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When most people think of dangerous weather, they think of hurricanes, tornadoes, and catastrophic floods. Many people don’t realize that winter weather auto accidents kill more people in the United States each year than any other weather hazard…
Winter weather auto accidents in Myrtle Beach, SC are not the ever-present danger that they might be in colder, northern states. But, when winter weather strikes the Grand Strand, it can be more dangerous than the cold winter states because:
Below, I will discuss the types of road hazards that may cause winter weather auto accidents in Myrtle Beach, how to determine who is at fault in a winter weather auto accident, and how to avoid winter weather auto accidents.
The other driver hit the brakes as he approached the intersection, but then slid right through the red light and crashed into your car – that’s not really their fault, right? I mean, they tried to brake like they were supposed to, right?
Hazardous weather conditions may contribute to an auto accident, but it is still the driver’s responsibility to drive safely in any conditions. When winter weather causes dangerous conditions on the road, drivers must take extra precautions.
Is it your fault that the other driver slid through the intersection and crashed into your car?
When winter weather strikes, drivers must take extra precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and other motorists. Winter weather auto accidents in Myrtle Beach can be caused by:
Most SC drivers do not switch to snow tires in the winter months – it just doesn’t make sense to spend time and money on snow tires when you may or may not have snow for a few days or weeks each year.
But, people still have to get from point A to point B – although it is certainly safer to stay home until weather conditions improve, people are going to be on the roads trying to get to work, buying groceries, or traveling to wherever they need to be.
Negligence in a winter weather auto accident is the same as negligence on a sunny summer day.
If a driver does not use due care to ensure the safety of other motorists, bicyclists, motorcyclists, or pedestrians, and someone is hurt because they did not exercise due care, they are responsible for the damage that they cause.
Evidence of a driver’s negligence in a winter weather auto accident may include:
Both drivers may be driving under the speed limit, staying within their lane, and following traffic signals. But, if Driver A slides into an intersection and crashes into Driver B who had the right-of-way, Driver A is at fault despite the icy road that caused Driver A to begin sliding.
When you know that there may be ice on the roads, you know that ice can cause your car to slide, and you do not take precautions to prevent your car from sliding, the accident is your fault.
How do you avoid winter weather auto accidents?
Be prepared. When you know winter weather is coming, get ready for it:
Although winter weather conditions may only become an issue in Myrtle Beach SC for a few weeks or months a year, if at all, when winter weather does strike it can be catastrophic. Be safe, drive smart, and take precautions to avoid accidents, injuries, and deaths before they happen.
If you are hurt in a car wreck this winter because another driver was careless on icy roads, your SC auto accident lawyer on the Axelrod team will help you to investigate the crash, gather the evidence you will need to prove your case, and get full and fair compensation from the other driver or their insurance company.
Call Axelrod and Associates now at 843-353-3449 or send us a message online to talk with a Myrtle Beach winter weather auto accident attorney today.
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