While Florida drivers do not have to contend with snow and ice common during winter in other states, weather can still play a factor in many accidents. In these accidents, there is a tendency to think that no one is at fault. While weather can cause some accidents that are simply unavoidable, this is not always the case. If you have been injured in a weather-related car accident, a Fort Walton car accident lawyer can review your case and determine whether you have a claim.
Common Weather Conditions That Can Cause Car Accidents in Florida
Of course, snow or ice can happen in some parts of Florida, even though it is rare. Due to many drivers’ inexperience with these conditions, they can quickly result in serious accidents. However, most weather-related accidents in Florida are caused by the following conditions:
- Cloudy weather can limit visibility, especially in low-light conditions.
- Fog limits visibility even more than cloudy weather, particularly when drivers do not turn on their headlights.
- Rain can cause slippery road surfaces or pooling in low spots, leading to hydroplaning and a loss of control of the vehicle.
- High winds can cause drivers to swerve into nearby lanes or otherwise lose control. Winds can be particularly problematic for semi-trucks because their high profile makes them prone to tip-over accidents.
If weather was a factor in your accident, you should discuss your case with a Fort Walton car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Some Weather-Related Car Accident Statistics
The Federal Highway Administration has reported that 21% of all car accidents across the country are weather-related. Some statistics from the Department of Florida Highway Safety for 2019 shed some light on how weather can play a role in car accidents in Florida:
- Cloudy weather was a factor in 531 fatal accidents and 2,807 incapacitating accidents
- Fog, smog, or smoke was a factor in 37 fatal accidents and 92 incapacitating accidents
- Rain caused 188 fatal accidents and 1,250 incapacitating accidents
- Wet road surfaces contributed to 371 fatalities and
An “incapacitating injury” is considered to be a serious injury that results in a temporary or permanent disability that requires hospitalization or treatment at a medical facility. That said, some injuries may not be immediately obvious. Regardless of whether or not you were hospitalized immediately after your accident, you may be entitled to compensation. A Fort Walton car accident lawyer can evaluate your claim.
The Other Driver May Be at Fault in Your Weather-Related Accident
Just because the weather was a factor does not mean that the other driver isn’t at fault. All drivers have a legal obligation to drive safely as determined by the road and weather conditions. Driving too fast for conditions (even if they were driving the speed limit) or following too closely (tailgating) are common examples of negligent driving that can result in a weather-related car accident. A Fort Walton car accident lawyer can review your case and determine whether the other driver should be held liable for your injuries.
Talk to a Fort Walton Car Accident Lawyer at Powell, Powell & Powell Today
At Powell, Powell & Powell, we have decades of experience in helping injured drivers get the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. If you have been injured in a weather-related car accident, contact us today at 850-682-2757 to schedule a free consultation.