The ability to successfully pursue a motor vehicle crash claim depends on the nature of the accident. If you were hit by another vehicle and suffered serious injuries, there is a definite possibility that you will be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim. While the driver who caused the accident may blame the weather, the reality is that he or she may have been driving too fast for conditions.
Heavy rainfall can impact visibility. It may make roads slippery, increasing braking distance. Drivers need to take this into account. They may not be able to drive the speed limit in pouring rain or in flood conditions. If they do, and they cause an auto accident, they should be held accountable.
There may even be circumstances in which a victim of a single-car accident can pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. For example, if a road defect caused water to collect unnaturally, creating dangerous driving conditions, a claim may be filed against the government entity charged with maintaining the road. Similarly, if defective tires, defective brakes or other defective auto parts prevented safe driving for the weather conditions, the auto manufacturer may be liable.
At Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C., we encourage victims of rain-related, flood-related and other weather-related car accidents to discuss their situations with a lawyer at our law firm. We are happy to review cases for free and explain all available options.