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Auto Accidents and Poor Weather Conditions

By Sean Burke on November 28, 2014

Two motorists talk after a car accidentThe Law Offices of Sean M. Burke has helped clients throughout the greater Orange County area with their legal needs. Given how many cars are on the road in Southern California, it should come as no surprise that a number of the cases we've taken involve motor vehicle collisions. Serious auto accidents can cause lasting injuries and can change lives forever, which is why having skilled lawyers on your side is so important.

Poor Weather Shouldn't Be Taken for Granted

Even though the weather in California has been generally dry this year, any kind of inclement weather shouldn't be taken for granted. A wet road or other kinds of problems with the weather could prove especially dangerous or disastrous for motorists, which is why you need to be careful behind the wheel at all times.

Rain Can Make Commuting Difficult

When it rains in Southern California, it's welcome given the drought conditions statewide. As for road conditions, that's another story. A wet and slippery road means reduced traction for vehicle tires. Skidding can occur, and if there are flooded sections of a road, it's possible for vehicles to hydroplane and lose control.

Snow and Ice Make Roads Extremely Dangerous

If you're driving up into the mountains to ski or snowboard, you know how dangerous ice and snow can be. Icy roads mean very little traction for car tires, making it easier for vehicles to lose control. Even if a car is stopped, ice on the road can make it slide a long way.

Fog Means You Need to Take Things Slow

Rain, ice, and snow may not be a problem most times in Southern California, but fog can make things problematic for motorists. Visibility becomes limited, meaning there's a greater likelihood of crashes from drivers who aren't being cautious, particularly rear end collisions.

Tips for Traveling In Poor Weather

When the weather is bad or looks like it's going to be bad, here are a few pointers to keep you safe:

  • Check for weather updates on the news to determine road conditions
  • Drive slower than usual and with added caution to account for the bad weather
  • Account for added travel time when driving in bad weather
  • Make sure you have good tire tread and that tires are properly inflated
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are good and work properly
  • For traveling in ice and snow, use chains for added traction
  • Use fog lights while driving in a fog and avoid shining your high beams

How Our Auto Accident Lawyers Can Help You

If you are involved in an auto accident that was caused by the negligence of another motorist, our legal team will hold that motorist accountable for any injuries or property damage.

Sometimes weather-related accidents are the fault of road design or local officials who have not properly maintained a road. In such cases, our attorneys will hold these negligent authorities responsible for injuries and the danger that they've subjected others to.

In addition to the above matters, auto parts manufacturers may have put faulty items on the market, such as defective tires or ineffective windshield wipers. We will assist in filing a product liability lawsuit in such cases to bring those companies to justice.

Learn More About Your Legal Options After an Auto Accident

To learn more about your legal options following a serious injury or accident, be sure to contact our personal injury attorneys today. The team here at The Law Offices of Sean M. Burke will discuss all of your legal options in full detail so that you can make wise decisions regarding your legal options.

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