Michigan isn’t exactly known for its kind weather. With frigid temperatures, substantial snowfall, and plenty of icy roadways, there is a lot with which to be concerned. When there is inclement weather it can greatly impact the safety of those driving on the road. That’s why it’s no surprise that many accidents in Michigan occur amid these conditions. Here’s what to know about bad weather accidents in Michigan.
What is the Responsibility of a Driver?
All drivers must operate their vehicles with the same amount of care that a reasonable person in the same or similar situation would do. Therefore when considering whether or not a driver has been negligent during inclement weather, you must examine how a reasonable person would have acted in the same or similar inclement weather. In other words, what may be considered reasonable on a clear, summer day may not be considered reasonable during a winter snowstorm.
When a driver fails to exude the same degree of care that a reasonable person in the same or similar situation would, he or she can be considered negligent. Therefore if his or her negligence causes injury to another person and/or property, he or she can be held liable.
Types of Driver Negligence Leading to Bad Weather Accidents
There are a variety of types of driver negligence that can lead to accidents during inclement weather (e.g. heavy rain, snow, hail, icy roads, winds, fog, etc.). Such types include:
- Ignoring hazardous conditions
- Following too closely/tailgating
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while distracted
- Failing to properly maintain the vehicle
- Failing to use headlights when needed
- Failing to stop at an intersection, traffic light (when red) or stop sign
- Failing to yield
When someone has been involved in a bad weather accident, the injuries and property damage can be quite substantial. These damages can result in severe financial loss. Some injuries may prevent the victim from being able to work and therefore earn a living. This is often only compounded by the fact that medical bills can cost an exorbitant amount of money.
Luckily, Michigan generally allows those who have been injured in a car accident to recover for both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages include:
- Medical costs;
- Lost income;
- Personal attendant care; and
- Replacement services (known as the household chores benefit).
Noneconomic damages compensate for pain and suffering resulting from your accident-related injuries. If you’re married, your spouse may also have a claim for the loss of your services, known as a loss of consortium claim.
The Attorneys at Miller & Tischler, P.C. Can Help
While some bad weather accidents are pretty cut and dry, others are much more complex, often requiring intensive analysis and extensive evidence. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Michigan personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bad weather accident, you should not have to be bear the burden alone. When you are already dealing with so much, the last thing that you want to do is to have to worry about tackling the legalities of your situation.
The Michigan personal injury attorneys at Miller & Tischler, P.C. can help you to fight for the compensation that you deserve. We understand the seriousness of your injury and the physical, emotional, and financial hardships that you have endured (and will continue to endure). We will gather the necessary evidence and build a case to help you receive the most optimal outcome. We’ll help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!