Changing weather or changing road conditions are bound to happen, especially in Texas—where each season brings a different kind of weather danger. As drivers, many of us have encountered these situations and have been able to navigate them safely without causing an accident. But drivers who fail to change how they are driving when severe weather strikes or road conditions change could put all of us in danger.
Suppose another driver hit you during a severe weather event. In that case, that person may be responsible for compensating you for your damages in a settlement negotiation or personal injury lawsuit. A Houston accident caused by failure to heed changing weather or road conditions lawyer from our team can help you navigate the legal process and determine whether you have a claim against someone who caused you physical and financial harm.
Call the Strong Arm of Loncar Lyon Jenkins and get the legal guidance you want at (800) 777-7777. We represent clients on a contingency-fee-basis, which means we do not take an upfront payment.
ROAD CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
Although we cannot control the weather, we can control how we respond when things change suddenly on the road. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to take the necessary precautions when there is inclement weather.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) performed a 10-year study on how weather impacts traffic accidents. The results show just how serious changing weather conditions can be. They determined that wet pavement, heavy rain, and fog are all significant deterrents to safe driving.
This is also true for sudden road hazards. This can include things like:
- Cargo that has fallen off a truck into the middle of the highway,
- Trash spread across the roadway, and
- Another accident that the driver approaches.
ASSIGNING FAULT IN ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CHANGING WEATHER OR ROAD CONDITIONS
Just because the weather turns bad, drivers are not excused from acting safely and keeping other motorist’s well-being in mind. Drivers in Texas have to pay attention to the weather and adjust their driving accordingly if things start to get dangerous.
If there is torrential rain, drivers should slow down even if it means going below the speed limit. If a driver does not heed the dangerous weather and make the right adjustments to their driving, they may be responsible for any accidents that they cause.
Loncar Lyon Jenkins’ lawyers will collect evidence to support your case and work with experts to help you pursue a financial award. A member of our team is waiting to offer you a no-obligation, confidential consultation. Call (800) 777-7777 now.
HOW ANOTHER DRIVER MIGHT BE LIABLE FOR YOUR INJURIES
Some signs that a driver has failed to adjust their driving to cope with weather or road condition changes include
- Excessive speeding
- Aggressive driving
- Frequent lane changes
You can refer to a police report prepared after your crash to see whether any weather conditions or road hazards were involved in the accident. An accident reconstructionist expert can also look at everything involved with the accident to figure out if weather or a road hazard was part of the cause of the crash.
If it sounds like severe weather or road conditions were part of the accident you experienced, then you may make a claim against the person who caused the crash to happen. A Houston accident caused by failure to heed changing weather or road condition lawyer can investigate your potential case and represent you in pursuing compensation.
WHAT YOU NEED TO PROVE
To recover compensation from the driver who caused the accident, there are four things that you need to prove:
- The driver owed you a duty of care,
- The driver did not drive according to that duty,
- This failure caused your injuries, and
- You were hurt physically and/or financially as a result.
Texas law also requires that you file your claim within two years, according to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003. If you do not file your claim within this time frame, then you lose your right to pursue compensation from the person who caused the accident. If you are unsure about when your accident may have happened and how much time has passed, a personal injury lawyer can help you figure it out.
YOU COULD RECOVER A VARIETY OF DAMAGES FOR YOUR LOSSES
Many different types of injuries can happen as the result of a changing weather or road condition accident. This includes everything from cuts, burns, and severe bruising to traumatic brain injuries and broken bones. If the injuries are severe, you may not be able to go to work or perform some of your normal day-to-day responsibilities.
You may also need the following to get better:
- In-depth medical treatment
All of these things add up to serious expenses that you should not have to cover on your own. An accident victim needs to start seeing a doctor as soon as possible. This way they can get a complete workup of the injuries that happened because of the accident. Keep records of your treatment and receipts for every expense that you have had to pay due to the accident.
Good records can help you ensure that you receive a fair amount of compensation from the person who caused your accident. A Houston accident caused by failure to heed changing weather or road condition lawyer can go over the types of expenses you should be keeping track of and understand what you are eligible to receive after the accident.
COUNT ON OUR TEAM IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME
Our team is available to help you understand how this may apply to your situation. It can be overwhelming to think about legal action when you are trying to heal your injuries and manage the other disruptions in your life that the accident created.
Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today for a free consultation to learn more about your potential case. Dial (800) 777-7777.