You could become involved in a traffic crash for countless reasons, such as another driver speeding, drinking while driving or using their phone. All of these behaviors can become even more dangerous when weather conditions worsen, and even responsible and cautious drivers can find themselves in motor vehicle collisions due to poor weather.
It is crucial to have a thorough understanding of different types of weather that can increase the chances of a collision.
Weather-related traffic accident hazards
The Federal Highway Administration provides helpful information on different weather-related traffic accident hazards. Fog can increase the chances of an accident by preventing drivers from seeing the road as well as other vehicles, and it can also result in speed variance. Wind-blown debris, smoke, dust and snow can also affect visibility and wind can blow various objects and materials onto the road (such as causing tree limbs to fall down).
Rain, snow and ice can impact a vehicle’s traction as well as drivers’ behavior. Bad weather becomes especially concerning with regard to high speeds, hills and sharp turns.
Recovering from a weather-related traffic collision
It is imperative to go over all of your options in the wake of a motor vehicle collision caused by bad weather. If another driver’s negligent behavior contributed to the accident, such as someone who sped around a corner when visibility was poor or ice was present, they should face consequences for their actions.
In addition to focusing on your physical recovery, review information on the options available to you after a traffic collision that occurred during bad weather.