Colorado sees its fair share of bad weather, particularly this time year. With it, there is also typically an increase in serious car accidents. Colorado isn’t the only state that has this problem. According to a recent report, weather-related car accidents are a real problem nationwide.
How bad is it? What can be done about it? Can victims of these accidents or — in the event of fatality — their surviving family members seek compensation for their losses?
According to a recent report, over 5,000 people die in weather-related collisions every year. That accounts for around 16 percent of traffic fatalities. On top of that, over 400,000 people suffer injuries every year in such events. The types of weather that contributes to the most accidentsÂ are:
Slick roads and reduced visibility certainly make driving conditions treacherous at times. Unfortunately, not all drivers adjust their actions behind the wheel when the roads are bad.
Life does not always make it possible to sit at home when the weather is bad. Exercising safe driving for road conditions is the only way to help prevent weather-related accidents from happening. This means drivers should:
- Slow down
- Turn on yourÂ headlights
- Pull off the road if needed
- Keep focus on the road
If everyone did these things, fewer accidents would happen and those that do would be less severe.
When the weather is to blame for auto accidents, victims or their loved ones may think that they do not have the right to pursue compensation for their losses. This may not be true. Most of these accidents do not occur just because road conditions are dangerous. They occur because of driver negligence. If negligence is a factor in your case, you have every right to seek damagesÂ through legal means.
Not sure if you have a case?
Colorado residents who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones in weather-related car accidents can seek assistance when considering pursuing civil claims against those thought responsible for their losses. It is necessary to investigate the matter to determine if taking legal action is appropriate. If they are, with the right assistance, all the steps required for seeking maximum relief through negotiations or litigation can be taken.