In recent days, Travis and Williamson Counties have seen quite a lot of rain, with more storms on the way. When the weather is bad outside, drivers have a responsibility to take defensive measures and to not drive in a way that a reasonable person would consider dangerous. However, this does not always happen - traffic accidents occur very commonly, in fact, killing more annually than large-scale weather disasters like tornadoes. If you are involved in a car accident where you suspect that rain has been a factor, it can be difficult to establish liability, but certainly not impossible. An experienced attorney can also be of help in your seeking compensation.
Bad Weather Plays A Big Role
Accidents are very common after it has rained or snowed, as one might imagine; wet pavement plays a role in as many as 70 percent of weather-related accidents, according to Federal Highway Safety Administration (FHSA) data, with rainfall specifically playing a role in nearly half the number. Every aspect of driving can, in theory, be affected by wet pavement or rainfall - visibility, stopping distance, and all the other factors are vastly inferior to their dry-weather counterparts. The injuries from this type of accident can be quite severe, as well, because it is so easy to lose control of one’s vehicle in bad weather, which in turn may prevent any kind of defensive measures.
If you are involved in a bad-weather accident, there are multiple potential causes, with only some of them being actionable. The commonly seen difficulty in this type of case is that it can be very hard to tell which factor was specifically the cause of your accident, and who, if anyone, should be held liable for it. Sometimes accidents simply happen despite everyone doing everything right, and it is very common for defendants to argue that your injuries resulted simply from bad luck. It is important to be able to refute this kind of argument in order to possibly receive damages from the defendant or defendants....