Motor vehicle accidents account for a high proportion of personal injury claims in Ireland. While the causes of traffic accidents vary, poor weather conditions play a factor in many crashes. A recent study indicates that even light rain can pose a significant risk for fatal traffic accidents.
Weather Conditions Can Increase the Risk of a Car Accident
Rain of any intensity can increase the risk of a car crash. Precipitation on roads can decrease the traction of your tyres making it easier to lose control of your vehicle. Less traction between the road and the vehicle’s tyres also increases stopping distance, which can lead to rear-end accidents if drivers are not cautious. Rain can also decrease visibility for drivers, thereby leading to an increase in the chance of an accident.
Most drivers automatically slow down when it is raining or there is water on the roads after rain. However, some drivers may not slow down as much if the rain is light. They might assume that light rain does not pose as much of a risk as heavy rain. However, the recent study suggests otherwise.
Light Rain Can Increase Your Risk for a Car Accident
Research shows that the risk of a car crash increases when precipitation is falling. Likewise, the heavier the precipitation at the time of the accident, the greater the risk of a fatal traffic accident. However, the research also shows that even light rain can increase the risk for a fatal traffic accident by 27 percent. The risk increases even more in the winter because snow typically poses a greater driving hazard than rain.
Who is Responsible for a Car Crash During Rainy Weather?
Even if weather conditions are a factor in your accident, discuss your case with a car accident lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for injuries, losses, and damages. Poor weather conditions may only be one factor that contributed to the cause of the crash. If the other driver was following too closely, driving too fast for conditions, or was guilty of other errors or negligence, that driver can be held liable for damages even though the weather might have also been a factor in causing the collision. Drivers have a duty of care to take steps to avoid causing a car crash, including slowing down and adjusting their driving during periods of inclement weather.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer for More Information
The cause of a car accident can be difficult to determine. Several factors may contribute to the cause. Drivers can be held liable for any portion of fault they might have for the cause of the crash.
If you have suffered injury as a result of a road traffic accident you may be entitled to claim for your injuries. It all starts with a conversation. So call us for a confidential chat on 1890 252467 or tell us what happened so that we can best advise and guide you.