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Car accidents surge when weather turns ugly: Tips for Texans

The adage "don't mess with Texas" can cover a number of situations. However, when it comes to a big Texas storm, drivers in the state may be wise to take the adage to heart and stay home.

How can weather impact driving? Inclement weather can translate to dangerous driving conditions. A number of weather-related factors can increase the risk of accidents in Texas. The United States Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration notes the following weather conditions have been shown to result in accidents:

  • Precipitation. Snow, rain, sleet - whatever form it comes in precipitation is the leading cause of weather-related crashes. The FHWA notes that wet pavement is by far the greatest contributor to accidents.
  • Wind. It can be difficult to see where you are driving if dust and other debris are blown into the roadway. Wind can also make it difficult to control the vehicle.
  • Fog. The presence of fog can greatly limit the distance the driver can see.
  • Flooding. In some cases, excess rain can result in flooding that may submerge the roadways. This makes it very difficult to control a vehicle.

Do to these risks; drivers should exercise caution if driving during poor weather.

What is the data on weather-related accidents? Weather conditions are estimated contribute to almost one-fourth of all accidents that occur throughout the country. Unfavorable weather and the inability of drivers to safely operate their vehicles in these conditions are responsible for an average of 6,000 fatalities and 445,000 injuries annually.

Although driving safely in inclement weather is difficult, it is expected. Drivers must operate their vehicles safely. Even if inclement weather is a factor in an accident, the driver can be held liable for resulting injuries.

As such, anyone injured in this type of accident is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced legal advocate. Your lawyer will help to better ensure victims receive the compensation and justice they deserve.

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