Poor Weather Conditions Can Cause Major Car Accidents By dtaw on February 07, 2017

A cracked windshieldThe Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC fights for the people of Oklahoma City. Our team of personal injury lawyers have decades of experienced addressing serious and fatal car accidents, helping victims of these incidents seek justice.

There are many instances in which bad weather leads to major collisions and even death. Let's take a moment to consider why poor weather can contribute to serious motor vehicle accidents.

The Dangers of Poor Weather

Bad weather can lead to a number of hazards on the road, making collisions of all kinds more likely. This is why it's always important to be attentive and more careful behind the wheel during rain, snow, heavy fog, and when streets are wet or slippery.

Why the Potential for Accidents Increases

There are a few reasons why there is a heightened risk of collisions during poor weather conditions:

  • Slippery Roads and Poor Traction – When roads are slippery or slick, there's a greater chance for a vehicle to skid, lose traction, or swerve unexpectedly. When there's black ice, there can be major dangers for everyone on the road. Sometimes a vehicles tires do not have proper tread for the weather, causing a motorist to lose control.

  • Flooding on Roads – Moderate to heavy rain can lead to flooded roads or additional water on roadways. This means a greater risk of vehicles hydroplaning or even vehicles stalling out when they become partially submerged in water.

  • Poor Visibility – Fog, heavy rain, and snow can lead to poor visibility when driving. This is especially true if you are driving at night during poor weather.

  • Dangerous Road Conditions – Apart from flooding and slipperiness, bad weather can lead to other kinds of poor weather conditions. This could mean lane lines seeming to disappear due to rain and snow, or traffic signs obscured by snow and ice.

  • Driver Error and Reckless Behavior – Most people drive more cautiously when the weather is poor. Yet some drivers exhibit reckless behaviors in these conditions, driving as if the weather is clear. This means a far greater risk of collisions and injuries.

Tips for Driving in Poor Weather

If you are driving in bad weather, be sure to drive slower than you usually would. It's also important that you also have your headlights on, even if you are driving at night. Anything you can do to improve visibility is important to consider. Be sure to check your tires, headlights, brake lights, wipers, gas, oil, and possibly your car battery before you travel in inclement weather.

It's also a good idea to check the weather online as well as traffic reports to determine whether or not it's safe to travel. Knowing what's out there can protect you and the people you love from serious injury.

How Our Auto Accident Attorneys Can Help

If you auto collision was the result of a negligent motorist or a defective vehicle or auto part, our lawyers can help you hold those negligent parties accountable for the injuries you have sustained. We will seek damages on your behalf and help ensure these parties are responsible for covering vehicle damage, medical bills, and other expenses associated with the accident.

Learn More About Your Legal Options

If you would like to learn more about your legal options following a serious car accident, it's important that you contact team of personal injury attorneys today. The team at Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC will help you and your loved ones in your time of legal need.

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