If you suffered injuries in a collision that happened because of another driver’s failure to heed changing weather or road conditions, you may be dealing with painful injuries that have left you unable to work, care for your family, and participate in activities you used to enjoy. You may be spending a lot of time at doctor’s appointments and physical therapy. The burden of your injuries, plus the loss of income, may have you feeling stressed and anxious about the future. The financial and emotional strain may be taking a toll on your entire family.
Posted speed limits reflect safe rates of speed, assuming normal weather and road conditions. Rain, fog, and other changes in weather can affect visibility, create slick and unsafe roads, and increase the risk of an accident. Drivers should adjust their speed to account for those conditions and to keep themselves and other people on the road safe. Nonetheless, many drivers fail to do so because they need or want to get somewhere at a specific time.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you seek a financial award to compensate you for your injuries. Call our office at (800) 794-0444 to discuss how another driver’s failure to heed changing weather or road conditions led to the accident that caused your injuries and to learn about your legal options.
How Drivers Should Respond to Changing Weather or Road Conditions
Drivers are expected to adjust their speed to account for bad weather, reduced visibility, traffic congestion, uneven road surfaces, narrow roads, and other conditions that could make driving hazardous, according to Sec. 22350 of the California Statutes.
Drivers often do not realize how dangerous those types of circumstances can be. A wet road can be slippery and can make braking difficult. Fog can reduce visibility, which means a driver may not realize that a vehicle ahead slowed down or stopped. If a road is narrow or uneven, it can be difficult for vehicles to navigate, especially if two cars are traveling in opposite directions at the same time. In a traffic jam or stop-and-go traffic, drivers need to slow down and proceed with caution to avoid rear-ending the vehicle in front of them.
It is also important for drivers to leave a safe amount of distance between their vehicle and the one in front of it. The appropriate distance will increase in rainy or foggy conditions or in other circumstances that could make driving hazardous. California law requires drivers to adjust the amount of distance between vehicles to account for traffic, weather, and road conditions.
Even though changes in weather and road conditions can make driving hazardous, many people overlook the danger to themselves and others and travel faster than conditions warrant. That can cause accidents that may result in serious and life-changing injuries to themselves and others. When drivers travel too fast for the conditions on busy highways, it can cause a multi-car pileup that can seriously injure other drivers and passengers and can snarl traffic for hours.
How a Los Angeles Failure to Heed Changing Weather or Road Condition Lawyer Could Help You Seek Justice
We help people who suffer injuries through no fault of their own pursue financial compensation. Our team can investigate the circumstances leading up to the crash to figure out what happened. We can gather information on the weather and road conditions at the time and determine whether the driver who hit you failed to heed those conditions and was traveling too fast before the collision. If the driver’s recklessness or negligence caused the accident that injured you, we can seek a financial award on your behalf.
We can try to negotiate a settlement with the driver’s auto insurance company. If the insurer is unwilling to agree to an amount that we consider reasonable, if the driver does not have enough liability coverage to fairly compensate you for your injuries, or if the driver did not have insurance at the time of the accident, we may file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
While personal injury cases are often settled out of court, we are willing to go to trial when necessary to protect the rights of our clients and to obtain fair compensation for their injuries that they are entitled to.
Our firm works on a contingency-fee basis. That means that if you hire us to represent you, you will not have to worry about paying fees upfront. We will only be paid if we succeed in obtaining financial compensation for your injuries.
For a free legal consultation with an failure to heed changing weather or road condition accidents lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today for Legal Assistance
If you suffered injuries in an accident that happened because another driver was in a hurry and drove too fast for conditions without concern for the safety of others, you may be feeling devastated. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you seek justice so you and your family can cover your bills and have some degree of financial security as you move forward.
Statutes of limitations require victims of personal injuries to act quickly to seek justice.
According to Sec. 335.1 of the California Statutes, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury case is two years. The sooner you contact the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, the sooner we will be able to begin investigating the collision and gathering evidence. Contact us at (800) 794-0444 to talk to a member of our team about your injuries and how we may be able to help you.