In light of the recent rain and hail we have been hit with in the Sacramento area, we want to share a few things we have learned about vehicle accidents caused by inclement weather.
Every year in the US, poor weather conditions are cited as a factor in over 13,000 collisions, and that make up for 23% of all motor vehicle accidents in the country.
Fog, ice, rain, and even snow can create hazardous driving conditions here in Northern California. Often, vehicles that are travelling faster than is safe for the conditions are unable to stop in time on a wet, icy or low-visibility roadway, and cause accidents.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s driving recklessly in inclement weather, the the Law offices of Zappettini and Bradley can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Weather-Related Accident Statistics
Every year in the US, poor weather conditions are cited as a factor in over 13,000 collisions. Commonly, these accidents are the result of drivers failing to exercise caution during poor weather conditions. Per the U.S Department of Transportation (DOT), 23% of all vehicle accidents are due to poor weather conditions. The weather-related accident breakdown is as follows:
- Wet Pavement – 17% of crashes, 16% of injuries, 13% of fatalities
- Rain – 11% of crashes, 10% of injuries, 8% of fatalities
- Snow/Sleet – 4% of crashes, 3% of injuries, 2% fatalities
- Ice – 3% of crashes, 2% of injuries, 2% fatalities
- Snow/Slush – 3% of crashes, 2% of injuries, 2% fatalities
- Fog – 1% of crashes, 1% of injuries, 2% fatalities
Of course, there is no amount of money that can make up for the injury or death of a loved one, but a settlement can help ease the daily hardships resulting from the accident. There are often many financial challenges associated with accident victims such as medical expenses, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, physical therapy, and other future medical costs.
Contact The Law Offices of Zappettini and Bradley About Your Case
When any accident is caused by a negligent or reckless driver, that individual should be held accountable for his or her actions. When a driver fails to use caution while driving on wet or slippery roads, the results can be devastating and even deadly.
At Law Offices of Zappettini and Bradley, we are here to protect your right to compensation after a weather related automobile accident. With more than 25 years of experience handling personal injury claims, our attorneys are well equipped to handle your car accident injury case and to share with you the things insurance companies do not want you to know. Call us today at (916) 457-5022 or fill out our online contact form for a FREE case evaluation!