Changes in the weather should trigger changes in the way that motorists drive. Whether it is heavy rain, snowfall, high winds, or another potentially-hazardous weather phenomenon, those who operate a vehicle must drive more conservatively when the weather becomes hazardous. Those who drive in a downpour the same way they do under sunny skies could put other motorists at risk and may have caused you or a loved one to suffer serious injuries.
If you were injured because a motorist failed to adjust to the weather, then an Arlington failure to heed changing weather or road condition accident lawyer could fight for the awards you deserve. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878 for a free consultation about our services.
Weather Is a True Hazard in Texas
The National Safety Council (NSC) explains that Texas experienced more weather-related deaths between 2014 and 2019 than any other state. This figure is a tragic testament to the prevalence of extreme weather in the state of Texas, Arlington included.
Those who are driving motor vehicles during dangerous weather may be vulnerable. Motorists may have several available options to preserve their safety when inclement weather occurs, including:
- Pulling to the side of the road and turning on hazard lights
- Pulling into a rest area or parking lot
- Driving as slowly as possible in the right-hand lane
The choice to continue driving is the motorist’s choice, and they may therefore be responsible for any harm they cause when driving in poor weather conditions. Motorists must be aware of how certain types of weather impact roads in order to adjust their driving habits appropriately.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) notes that certain types of weather may negatively affect driving conditions by:
- Reducing visibility
- Blowing debris into the roadway
- Reducing a tire’s friction on the pavement, which may increase the likelihood of slipping, hydroplaning, and failing to stop effectively
- Damaging road-related infrastructure
- Submerging lanes to become in water or snow
Dangerous weather is never good news for drivers, and they must control their driving in a way that reflects the heightened dangers of driving in poor weather. Failing to do so could cause accidents, injuries, and even deaths.
Reducing Speed and Other Bad-Weather Driving Behaviors
Motorists must not drive in poor weather the same way that they might in clear conditions. The first thing that a motorist should do when bad weather arises is to reduce their speed. Other steps they may take include:
- Turning on hazard lights to improve the visibility of their vehicle to other motorists
- Turning on headlights
- Increasing the distance between the vehicle in front of them, as stopping may take longer in poor weather conditions
- Using windshield wipers, de-fogging devices, and other weather-related vehicle features
- Avoiding all distractions
Motorists may also take precautions before they begin driving to account for poor weather. This may include checking that weather-related vehicle features such as windshield wipers are in good working condition.
Any motorist who does not take reasonable steps to avoid causing an accident in poor weather may be held financially responsible for the losses they cause. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878 to find out how an Arlington failure to heed changing weather or road condition accident lawyer can help you after an accident.
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A Lawyer Will Guide Your Case for Awards
As the victim of a motorist who failed to adjust their driving to changing weather or road conditions, you may be injured. You may be experiencing physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms of your accident and may not be up to the task of completing an insurance claim or lawsuit.
You do not have to consider the prospect of making your injuries or mental state worse because of stress brought on by completing a claim or lawsuit. A lawyer can handle these tasks on your behalf, seeing the process of seeking compensation through until it is complete.
A lawyer will do everything they can complete your case for awards, including but not limited to:
- Filing your claim or lawsuit
- Speaking with witnesses to your accident
- Hiring experts to recreate your accident
- Filing any other paperwork necessary to complete your claim or lawsuit
- Determining how great your losses are and how much compensation you deserve
- Handling all legal or insurance-related all responsibilities necessary to complete your claim or lawsuit
- Documenting your injuries and other accident-related losses
- Negotiating compensation on your behalf
You may receive compensation for your losses through a settlement provided by insurance, a pre-trial settlement stemming from a lawsuit, or a judgment that comes after a trial. Your lawyer will keep you updated on all material developments in your case and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Awards that You May Receive
The awards you could be eligible for will likely be based on the severity of the losses from your accident.
Some compensable losses are:
- Lost income
- Diminished earning power
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- The cost of medical care for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation for your injuries
- The cost of care for psychological and emotional trauma
- The great cost of losing a loved one, which may be both economic and non-economic
If you have suffered a negative consequence because of an accident in Arlington, then your lawyer will fight for fair compensation in return.
Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins Today
Calling Loncar Lyon Jenkins means calling in the Strong Arm to lead your case for compensation. Our team will fight to secure the compensation you deserve.
Contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878 for a free consultation about hiring an Arlington failure to heed changing weather or road condition accident lawyer.