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Posted On September 13, 2021

How Inclement Weather Can Impact Your Kingman Car Accident Claim

Harsh weather conditions, such as excessive rain and snow, can cause an accident even to the most careful driver and hurt the resultant claim. Law enforcement officers may introduce an inclement weather policy during extreme weather conditions. The policy restricts police involvement to only serious crashes that lead to serious injuries and damages. Consequently, the policy hurts the ability to determine liability and recover compensation for injuries and damages.

A competent Kingman accident attorney can explain to an accident victim the relationship between inclement weather and car accident claims. The victim has the right to claim compensation for the injuries caused by another person’s negligence even if the accident occurred during severe weather conditions.

How Inclement Weather Affects Car Accident Claims

Inclement Weather Policy

Inclement weather can force the police to issue an inclement weather policy that requests drivers to only call when involved in serious crashes. If no fatal injuries or damages occurred during an accident, the policy requests drivers to take the usual after-accident steps, such as exchanging important details, reporting the accident, and filing a car accident report within 10 days.

Though this policy hinders the swift involvement of police in minor car crashes, accident victims should always contact the police immediately. Delay in police arrival at the accident scene can affect the accuracy of the police report because important evidence may get destroyed by inclement weather. The other driver’s insurance company can take advantage of the inaccurate police report to reject the injured driver’s claims.

Determining Liability

Inclement weather makes the determination of the at-fault party in a car accident difficult because some accidents can be due to hostile weather conditions. A driver owes a duty of care to himself or herself and other road users even during harsh weather conditions. The driver must demonstrate that he or she wasn’t driving carelessly before the crash happened. At the scene of the accident, the driver needs to take notes, pictures, and witnesses’ contact information to help prove the liability of the other driver.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

A Kingman accident attorney can take an accident victim through the entire process of filing his or her claim. The attorney can review pictures and videos of the scene of the accident, police reports, medical reports, and proof of damages. These actions will build a solid case and improve the chances of obtaining maximum compensation on the victim’s behalf.

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