Driving is a privilege, not a right. Each driver has a responsibility to drive safely at all times, including adjusting to changing road or weather conditions. If the road becomes more dangerous and a driver doesn’t respond, they could cause an accident.
If you were hurt in a car accident caused by a failure to heed changing conditions, you have rights. You might be eligible for financial compensation for your losses, and a car accident lawyer can help you fight for what you deserve.
John Foy & Associates has been helping injured clients for over 20 years. We are not afraid to stand up to the insurance companies and fight for your rights. Plus, we only get paid if we win your case. To set up a free consultation today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Examples of Changing Weather and Road Conditions
Road or weather conditions can change at any time. A responsible driver should be prepared for any changes and respond appropriately. If changing conditions contributed to your accident, you’ll need to know the specifics.
You have the right to file an insurance claim after an accident you didn’t cause. Through your claim, you can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Here are some examples of conditions that require a driver to be extra careful.
Icy or Snowy Weather
Ice or snow can make the road incredibly dangerous. Drivers must adjust their speeds to avoid accidents. If a motorist continues at the same speed, they can lose control of their vehicle and cause a collision.
Rainy weather can cause hazards like:
- Flooded roads
- Loss of visibility
- Reduced traction
- Loss of vehicle control
Drivers should adjust to rainy weather, especially heavy rain. Motorists need to use their windshield wipers, slow down, and take other safety measures.
If a driver caused your accident during a storm, they could be responsible for the collision. If so, you can seek financial recovery from the driver’s insurance company.
Fog might not seem like a big deal, but it can drastically reduce visibility. Sudden heavy fog can make it near impossible to see the road ahead. Drivers should adjust to foggy weather, which might include slowing way down or pulling over until things improve.
Heavy winds can blow vehicles, especially small cars, off the road. The driver might hit an object or another vehicle—sometimes multiple cars. All motorists should be careful to adjust if heavy winds hit.
Many changing road conditions are not related to the weather. For example, construction zones can increase the risk of accidents. Drivers should slow down in work zones to keep themselves and others safe.
Road construction can also make roads uneven or leave debris that’s unsafe for drivers. If motorists don’t slow down and drive carefully in construction areas, they can easily cause accidents.
Heavy traffic can also present a hazard to those all drivers. Some motorists fail to heed changing traffic conditions. For example, they might speed or drive recklessly, putting others at risk.
If another driver’s failure to adjust to conditions caused your accident, contact a car accident lawyer today. You could be entitled to full compensation for your costs. Get a free consultation with John Foy & Associates by calling (404) 400-4000.
Proving Another Driver Was at Fault
According to Georgia Code § 40-6-180, drivers must go at a “reasonable and prudent” speed based on current conditions. That includes being aware of any “actual and potential hazards” that exist.
A driver who doesn’t adjust to current conditions is negligent. In legal terms, negligence means a lack of care towards others. If the negligent driver causes an accident, they are responsible for the damages.
A driver might fail to heed changing conditions because of:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Failure to yield
- Not signaling before merging
- Driving too fast for conditions
If the other driver is at fault, you can file a personal injury claim with their insurance company. Your claim will need to show that the driver was negligent in your accident. Reach out to an experienced lawyer for help building your claim.
Compensation for Your Car Accident
Your injury claim should outline your damages. Personal injury damages are any losses you have from the accident, including:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Vehicle repairs or replacement
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
It’s important to know all of your damages before filing your claim. For example, see a doctor soon and complete all medical treatment. If you’ll need ongoing treatment, your lawyer can help you estimate your future costs.
Your injury claim should show how the other driver was at fault and what they owe you in compensation. Also, be prepared for pushback from the insurance company. You will likely get a lowball settlement offer.
A car accident lawyer can help if the insurance company tries to offer less than you deserve. They’ll communicate and negotiate with the adjuster on your behalf. The goal is to get you the fullest compensation possible.
Don’t Miss the Statute of Limitations
According to Georgia Code § 9-3-33, you typically have two years from the accident date to file a claim. If you wait too long, you could lose your chance of any compensation.
Reach out to a car accident lawyer today to know your options. They can make sure you file within the statute of limitations for your area.
Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers Today for Legal Help
If a driver caused your accident after failing to adjust to changing weather or road conditions, they could be responsible for your costs. You shouldn’t have to pay for another driver’s carelessness.
John Foy & Associates has been helping accident victims for over 20 years. We know how to build a strong claim and fight for your rights. Plus, we do not charge a fee unless we win you compensation.
To get a free consultation today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.