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How weather conditions can impact car accident liability

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2024 | Auto, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents

Weather conditions play a significant role in car accidents and can greatly influence liability. When the weather turns bad, the risk of accidents increases.

Understanding how weather impacts liability can help drivers navigate these situations better.

Slippery roads

Rain, snow and ice can make roads slippery and reduce tire traction. Drivers may lose control of their vehicles more easily in such conditions. If a driver loses control and causes an accident, the weather might seem like the main culprit. However, drivers need to adjust their driving to match the road conditions.

Reduced visibility

Fog, heavy rain and snowstorms can significantly reduce visibility. Drivers may have trouble seeing other cars, road signs and the road itself. Reduced visibility can lead to accidents, and liability often falls on drivers who do not take proper precautions. Winter-related accidents average 562,182 per year, but bad weather any time of year can impact driving.

High winds

Strong winds can be dangerous, especially for high-profile vehicles like trucks and SUVs. High winds can cause drivers to lose control or veer into other lanes. Wind can also blow debris onto the road. Drivers need to be cautious and maintain control of their vehicles in windy conditions.


Hydroplaning occurs when water builds up between the tires and the road, causing the car to slide uncontrollably. Drivers can lose control quickly and collide with other vehicles or objects. While hydroplaning is often due to weather, drivers need to ensure their tires are in good condition and drive at appropriate speeds in wet conditions.

Drivers need to adjust their driving to suit the weather. Failing to take proper precautions can lead to accidents and make drivers liable for the damages. By understanding these impacts, drivers can make safer choices and reduce the risk of accidents.