You may be surprised to learn that during the winter months, “sunny” California has some of the most treacherous weather conditions in the country. This is especially true for the Northern regions, near the state’s mountain ranges. Severe weather conditions are one of the leading causes of car accidents, making winter one of the most dangerous seasons for drivers in California.
As a driver, it is important you understand what makes driving a vehicle during the winter season so risky.
Slush: Slightly melted snow can make roads slippery or difficult to drive on and may lead to a serious accident.
Ice: When driving on roads that are frozen with ice, it can be difficult for a vehicle’s tires to get the traction they need. It can be especially dangerous if drivers are unable to make a stop without sliding due to an excess of ice on the roads.
Black Ice: A term used to describe patches of ice that may not be visible to drivers on roadways. These icy areas can cause vehicles to spin out and crash into other cars, resulting in severe accidents.
Fog: Foggy conditions can decrease visibility for drivers and make it difficult to see other vehicles, pedestrians, or debris on the road.
Heavy Rain: Rainy conditions can affect visibility and can cause a loss of traction. This is often why drivers slow down in the rain, which can cause increased traffic conditions and longer commutes.
Regardless of how safe of a driver you may be, inclement weather conditions can lead to a serious accident that is out of your control – in a matter of moments.
Shaun Phillips of Benchmark Injury Law has extensive experience helping clients who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents, especially during California’s winter months. If you have been the victim of an accident due to severe weather conditions, it is important you consider making a personal injury claim, so you may pursue compensation for your injuries.
The damages you may be eligible to recover include:
- Past and future lost income
- Past and future medical expenses
- Damage to property
- Pain and suffering
Benchmark Injury Law is a unique and value-based personal injury law firm helping clients in Irvine, California, who have been injured in car accidents. The personal injury law firm is dedicated to building strong relationships with clients to better understand their unique needs and to provide personalized representation.