How Inclement Weather Affects a Car Accident Claim

Lever & Ecker, PLLC December 14, 2022 Car Accidents

While car accidents occur all too frequently on New York’s busy streets and highways, collisions become even more common during inclement weather. Hazardous weather conditions such as ice, fog, or heavy rain can make roads slick and less visible. When driving in these conditions, it is essential to exercise extra caution to avoid accidents. However, when collisions occur, many victims are unsure of how the weather conditions will affect their case. 

If you suffered injuries in an inclement weather accident in New York, you deserve compensation for the full extent of your injuries and other losses. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our skilled White Plains car accident attorneys have over 65 years of combined experience advocating for New Yorkers’ rights and interests. When you retain our services, you can trust us to fight aggressively for justice and the maximum compensation available on your behalf. 

Establishing Negligence in an Inclement Weather Car Accident Claim

No driver can control the weather. However, they are expected to know how to adapt to inclement driving conditions. When drivers do not exercise proper caution during hazardous weather conditions, they may be found negligent in the event of an accident. Some common examples of negligence in New York inclement weather accident lawsuits include the following:

  • Any driving behaviors that would also be unacceptable during clear conditions
  • Driving a vehicle with maintenance issues such as bald tires or faulty brakes
  • Driving without taking into account the hazardous weather conditions
  • Failing to turn on the vehicle’s headlights
  • Following other vehicles too closely
  • Speeding or driving too fast for slick roads or poor visibility

While drivers typically are the negligent party in inclement weather car accident claims, hazardous weather car accidents can also be caused by poor road design and maintenance. An experienced car accident attorney can thoroughly investigate your case to hold all parties accountable for your injuries, including, where applicable, government entities. 

Evidence That Can Support Your Inclement Weather Car Accident Claim

Although evidence is essential in any car accident claim, it is vital for inclement weather accidents. Since weather events like storms or icy conditions pass within a matter of days, or even hours, investigating these accidents is complex. Evidence can establish the exact weather conditions during the accident and show how they may have impacted your accident.

A few pieces of evidence that can support your case include the following:

  • Expert witness analysis
  • Weather reports
  • Eyewitness testimony, including your own
  • Photos and videos of the weather conditions and accident scene
  • Photos of the vehicles involved in the accident
  • Police reports
  • Cell phone records

At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our attorneys have over six decades of experience investigating car accident claims and collecting evidence to hold negligent parties fully accountable for their clients’ injuries and other losses. 

Consult with an Experienced New York Car Accident Attorney at Lever & Ecker, PLLC

If you have suffered injuries in an inclement weather car accident, you deserve to have an aggressive attorney in your corner. The experienced attorneys at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, have a proven track record of over 65 years securing considerable results for victims. We pride ourselves on taking a personalized approach to every case to ensure each clients’ unique needs are addressed. Our award-winning attorneys are ready to go to trial when necessary to protect your rights, interests, and the total value of the claim. 

To schedule a free consultation with an award-winning car accident attorney, call us today at (914) 288-9191 or complete our contact form.

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