Bad Road Conditions and Traffic Accidents: Who’s Liable?

If you’re in a car accident in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida, one of the things you may first consider is the identity of the at-fault driver. In some cases, weather conditions seem to be the cause of the accident and you may wonder whether there is an at-fault driver at all or whether the entire collision can be blamed on bad weather.

Florida has lots of bad weather, including terrible storms, heavy rains, and other serious weather systems. If you’re injured in an accident in inclement weather, do you have a claim? Or is it just the conditions that are to blame?

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If you are in any car accident and are injured, it’s important to speak to a car accident attorney in Hollywood or your community, even if you’re not sure there is a liable party. You may assume that since there was bad weather the night or the day of your accident, you can’t get compensation for your injuries. This is not the case. There may still be the responsible parties in your situation. This is because:

  • Drivers are expected to slow down and adjust for the weather. This may mean slowing down to even below the posted speed limit. Drivers who tailgate, don’t lower their speed or otherwise drive recklessly can be held liable if their actions cause an accident and injury, even if weather played a role in the crash.
  • Cars should respond correctly in bad weather. Sometimes, bad weather conditions are made worse by the handling of the vehicle. If your brakes didn’t engage correctly or if your vehicle has a defect which prevented it from stopping as it should have in bad weather, the manufacturer of your car may still be held liable.
  • Motorists should take action if they cannot drive safely. If weather is truly bad, drivers may need to pull over because visibility is non-existent. If drivers choose to keep driving, even when they should not, they can be held liable if they cause a collision and injury.

In reality, it can be often difficult for a layperson to tell what has caused a traffic collision. If you have been injured in a traffic crash of any kind, it’s important to consult with an experienced car accident attorney in Hollywood. An attorney can work with accident construction experts, investigators and other professionals to determine all the causes of your accident and to uncover all liable parties. An attorney can negotiate with insurance carriers, can launch a claim, and can work with you to ensure you get the fair compensation you deserve.

If you need to speak to a personal injury attorney in Hollywood, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation. Our compassionate and caring legal team has a network of professional engineers, expert witnesses and other professionals to call on in these challenging cases to establish the chain of events which led to a crash. We have successfully represented thousands of injured parties and we have recovered tens of millions on behalf of people injured in car accidents, workplace injuries and other incidents. Your first consultation with us is free, so you risk nothing by getting facts about your potential case.

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