WHEN WEATHER IMPACTS A CRASH
Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming have some of the most beautiful weather in the country. These states are also home to some of the most unpredictable weather too. Even well-experienced drivers are caught off guard by a sudden snowfall or thunderstorm. When this happens, severe automobile crashes can occur. It is very difficult for a negligent driver to simply blame the weather for a collision. Often, the cause is the at-fault driver’s inattention or simply driving too fast for the conditions. While such actions may not have been intentional, the at-fault driver should be responsible for his actions, and your losses.
Unfortunately, insurance adjusters and their attorneys will attempt to claim the Act of God, Sudden Emergency, or other weather-related legal defense. It is extremely important to speak to one of our top Aurora, Colorado personal injury attorneys before speaking to the adjuster. Do not let an adjuster or attorney trick you into placing blame on the weather. After all, the weather didn’t make you crash, because you were driving at a reasonable speed based on all of the conditions.
County and state officials have a responsibility to keep the roadways and bridges adequately maintained in order to keep drivers safe. When they fail to do so, they may be held liable. Potholes, insufficient shoulders, and inadequate bridge supports may all contribute to an accident during bad weather. If your accident was due to inadequate roadway or bridge maintenance, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Most states have short Governmental Immunity deadlines that must be met or your case can be barred forever. These deadlines are often much shorter than the normal Statute of Limitations. For example, in Colorado, the statute of limitations for a motor vehicle accident is 3 years while the government immunity laws impose deadlines of approximately 6 months. Speak to some of the best Colorado personal injury attorneys at Western States Law, P.C. before it is too late. A free case evaluation will be given.