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Establishing Fault in Inclement Weather-Related Crashes

Does Liability Change Depending on Weather Conditions?

It's no secret that severe weather can make driving conditions dangerous, and many drivers believe that bad weather absolves them of liability in the event of a crash. However, this is not the case. This blog will discuss how fault is applied in crashes caused by inclement weather.

Who is Liable for a Crash During Bad Weather?

When getting behind the wheel, every driver assumes the responsibility of acting as a reasonable person would in any condition. These reasonable actions include knowing to drive at slower speeds when ice is present, using lowlights in the fog, not being on the road during tornadoes, etc. Because of this assumed responsibility, when a motorist fails to drive for the conditions, they are still responsible for crashes that result.

Oklahoma is an At-Fault State

Drivers should remember that Oklahoma is considered an "at fault" state when it comes to accident liability. This means that the driver who is deemed responsible for causing an accident is also financially responsible for any damages that result. In most cases, the insurance company of the at-fault driver will be required to provide compensation.

How Drivers Should Navigate Inclement Weather Conditions

In order to avoid being held liable for a weather-related crash, it's important that drivers take extra care when navigating inclement conditions. Some tips for driving during bad weather include:

  • Slow down and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination
  • Increase your following distance from the car in front of you
  • Use your low beams when traveling in fog
  • Don't drive through flooded areas
  • Stay off the road during tornadoes

By following these simple tips, drivers can help to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them.

Oklahoma Car Accident Attorneys

If you’re involved in a collision during an inclement weather day due to another person driving negligently under the conditions, we can help you pursue compensation. Call today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Martin Jean & Jackson attorneys.