Although Marietta has speed limits, drivers should pay attention to hazardous road situations. If weather or poor road conditions exist, everyone on the road should adjust to those circumstances. Sadly, too many drivers fail to heed changing weather or road conditions. If one of these drivers caused your accident, talk to a Marietta car accident lawyer.
Our lawyers at John Foy & Associates know what to do. We can help you build a strong injury claim for compensation. Our goal is to get you the fullest recovery possible for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Our consultation is always FREE. Plus, there is no charge unless we win your case. To schedule your FREE consultation today, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
Changing Weather Conditions on Marietta Roads
Any weather change can make driving more difficult. Motorists should pay attention to weather conditions and adjust their speeds for safety. Examples of potentially hazardous weather situations include:
- Rain, snow, or sleet
- Fog or dust
- Sun glare
- Flooding or icy roads
- High winds
Any of the above can impact a driver’s vision, visibility, traction, or vehicle control. Even if someone is driving within the speed limit, they might need to go slower during adverse weather.
Weather situations can also change quickly. It’s best to err on the side of caution. Prepare for worsening conditions just in case. This is the best way for drivers to protect themselves and other motorists.
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Unsafe Road Conditions that Can Cause Accidents
Dangerous road conditions can appear quickly, as well. At any time, drivers might encounter:
- Uneven roads
- Hazardous cracks
- Accident debris
- Broken glass
- Animals crossing the road
- Road work areas
- Faded road lines
- Bumpy pavement
- Car accidents
- Blocked off roads
Drivers should be prepared to change their speed at any time. They should also remain alert and aware of potential hazards.
Driver Fault and Responsibility in Marietta
According to Georgia Code Section 40-6-180, all drivers should:
- Travel at a speed that is “reasonable and prudent” based on current conditions
- Be aware of existing “actual and potential hazards”
Drivers should also follow this law when:
- Approaching or cross a railroad crossing or intersection
- Coming up or going around a curve
- Driving on a winding or narrow road
- Approaching or driving on a hill
- There are any special hazards based on weather or road conditions
Following laws is part of being a safe and diligent driver. If someone fails to follow the law, their carelessness comes with a price. Any driver who causes an accident is responsible for the costs.
If another driver’s failure to heed changing conditions caused your crash, you have rights. You can file a personal injury claim with the driver’s insurance company. Your claim will seek compensation for your costs.
At John Foy & Associates, we can match you with the best attorney for your needs. Contact us today for a FREE consultation. Call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online. There is no fee unless we win your case.
Consequences of Not Adjusting to Changing Road Conditions
Ignoring hazardous conditions can cause a severe accident. A driver might experience blown tires, lose control of their vehicle, or drive straight into danger.
We have seen car accidents like:
- Rear-end accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Side-impact crashes
- Multiple-vehicle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Bus accidents
Sometimes, a driver won’t adjust to road changes because they’re drunk or distracted. If you can prove the at-fault driver was engaging in illegal behavior, it will help your case.
Failing to heed changing road conditions causes car accidents often. These accidents can lead to severe injuries or even death.
If you or a loved one were the victims of this type of accident, don’t wait to get help. You might have a right to compensation for what you suffered. Reach out to a lawyer who can get started on your case immediately.
Your Rights After Another Driver Ignores Dangerous Conditions
You should not have to pay for the costs of an accident you didn’t cause. You can seek compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. However, the burden is on you to file the case.
You will need to include all of your personal injury damages in your claim. Those will probably include:
- Medical costs
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Car repairs or replacement
- Pain and suffering
Your car accident lawyer will know how to calculate the above damages accurately. If a loved one died in the accident, you might have a wrongful death claim. You can seek compensation on behalf of your lost loved one.
Unfortunately, filing your claim is just the beginning. Then, you have to deal with the insurance company. Insurers care most about their bottom line — money. They will be looking for ways to reduce what they pay you.
You are likely far better off with an experienced attorney’s help. Your lawyer can communicate and negotiate with the insurance company. You won’t have to worry about the legal side of matters.
Don’t Wait to Get Started on Your Case
In Georgia, the statute of limitations is two years. That means you have two years from the date of your accident to bring your case. While that might seem like plenty of time, it goes quickly.
You will need time and space to build your claim and heal from your injuries. To make sure you stay on track, contact a trusted lawyer who can help.
Get a Free Consultation with a Marietta Car Accident Lawyer Today
At John Foy & Associates, we believe no injury victim should have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Our lawyers have been helping injured Georgians for more than 20 years. We’re here to assist you, too.
Contact us today for a FREE, no-risk consultation. We do not charge a fee unless we win your case. You can work with us without worrying about upfront or out-of-pocket costs.
Call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online to get your FREE consultation today. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you.