As a Seattle car accident lawyer, I know that bad weather can make driving much more difficult, and I think that this makes it especially important, when driving in bad weather, to focus on the road as much as possible. This morning, a woman who was driving the wrong way on I-405 in Bothell struck another car head-on according to KING5.com, resulting in injuries that do not appear to be life-threatening to the drivers of both vehicles. State Troopers are looking into the degree to which weather was a factor in the accident, as well as the possibility that alcohol or drugs may have been a factor. The fact that sticks out the most to me in this case is that the woman is believed to have driven about four miles in the wrong direction before the accident. The road was closed during clean-up and evidence collection, but has since reopened.
Snow storms such as the one that we have all been dealing with are not as common here in western Washington as in many other cities, and so weather may certainly play a role in some car accidents when it does snow. From cars having trouble gaining traction on the steep hills in Capitol Hill to sliding on ice as the temperatures fluctuate after snow fall on the highway, there are a number of ways that weather can factor into a car accident. Because of the dangers that poor conditions can represent, it is more important than ever to focus on the road and the other cars and trucks sharing the road.
If you have been involved in a car accident in which you believe another driver was negligent, speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Bad weather does not mean that a negligent driver is not responsible. A driver who does not use caution for the driving conditions and, as a result of that lack of care causes an accident, would be considered a negligent driver. I have helped numerous people recover compensation for medical bills, property damage and lost wages after serious car accidents. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION call me at (206)285-1743.