One of the many reasons we love living in Florida is to take advantage of the temperate weather all year long, even while our northern neighbors are shoveling snow from their driveways. With year-round sunshine and warm temperatures that allow for outdoor activities in winter, Florida offers something that many people in colder states envy.
However, any Floridian who has spent significant time in this state can attest that despite the generally nice weather, Florida is also home to some extreme conditions. Afternoon thunderstorms are routine, and when it rains it pours — sometimes resulting in accidents caused by bad weather conditions and poor visibility.
So how does bad weather affect auto accidents in Florida? What if it plays a role when two cars collide?
Here at Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, our knowledgeable Tampa car accident lawyers are here to answer these questions about more.
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Weather conditions can cause or contribute to car accidents in many different ways. Whenever you’re involved in a wreck (regardless of if it was caused by bad weather or human error), insurance companies will usually investigate the cause. For starters, they might review photographs and other evidence from the scene to gain insight into what happened, allowing the insurance provider to piece together the facts.
From there, the insurance company will usually try to figure out who was negligent by looking at the police report and viewing other evidence. Drivers are expected to behave in a reasonable manner, and if they fail to do so they can be held responsible for any injuries suffered by another party. There are many facts that can show that one driver (or the other) was negligent during the course of the accident.
To determine negligence, first one must understand the duty of care that every driver owes to all other people on the road. Drivers must act in a responsible manner at all times. This means that when the weather is bad, drivers are expected to exercise extra caution.
For example, you might argue that the cause of the accident was the water on the road that caused you to hydroplane. While this may be true, a jury could conclude that you were going too fast for the weather conditions. Bad weather can play a role in determining what duty of care is needed out on the roadway.
Ultimately, bad weather is just one factor. If you happen to be the victim in a car accident and another driver didn’t take the necessary precautions in low visibility conditions by slowing down, then you may be able to recover damages on this basis through their insurance company.
A good lawyer will be able to argue in your favor, showing that since the weather was bad the other driver failed to behave in a reasonable manner that would avoid an accident.
Car accident cases are complicated enough, and this is even more so when bad weather is involved. An experienced accident attorney at Tragos, Sartes & Tragos will fight on your behalf to ensure that you get the recovery you deserve, taking into account the impact of the conditions.
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