a victim of an accident to take legal action.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Birmingham
If you or someone you love has been injured because of another driver’s mistakes or government negligence, a lawyer from Yearout & Traylor, P.C., may be able to help you file for compensation for these injuries. For a free consultation regarding your options in Birmingham after a car accident, call 205.414.8160.