If you or a loved one were injured in a bad weather car accident, turn to the trusted team of personal injury advocates at MI ABOGADO ®. We will fight relentlessly so you can see justice, and we help you build the strongest case to maximize your settlement. You deserve to see justice for your injuries. We are ready to start fighting for you today.
Bad Weather Car Accident Liability in Los Angeles
Los Angeles experiences hazardous weather conditions relatively often, despite its sunny reputation. Combined with heavy traffic, bad weather increases accident risk. Though no one controls the weather, drivers are responsible for operating safely.
Inclement Weather & Driver Responsibility
When a car accident occurs as a result of bad weather, injured victims are not out of luck. While nobody can be blamed for the weather, people can be held accountable for the decisions they made leading up to the car accident.
Bad weather car accidents are tricky to litigate because those responsible, their attorneys, and insurance companies will most certainly deflect blame onto the weather. But bad weather isn’t an excuse for poor decision-making and a skilled car accident attorney can help you protect your rights and recover just compensation for your injuries.
How Hazardous Weather Conditions Lead to Accidents
Bad weather car accidents are car accidents that occur during bad weather conditions. These weather conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Snow and sleet
- Heavy winds
- Wildfires and smoke
- Blowing sand
- Critically high pavement temperatures
- Poor pavement conditions
How Common Are Bad Weather Car Accidents?
According to the Federal Highway Administration, 21% of car crashes each year can be attributed to bad weather conditions. These conditions lead to 19% of car crash injuries and 16% of fatalities. Between 2007 and 2016, 70% of these accidents were the result of wet pavement, with rain (46%) and snow (18%) trailing behind.
The high number of wet pavement accidents serves to prove bad weather can still cause accidents even when the worst of the storm has passed. The impact of wet pavement can also be worsened by poor road maintenance and bad weather can lead to disrupted traffic signals. In these cases, the specific government agencies tasked with road maintenance may also be held responsible.
Common Bad Weather Car Accident Injuries
Bad weather accidents, due to their unpredictability, can result in catastrophic injuries with lifelong implications, if not fatalities. Hazardous conditions such as slippery roads and poor visibility make it much harder for drivers and victims to mitigate the damage by breaking or swerving, resulting in injuries that are often more severe than they would have been under normal weather conditions.
Common bad weather car accident injuries include:
- Head injuries, including skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries
- Back and neck injuries, including whiplash and spinal cord damage, which may result in paralysis.
- Fractured bones
- Internal injuries
- Lacerations, cuts, and scrapes
- Nerve damage
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Crush injuries
- Wrongful death
- Emotional trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Seeking Compensation Following a Bad Weather Car Accident
Even under bad weather conditions, all California drivers have a duty to drive safely and abide by traffic laws. In fact, it is their duty to adjust their driving to the weather conditions, such as driving under the speed limit when necessary and ensuring that there is enough space between their car and the car ahead. These drivers also have the responsibility of ensuring their vehicle is properly maintained to handle hazardous weather conditions.
Following a bad weather car accident, you may be able to collect from more parties than just the driver or drivers involved in the accident. Local government entities may be held financially liable in cases where poor road maintenance and a failure to reasonably clear hazardous conditions have contributed to the accident. In cases of vehicle malfunctions, the manufacturer of the vehicle that malfunctioned may also be held liable. Additionally, certain third parties may be liable. This includes situations where a property owner failed to clear a hazard or debris, when a rideshare driver is involved, and when an employee was using a company vehicle or was working at the time of the accident.
Some damages we’ve secured for bad weather car accident victims in the past include compensation for:
- Medical bills
- In-home care expenses
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death damages
How MI ABOGADO ® Can Help You After a Car Accident
The skilled personal injury team at MI ABOGADO ® proudly offers comprehensive representation following a bad weather car accident. Our services begin the second you become our client. We will put our vast network of trusted medical professionals across the state of California to work to ensure you’re receiving the best possible medical care for your injuries.
Our Service Area: From San Diego to San Jose
While we’re based in Los Angeles, we proudly serve clients across the state of California, from San Diego to San Jose. We have recovered millions for injured victims like yourself, with 96% of our clients boasting a success story. Moreover, with MI ABOGADO ®, you don’t have to part with a single penny until you get paid.
Our mission is to provide, responsive, timely, and effective advocacy to clients without imposing any further burden on an already stressful time. That’s why we take all of our bad-weather car accident cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t ask for any fees for our services until we help you maximize your rightful settlement.
What to Expect During Your Inclement Weather Car Accident Case
Once we are satisfied that your recovery is in the best possible hands, we begin with a comprehensive investigation of the circumstances surrounding the accident, collecting every available piece of evidence and speaking to witnesses so we can build the most robust case possible. Once we have built a strong case backed by evidence, negotiations begin.
We will take on the parties, their attorneys, and the insurance companies so you can see just compensation. It is our goal to reach a settlement during negotiations, saving you the stress, time, and uncertainty associated with going to trial. However, if we cannot reach a settlement that is fair and just in light of the losses you’ve suffered, we are prepared to take your case before a judge and jury so you can see justice.
The MI ABOGADO ® Approach to Your Case
MI ABOGADO ® isn’t like other law firms out there. As a boutique law firm, we do things differently, providing the timely, responsive, and effective representation that only a small practice can. Founding Attorney Javaheri worked at a big law firm and saw firsthand how poorly clients were treated. Client questions and concerns were delegated to case managers, who are customer service professionals with no legal training, and the great majority of the casework was delegated to new associates or paralegals with minimal supervision.
That’s why Attorney Javaheri left to found MI ABOGADO ®, where he prides himself on limiting the number of active cases he takes to ensure that he can be present for and accessible to every client who trusts MI ABOGADO ® with their case. We believe that bigger isn’t better. Better service is better.
Contact MI ABOGADO ® Today for a Free Consultation
The experienced team at MI ABOGADO ® understands that, following a tragic bad-weather car accident, no amount of money can fully address the entirety of the harm you have suffered. However, you deserve to see just compensation for your losses and you deserve to hold any and all negligent parties accountable for their wrongdoings.
MI ABOGADO ® believes that nobody should have to be burdened further to seek justice for their losses. With medical bills weighing heavily on your mind, and an uncertain future ahead, we understand you are likely under enormous pressure. That’s why we won’t ask you for any upfront fees for our services. In short, we don’t get paid until you see a rightful settlement for your losses.
MI ABOGADO ® offers free and confidential consultations and second opinions. Let us help protect you, your best interests, and your future. We are ready to start fighting for you today.