Our Billings Inclement Weather Accident Attorneys Understand the Challenges of Driving in MT and WY
Weather conditions can factor into car accidents in a variety of different ways. This is especially true in Montana and Wyoming where rain, snow, and sleet create hazards like low driver visibility and can turn roadways into treacherous sheets of ice. If you have been injured in a collision during inclement weather, you may be entitled to compensation. A Billings automobile accident lawyer will be able to assess your case and compensation options.
Liability in a Weather-Related Accident Explained by Our Attorneys
According to federal government studies, about one-fifth of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are weather-related. That means almost half-a-million car crashes and around 5,000 deaths each year that have a causal connection to inclement weather.
Examples of behavior that could lead to liability in a car accident during poor weather conditions in Montana and Wyoming include:
- Making the decision to drive even though the driver knew conditions were unsafe
- Driving too fast for the weather conditions
- Failure to use headlights when visibility was poor
- Failure to leave enough distance between vehicles
- Driving on tires not suitable for conditions (e.g., failure to make proper use of snow tires)
Safety Tips for Driving in Bad Weather
Montana weather often makes for dangerous roadways. Driving in rain, wind, ice, snow, sleet, and fog requires your undivided attention.
- Keep up with your vehicle maintenance. In the winter months your tires and brakes should be checked more frequently. Are your windshield wipers in working order? Are your mirrors clear of frost and ice? Sometimes manufacturer defects contribute to car accidents. Your Billings automobile accident attorney can advise if a defective part contributed to your accident.
- Drive slowly in storms. A slower driving speed decreases the chances of skids and accidents. In inclement weather, slow it down.
- Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. When your visibility is limited it takes longer for you to register to hit the brakes. Leaving additional space between you and the vehicle traveling in front of you is a smart way to make up for your delayed braking time.
- When visibility is low, follow a bright or dark car. Sometimes heavy rain or snow can make it difficult to see traffic signs and the painted lines on the road. Try following a red or black car from a safe distance. The brighter and darker color vehicles will fade less with the blowing snow and rain.
- Always, always wear your seatbelt. Regardless of weather conditions all passengers should wear a seatbelt - whether you’re driving across N 27th St, or leaving town on state road 212.
To Learn More, Contact a Billings Bad Weather Accident Attorney Today
To learn more about your rights to recovery after a weather-related car accident in Montana or Wyoming, contact us online. Initial consultations with a Ragain & Clark Billings automobile accident lawyer are free.
To call our offices directly, call:
- Billings Office: 406-651-8888
- Worland Office: 307-388-6400