You could become involved in a motor vehicle crash for a plethora of reasons, from dangerous intersections to distracted drivers. However, it is important to understand the many ways in which weather contributes to traffic accidents and exercise caution if weather conditions deteriorate.
Regrettably, some reckless drivers fail to use common sense during poor weather and cause a devastating accident. For example, some drivers speed around turns when visibility is poor.
Traffic accident risks involving weather
The Federal Highway Administration provides information on various types of inclement weather and the traffic accident risks associated with driving during these conditions. Rain, ice and snow can affect a vehicle’s traction. Fog can impact visibility, and it can also lead to speed variance, which increases the probability of a collision.
In fact, wind can lead to a motor vehicle collision. For example, strong winds can blow tree branches and other debris onto the road, and wind can also whip up smoke and dust, interfering with a driver’s ability to see the road.
Many traffic collisions occur due to weather
The FHWA states that roughly 21% of all motor vehicle accidents involve weather. Weather-related traffic accidents lead to more than 418,000 people suffering injuries and almost 5,000 fatalities each year, on average. If you suffer an injury in a weather-related crash, or any other type of traffic accident, you could face significant medical expenses, pain and physical challenges that change your life in many ways.
If a driver’s negligence caused an accident during bad weather, or at any other time, you need to hold them answerable for their recklessness.