Weather-Related Car Accidents
While no one can control the weather, people can control how they drive during poor weather conditions. Unfortunately, some drivers do not slow down when facing low visibility or slick roads, and the combination of inclement weather and careless driving can lead to car accidents. If you were involved in a vehicle crash, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Eric Beasley is a seasoned Nashville car accident attorney who can assess the circumstances surrounding your harm and advise you of your options for pursuing damages. Mr. Beasley is available to represent people in lawsuits arising out of weather-related car accidents throughout Middle Tennessee.Car Accidents in Foggy or Rainy Conditions
Weather conditions can make it difficult to safely navigate a car. For example, when fog reduces visibility, drivers may not be able recognize hazards on the road ahead of them in time. Such dangers may include stopped cars on a highway or an unexpected curve in the road. Similarly, winter road conditions, such as rain, ice or snow, can affect visibility and make roadways slippery, with ice posing a unique danger because it can be invisible.Filing a Lawsuit Following a Weather-Related Car Accident
When a person suffers injuries in a car accident, a variety of factors will affect whether the person can recover compensation and who may be liable for the person’s harm. Regardless of the underlying cause of an accident, to recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit, a plaintiff will generally have to prove that a defendant acted negligently. In Tennessee, this requires the plaintiff to demonstrate that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to act with reasonable care in consideration of the circumstances, but that the defendant’s behavior breached the duty owed. The plaintiff must also show that the breach caused the plaintiff to suffer measurable harm. In other words, in a car accident case, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s actions or failure to act caused the accident, and if the accident had not occurred, the plaintiff would not have been injured.
If the defendant is a driver involved in the accident, he or she may argue that the accident was caused by the weather and not negligent driving. In such cases, the plaintiff will have to obtain evidence showing that the defendant’s driving was unsafe, given the weather conditions, and therefore the defendant’s driving was the actual cause of the accident. For example, if the plaintiff can show that the defendant was driving too fast for the conditions present at the time of the accident, or following too closely behind another driver, the plaintiff may be able to establish liability. Similarly, if the defendant did not take steps to ensure he or she had adequate visibility prior to driving, such as defrosting or clearing his or her windshield, the defendant may be found negligent as well. A dedicated car accident lawyer can evaluate the facts of your case to determine any potential causes.
In some lawsuits arising out of weather-related car accidents, the entity responsible for designing or maintaining the road where the accident occurred will be named as a defendant. For example, if the roadway was poorly designed, resulting in the pooling of water or patches of ice, the party that designed the road may be negligent. Likewise, if a party responsible for clearing ice or snow from a road failed to do so in a timely manner, it may constitute negligence as well.Confer with an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Nashville
Car accidents frequently occur in poor weather conditions when drivers fail to adjust their speed in response to diminished visibility and poor road conditions. If you were injured in a car accident, it is prudent to confer with an attorney to discuss what damages you may be able to recover. Eric Beasley is experienced at helping people injured in vehicle collisions in Tennessee pursue compensation for their harm, and he will zealously advocate on your behalf. Mr. Beasley has an office in Goodlettsville, and he is available to represent people in lawsuits arising out of car accidents in Nashville, as well as in Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, Lebanon, and Murfreesboro. Mr. Beasley also assists parties in lawsuits in cities located in Davidson, Sumner, Rutherford, Williamson, Wilson, and Robertson Counties, and throughout Middle Tennessee. You can contact Mr. Beasley through the online form or at (800) 431-2768 to schedule a meeting.