It's no surprise that the frequency of motor vehicle accidents increases during the fall and winter seasons. Adverse weather and poor road conditions are common causes for these accidents. If you were injured in a vehicle accident where weather was a factor, being able to recall conditions will be helpful in settling your insurance claim or litigation. We've mentioned in previous posts the importance of recording facts and details of a vehicle accident. Here are some weather related observations you should make if you were injured in an accident where weather played a role.
The temperature outside can shed light on a number of circumstances that may have led to the accident. For example, black ice often results from a sudden drop in temperature. Similarly, Road conditions on bridges, overpasses, or other structures are negatively impacted by low temperatures. Knowing how cold it was outside can help put the pieces together and determine not only what happened, but why.
Each season brings with it dangerous road conditions. For example, accidents occurring in late fall can result from wet leaves accumulating on the road. These can become slippery and reduce a vehicle’s traction. Poorly treated winter roads can have the same effect; it is possible that hard packed ice under a fresh layer of snow could create ideal conditions for a collision.
Time of day
Following the annual Fall Equinox, days grow shorter her and darkness falls earlier. Couple that with inclement weather such as snowstorms or heavy rains, and visibility quickly becomes a key factor in a vehicle accident. When recalling the facts about an accident, be sure to qualify the time that it happened with how dark it was at the time of the accident.
No one wants to be in a vehicle accident, but unfortunately they are sometimes unavoidable. If you were in an accident where weather conditions played a role, you deserve fair compensation for your injuries and any damage done to your vehicle. To learn more about what you can do following a vehicle accident injury, contact us.