Did you know that weather-related accidents in the U.S. cause more deaths than larger weather disasters, such as flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes? Unfortunately, the state of Tennessee sees many adverse weather conditions throughout the year, which only increases the likelihood of deadly and injury-causing car accidents.
Weather conditions like rain and snow create wet, icy pavement that is a real hazard to drivers. In many cases, the hazards aren’t even seen until it is too late for a driver to prevent a collision.
Top contributors to weather-related car accidents
Rain and wet pavement are the top contributors to weather-related accidents. This is followed closely by winter weather hazards and foggy conditions. It’s no surprise that rain is the main cause of weather-related accidents and fatalities since it is one weather condition that occurs throughout the year.
Dangers of changing weather conditions
Another concern for drivers is when weather conditions change quickly while on the road. Blinding rain, dense fog and heavy snow can all cause serious visibility issues. When your visibility is reduced suddenly, it’s more difficult to see others on the road and react quickly to hazards.
Unsafe driving for the conditions
In adverse weather conditions, authorities recommend that drivers adjust their speed and other behaviors to help prevent accidents. Unfortunately, not all drivers follow this advice, which is another factor that plays a role in weather-related car accidents.
Your rights in a weather-related car accident
If you are in an accident with someone who was driving unsafely for the conditions, it may be possible to hold them responsible for your injuries and losses. It’s a good idea to explore your legal options to know what actions you can take.