Are You Liable for a Bad Weather Auto Accident

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Bad weather and inclement driving conditions account for many auto accidents every year here in Oregon. With heavy snowstorms, icy roads, and poor visibility, even the best drivers can get into accidents due to bad winter roads. In fact, it is not uncommon to hear of accidents in Oregon resulting from inclement weather conditions.
No matter how bad the driving conditions were at the time of the accident, you could still be determined at fault. Your insurance company will investigate the scene of the accident, talk to eyewitnesses, and analyze the roadway to determine fault. They will ask questions like:
– How fast was the vehicle traveling?
– Was the vehicle traveling at an appropriate speed considering the driving conditions?
– Was either driver intoxicated or under the influence
– Was the roadway clear?
– Were any of the drivers involved negligent or distracted at the time of the accident?
– Did you or another driver panic and slam on the brakes?
After analyzing the scene of the accident, your insurance company will determine who was at fault. In many cases, people are found at fault even if they lost control of their vehicle due to ice or snow. Insurance companies expect you to understand the risks of driving in all weather conditions and be prepared and able to drive accordingly or else stay off the road.
Contact an Attorney
Many people who are found at fault by their insurance company feel that they were treated unfairly or that the insurance company did not take all factors into consideration when making the final decision. If the roadway was not cleared or the vehicle in front of you slammed on the breaks suddenly, causing you to slide into them, you may not be liable. An attorney can help you appeal the determination. If you believe you were found unreasonably liable for an auto accident in bad weather, an experienced attorney can help you. Contact Shlesinger & deVilleneuve today!

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