WHOSE FAULT IS IT WHEN WEATHER CAUSES A CAR CRASH?
Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2016 at 3:42 am
Last month a three-car crash shut down a portion of Sacramento’s Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets for hours as crews worked to free people for the wreckage and clear debris from the road. Investigators worked for hours trying to determine what caused the three vehicles to collide on the rain-slicked road. Firefighters had to cut one driver out of the mangled vehicle.
According to reports, no alcohol or drugs were found in the cars and the weather made it difficult to determine the direction the vehicles involved in the car crash were traveling.
Who Was At Fault for Your Car Crash?
It is unknown which driver, if any of the drivers, was ticketed for the car crash. Because the roads were slick from recent rains, the weather could have played a role in the accident. When this happens, determining if any of the drivers were negligent or careless is crucial for a personal injury case. In order to hold another driver responsible for damages from a car accident, you must prove that the driver was at fault for the collision.
When weather is involved, this can make determining and proving fault a complex task. Hiring an experienced Sacramento car accident attorney as soon as possible is your best chance of receiving the compensation you may be entitled to receive for your injuries.
An experienced car accident attorney understands the important of an immediate, thorough, and comprehensive accident investigation. Evidence must be identified and preserved in order to prove your case. In many cases, the attorney will retain the services of an accident reconstructionist and other experts to prove that one or more of the drivers contributed to the collision. Even though roads may be slick from rain, drivers who are speeding, following to close for conditions, executing improper lane changes, or driving recklessly can and should be held accountable for their actions.
If the insurance company for the at-fault driver refuses to accept responsibility and pay a fair and just settlement, injury victims may have no choice but to litigate the matter. The way to hold drivers who fail to take proper precautions to avoid accidents in inclement weather is to file a personal injury lawsuit.
If you have been injured by a reckless or careless driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation for damages including but not limited to:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages, income, compensation, benefits, and opportunities
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Funeral expenses in the case of a death
- Loss of support, love, guidance, and consortium
- Physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional suffering
- Permanent disabilities including scarring and disfigurement
Our Sacramento personal injury law firm routinely handles cases similar to the above case. Our attorneys have the skills, resources, and knowledge to help you recover the compensation you need as you try to get back to your life after a tragic car accident.
Contact a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney
Contact Tiemann Law Firm by calling (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website to schedule your free legal consultation. You are under no obligation to retain our firm — we only want to have the chance to meet with you, discuss your case, and offer our legal advice regarding your options under California’s personal injury laws.