Snow, ice, heavy rain, fog and other poor weather conditions contribute to many car crashes. When a collision occurs under these conditions, it can be difficult to determine fault. However, drivers still have the responsibility to operate their vehicles in a safe manner under any conditions, so if you were injured in a bad-weather collision, you may still be eligible to seek compensation for the damages you sustained.
The car collision lawyers in Silver Spring at Goldberg Finnegan know how to handle cases that involve questions of liability. Contact our team today to learn about your possible legal options in a free consultation.
Questions to Ask
After a weather-related collision, an investigation into the cause and contributing factors of the crash may be initiated by the insurance adjuster and your car collision lawyer. There are many questions to consider during this investigation:
- Was the other driver driving too fast for the weather conditions?
- Was the other driver speeding, drunk or distracted?
- Was the road relatively clear?
- Was the other driver driving in an irresponsible manner?
Once we determine the cause of your collision, we can determine if you may be eligible for compensation, such as:
- Property damage
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Drivers always have a legal duty to drive in a responsible manner. This means they must follow the speed limit, obey the rules of the road and take steps to prevent collisions. When inclement weather is involved, drivers must adjust their speed and drive more cautiously. Even though an icy or wet road may contribute to the crash, the insurance company may determine the driver was at fault for not using extra care to avoid a collision. The insurance company will determine fault by reviewing all the circumstances related to your collision.
In some situations, both drivers may lose control of their vehicles and collide. Both drivers may be found at fault in this type of scenario. Under Maryland’s strict contributory negligence system, if the victim was negligent to any degree, he or she is not entitled to any compensation, even if he or she was only one percent responsible for the collision. Because of these strict rules, it is important that collision victims discuss the situation with an experienced lawyer who can determine if you share fault for the crash.
Preparing for Winter
Before heading out on icy or snowy roads, be sure you review our tips on preparing for winter weather. Some quick reminders include:
- Check the pressure on your tires on a weekly basis, including your spare tire
- Examine tread depth on your tires and replace them with tires designed for slick roads when necessary
- Switch to winter windshield wipers and washer fluid
- Have your battery tested to see if it will hold up for the winter
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent moisture from forming in the gas line and freezing
- Pack an emergency kit with jumper cables, a flash light, ice scraper, blankets, spare clothing, medication and bottled water
When driving on winter roads, it is important that you practice defensive driving to prevent a collision. These strategies can help you avoid a crash in icy weather:
- Stay focused on the road
- Avoid distractions
- Remain alert
- Stay a few seconds behind the nearest vehicle
- Drive at a safe speed
- Adapt to road conditions
Call to Discuss Your Claim
At Goldberg Finnegan, our car collision lawyers are dedicated to helping you secure maximum compensation for the damages you suffered in a winter-weather crash. If you have a valid claim, we are ready to work tirelessly to help you recover. We provide a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the circumstances surrounding your claim and your legal options.