Multi-Car Accident Up Serves as a Reminder to Georgia Residents to Modify Driving in Poor Weather


November 26, 2012

As fall turns to winter, changes in weather can create substantial risks for motorists, especially when other drivers fail to adapt their driving behavior to adverse weather conditions. A tragic multi-car pileup in Texas this Thanksgiving morning provides an example of the devastating nature of chain reaction accidents caused by fog, snow, icy roads, heavy rains and other forms of harsh weather conditions.

The multi-car accident occurred in dense fog when over a hundred cars and trucks collided, which resulted in 48 people being taken to local hospitals.

While there is always a potential for an accident in inclement weather, drivers have a legal responsibility to exercise reasonable care in poor weather conditions. Anyone that navigates the roadways around Atlanta and the surrounding areas of Georgia has experienced drivers passing at high rates of speed, even when visibility is near zero or the roads are slippery. The legal obligation to modify one’s driving in bad weather is based on the foreseeability of an accident when adverse conditions affect one’s driving.

Weather-related accidents may be caused by a myriad of effects caused by bad weather. Fog will substantially reduce a driver’s ability to perceive a potential hazard or the need to stop. This means that drivers may be expected to reduce their speed so that they have more time to react when they perceive a potential collision risk. Slippery roads increase stopping distance so it also might be prudent to reduce driving speed to avoid traffic collisions when roads are icy or wet.

Insurance companies will often contend that no amount of caution by their insured could have prevented the collision. The law does not impose liability on a driver unless the conduct of the driver does not conform to that of a reasonably prudent driver under similar conditions which causes foreseeable harm. Insurance carriers will typically try to shift blame to the plaintiff in a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Insurance adjusters and/or insurance company lawyers may argue that their client’s driving was prudent and that the collision was unavoidable and unforeseeable.

When adverse weather leads to chain reaction multi-car pileups, the probability of severe injury or wrongful death is extremely high. Vehicle occupants frequently are exposed to multiple impacts as several cars collide with an injury victim’s vehicle. These serious car accidents can lead to debilitating permanent injuries that prevent those injured from engaging in their occupation, providing parenting to children or even performing basic life activities.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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