Accidents During Rainy Weather
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, of the approximately 5.7 million automobile accidents that occur in the United States each year, 22 percent are weather related. Contrary to popular belief, snow is generally not a significant contributor to vehicle crashes. Only 17 percent occur during snow or sleet and 14 percent occur due to icy pavement. Based on NOAA National Climatic Data Center data, Georgia is the 7th wettest state in the country and the 5th wettest during the summer months. Therefore, statistically, Georgia drivers have a relatively high chance of being involved in an automobile accident.
Based on the Köppen Climate Classification System, most of the state is classified as a humid, subtropical region. In fact, Georgia averages between 45 and 75 inches of rain per year. This translates to wet roads and slick pavements that can be lightning rods for automobile accidents.
Determining Fault After a Wet-Weather Accident
Aside from turning on their windshield wipers, few drivers pay attention to wet conditions while operating a vehicle. But if an accident occurs while it’s raining, you can be assured that insurance companies will try to determine who was at fault. Drivers are expected to use extra caution while driving in the rain, snow, or sleet, but if the insurance company determines that one driver was not cautious in such conditions, he or she will be held responsible for the accident. If both drivers were cautious, on the other hand, both may be held liable for the accident.
The following factors are taken into consideration when determining fault after an accident occurs during inclement weather:
- The severity of the inclement weather at the time of the accident. How wet were the roads?
- The car’s condition at the time of the accident. Were the headlights working properly? Were the windshield wipers working properly? When was the last time the wipers were changed? Was the taillight functioning properly? What about the brake lights? Was the car aligned properly? These are all questions that are asked when determining fault after an accident happens in inclement weather.
- The driver’s familiarity with the road. A driver who has less familiarity with the road would be more likely to get into an accident.
- Certain signs at the scene of the accident. Skid marks, damage to guard rails, and similar signs can be telling.
- Whether the driver was distracted. Was she texting or talking on her phone? Was she trying to find a good song on the radio? Was she putting on makeup?
- Whether or not the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Contacting a Kennesaw Georgia Auto Accident Lawyer
If you were involved in an automobile accident that occurred during inclement weather, you need an attorney who will investigate the circumstances and build a winning case. As mentioned, many factors are considered when determining fault after a wet-weather accident. Don’t settle for what the insurance company offers you. Get the compensation you deserve. Call the Atlanta area trial attorneys at Williams Elleby for a free consultation. They can be reached at 833 – LEGALGA.