Weather can be quite dangerous. Natural calamities — such as tornadoes — gain a significant amount of media attention and coverage for their life-threatening power. Nevertheless, weather-related car accidents are far more deadly than annual large-scale weather calamities combined, according to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Following a weather-related car accident, you might be uncertain of what to do. If you are involved in an accident with another car, it might not be clear who is the at-fault party or whether you are eligible to receive compensation for your injuries or damages. Contact a Houston Car Accident Lawyer at Husain Law & Associates, P.C., to determine how legal assistance can help you during this confusing time.
According to data gathered by DOT between 2005 and 2014, over 5,748,000 car accidents occur, annually. Of these accidents, about 1,259,000 are associated with hazardous weather — including wind, ice, snow, fog, and rain. In total, these weather-related accidents cause up to 5,900 deaths annually, which is a significant concern.
Comparing these fatalities to natural disaster statistics illustrates that weather-related automotive accidents cause more deaths than initially presumed. The 10-year average for people killed every year due to large-scale weather disasters in the U.S. is 375. Typically, the number of weather-related accidents is 15 times more than the number of annual fatalities caused by natural disasters.
When driving during bad weather, drivers need to be extra cautious to avoid involvement in an accident. The fog, snow, and rain are notorious for causing reduced visibility or creating slippery driving conditions. To protect themselves while on the road, drivers should:
These simple preventive measures are vital to avoiding bad weather accidents. They can also save you a lot of cash, frustration, and potentially, your life.
Regardless of how careful you are behind the wheel, others may not be as cautious. Immediately after a weather-related car accident, you should contact your local authorities. If it’s continuously raining, snowing, or very cold, it’s safer to remain in your vehicle until help arrives; the bad weather may aggravate any sustained injuries.
Furthermore, the reduced visibility during bad weather heightens the risk of other drivers not seeing you and possibly causing another car accident.
If you sustain injuries in a weather-related car accident, you should reach out to a Houston Car Accident Lawyer at Husain Law & Associates, P.C. The highly experienced legal team will investigate the incident and gather the necessary information to prove the other driver’s fault.
The attorneys will help you file for the necessary insurance claims, and if the claim is denied, aggressively appeal that decision. If your case necessitates filing a personal injury claim in court, they will help you attain fair compensation. To schedule a free consultation, call Husain Law Firm today.