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How is Someone Negligent in a Crash in the Rain?

Bad weather or not, car accidents are bound to happen. Even in perfect conditions, traffic is a lot to deal with. When you add on heavy rain, you are now faced with conditions that heighten the possibility of car accidents. Drivers who aren’t familiar with driving safely in rainy conditions often panic and may have an increased risk of getting into a car accident. The question is, in heavy rain, who is responsible for the accident?

Can My Car Accident Claim be Denied For Bad Weather?

Proving negligence after a bad weather car accident can be difficult; it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. In order to receive compensation from the other driver, you must be able to prove they were responsible for the accident in some way, along with the damages and any injuries. If the insurance company can prove that the weather was the true cause of the accident, then each driver would be responsible for their damages.

Driver’s Duty of Care

As a driver, it’s your legal duty to be cautious and careful behind the wheel. The rain certainly can contribute to an accident, although it is ultimately the driver’s responsibility for what happens when driving. This means staying alert, remaining alert, and handling your vehicle in a way that doesn’t cause a threat to other drivers on the road.

When it’s raining or the road conditions are slippery, this doesn’t excuse your duty of care as a driver. You should take on a greater responsibility to drive safely in times like this. Things such as changing lanes abruptly, distracted driving, and speeding become even more dangerous and something you want to avoid. Failing to comply with your duty of care as a driver in bad weather conditions can cause you to become negligent for the accident. For example, suppose you are speeding in conditions that are not suitable for the speed you are going, such as heavy rains causing water to stand on the roads and a decreased visibility. In that case, it could be considered driving too fast for conditions.

Other ways you can become negligent for an accident in bad weather include:

  • Impaired driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Not using windshield wipers or headlights
  • Driving while tired
  • Not giving enough space between you and the other vehicle
  • Failure to use traffic signals or adhere to road signs

If you’ve been in a bad weather car accident, don't feel alone, we are here to help. Many other people have been in a similar situation and got the help they deserved.

Contact the skilled team at Vahdat & Aboudi, APLC. today to discuss the details of your case by calling (888) 523-1698 or by filling out the online contact form.