While Alabama is generally known for its warmer weather, Alabama is still a dangerous place to drive in the winter. This is assertion is validated by a winter weather system that often brings snow, sleet and rain to large portions of the state, as it has this winter as well.
In early January, the snow was dangerous enough that the state was forced to close certain roads, due to the treacherous roadway conditions. The traffic map issued by ALDOT during this storm was telling. As a result of these conditions, Alabamans in Birmingham were warned by the National Weather Service to avoid traveling if possible, and Interstate 59 was impassible due to a dangerous mix of snow and ice.
According to weather.com, Alabama state troopers ultimately responded to multiple weather-related crashes. These accidents provide a sobering reminder that weather plays a serious role in Alabama accidents, which often leads to serious personal injuries and bodily harm.
Winter weather’s notorious capabilities of affecting vehicle performance and a driver’s visibility contribute to serious accidents across the country, and Alabama is no exception. When these accidents are attributable to a driver’s negligence, victims may be able to recover money damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the parties responsible for the injuries caused.
Alabama Winter Accidents
Alabama drivers are expected to use an appropriate level of care while driving, which includes considering the dangers on the roads. Arguably, if a driver ignores warnings and curfews like the ones issued in Alabama’s early January weather, the driver is failing to exercise the reasonable level of care expected of them. Additional ways in which a driver may cause a bad weather accident negligently include:
- Failing to use their windshield wipers
- Failing to adequately maintain their vehicle during winter
- Taking turns too quickly or driving too fast for winter road conditions
- Districted and/or impaired driving
- Failing to use headlights during nighttime winter driving
- And more
In addition to driver negligence, vehicle manufacturers and vehicle equipment manufacturers may be held liable for accidents if manufacturing and/or design defects cause a winter accident as well.
If you have been injured in a winter accident, you need an Alabama injury attorney who will help you determine if anyone is at fault and whether you have a strong legal claim.
Noel B. Leonard is an Alabama personal injury attorney who helps victims receive compensation for their injuries when negligent parties are at fault. From his Foley office, Noel represents winter driving accident victims in Baldwin, Mobile, and Escambia Counties.
Contact Alabama injury lawyer Noel B. Leonard or call 251-943-8638 for a legal consultation to discuss your Alabama winter driving accident.