As a Kaufman, Rockwall and Dallas county personal injury lawyer, I know that traffic accidents happen for many different reasons. It could be inattention, unsafe driving, texting, messing with the radio and everything in between- including weather, such as rain and snow.
Anyone who has driven in Dallas on a rainy or snowy day knows that people lose all ability to properly maintain their vehicles. It’s like they’ve suddenly forgot how to drive and any manual they have is written in Greek. It is totally bizarre. The other day I literally saw someone drive into a middle barrier on the highway, for what appeared to be, no good reason at all. The person got out “okay” and no one was hurt. The person just seemed a little confused and blamed it on the wet road.
You Can Make a Claim On Another Driver Regardless of Weather Conditions
Most people assume when wet-weather accidents happen that they cannot make a claim and the insurance company will issue a “no-fault” determination. However, that is most often not the case. If another car wrecks into you, don’t let them use the rain as an excuse. Get their insurance information and start a claim; in Texas, if you’re the victim of an auto accident, you have a right to make a claim for compensation to cover your medical bills, damages, lost wages, pain and suffering. Even if the weather was bad. This is because the other party still has a duty to drive their vehicle and maintain control of the weather despite any impediments due to weather. The Texas Transportation Code puts such a duty on drivers. The Code does not issue a “get out of liability” card simply because of the weather. It simply states that the driver is to maintain control of the vehicle so as not to harm themselves or others. This is regardless of road conditions.
Can you imagine if people’s duty to drive safely was completely disregarded due to weather? It would be chaos! People would be flying around in bumper cars and expecting their insurance companies to just pay up. There is no way the insurance lobby would allow that. They are one of the most powerful lobby’s in the country and Texas has some pretty strong protections for insurance companies to protect the industry. Therefore, you better believe that if you are injured in a wet-weather accident in Texas that somebody is at-fault. If it wasn’t you. Get their insurance information and call an attorney to speak with them about your rights.
Do You Need a Lawyer to Handle Your Claim?
Guest and Gray Law Firm handles car accident cases caused by rain regularly. If you were driving in the rain and another car hit you, and you suffered injuries as a result, you can contact us for a free consultation. An experienced personal injury lawyer will talk to you personally about your claims and rights under Texas law. It is very important to speak to an attorney early in the claims process to help you gather the necessary information to pursue your claims and engage the representation of a lawyer so that they can get you the full settlement that you deserve.
At Guest and Gray, if you have been wrongfully injured in a wet weather accident, we assure you that we will get you the money you deserve. This includes all forms of recovery, including medical bills, lost wages, mental anguish, pain and suffering and any other form of recovery under the law. We are well versed in avenues of recovery and work diligently for our clients. We fight insurance companies every day to get the best possible settlement for our injured clients. That is our highest goal in representing the injured. When you hire our firm, you are entrusting us with your case. Because of that, we take each case just as seriously as the next. No one is a number to us. That is all a part of the Guest and Gray difference. So, don’t hesitate. Just call. You will be glad you did.