A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.
Consulting a Gwinnett County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
Inclement weather can be a direct cause of an accident or injury if drivers do not make the necessary adjustments. Failure to compensate in these ways can contribute to an accident:
- Driving with lights on—Some drivers do not use their headlights when driving in rain or snow. Even when driving during the day the elements can adversely impact visibility for the driver and those nearby. Evidence that a driver involved in an accident did not have headlights on can impact a victim's case in an inclement weather accident.
- Reduce speed—Speed limit signs do not change in bad weather but drivers are advised to slow down. Evidence that a driver causing an accident was driving too fast for the weather conditions can benefit an accident victim.
- Increase the distance between vehicles—Slick roads increase stopping distance. Skid marks can be used to indicate that the cause of an accident was a driver who was following too closely considering the weather conditions. A Gwinnett County Accident attorney can obtain the police report and other valuable evidence related to the accident scene.
Estimates are that 85 percent of new cars are equipped with black boxes. There are many questions about black box use as evidence since there is no Georgia legislation addressing the subject. It is unclear if law enforcement has the right to obtain the data from the black box without a court order if a vehicle is not impounded. It is also unclear if insurance carriers have a right to the data under their policies. The Law Offices of Shane Smith can pursue black box evidence if it is relevant to the inclement weather auto accident.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Gwinnett County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.