Weather-Related Auto Accidents

weather related accident

Severe weather is dangerous for anybody who is on the road. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, bad weather coupled with bar road conditions factor into almost 500,000 accidents and 2,000 traffic fatalities annually. Here are some recommendations from the Provo lawyers at Howard, Lewis & Petersen for driving in bad weather conditions. 

  • Keep an emergency bundle in your car with things like blankets, warm clothing, flares, a flashlight, bandages and some food.
  • Be sure that your tires are not worn, and keep them properly inflated.
  • Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning. Never warm a vehicle up on an enclosed garage.
  • Make sure that your windshield wiper blades are in good condition, and your cleaner reservoir is full.

As experienced Provo personal injury attorneys, we can confirm that every accident in the area is preventable. Whether it’s snow, ice or rain, drivers have a duty to use due care and caution for their own personal safety and the safety of others. For purposes of bad weather situations, that duty might require you to drive well below the speed limit to maintain control of your vehicle and being able to slow down or stop. 

You may be ready for driving in bad weather, but always remember that many drivers are not. Keep an eye out of them. If you are injured a crash that was caused by one of those types of drivers, don’t give any type of a statement to the opposing insurance company. Utah law doesn’t require you to do so. Instead, contact our Provo accident attorneys right away, and arrange for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. We are going to listen closely to your version of events, and after that, we will answer your questions. Then, you will be advised of your full range of legal options. Bad weather and bad drivers are a dangerous combination.

Posted February 19th, 2019