Representing Injured People

Why you should not blame the weather for a car crash

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2021 | Uncategorized

Most parts of the country get adverse weather conditions at some point. If you live in the Baytown area, you do not need to worry about snow, yet fog, strong winds and heavy rain can be an issue.

Poor weather often leads to an increase in vehicle collisions. People run into each other when fog or rain reduces visibility. Someone planes across water pooled in a downpour and careers into another vehicle. Or a driver swerves into the path of another vehicle while trying to avoid a tree the storm felled. Yet, that does not mean the weather was to blame for the crash.

3 reasons drivers cause crashes

While the weather can play a factor, most collisions come down to human error. Here are some reasons the other driver may have hit you:

  • They were distracted: If a tree had been lying on the road for anything more than a few seconds, an alert driver should have noticed it in time to take avoiding action. If they needed to swerve at the last minute, they were probably distracted.
  • They did not maintain their car: Stopping takes longer with worn brake pads or tires or when brake fluid is low. A driver who fails to keep their vehicle in optimal condition endangers the lives of others and themself.
  • They were going too fast for the conditions: Drivers who set out when the forecast is rough need to ensure they adjust their driving to cope.

Finding out the human cause of a car crash reduces the chance the other driver and the insurance company restrict the compensation you get by blaming your injuries on the weather.