Are You Liable for an Accident That Happens While Hydroplaning?
At Ged Lawyers, LLP, our attorneys protect your rights when accidents and injuries occur, helping to ensure you get the maximum amount you are entitled to in a claim.
Unexpected accidents and catastrophic events can wreck major havoc in your life. In addition to jeopardizing your health, they can result in heavy financial losses and ongoing debts. In cases where another person is at fault or an insurance company is involved, you may be entitled to compensation. At Ged Lawyers, LLP, we provide aggressive legal representation for people who suffer personal injuries and those filing claims over hurricanes, sinkholes, or other types of natural disasters. The following details the important role our attorneys play in handling your case.
Determining Who is Liable in a Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), personal injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in Florida and throughout the United States. Among the most common causes include motor vehicle collisions, accidents involving bicyclists, and pedestrians, slips and falls, getting struck by or against injuries, and sports or recreational accidents.
The role of a personal injury attorney is to protect your rights to compensation in these types of cases. We determine who is responsible so they can be held accountable in a claim. Ways we do this include:
- Conducting our own thorough investigation into your case;
- Obtaining police or incident reports;
- Obtaining statements from witnesses;
- Gathering other types of evidence, such as nearby surveillance camera footage;
- Consulting with accident reconstruction experts.
In cases involving natural disasters or other catastrophic events, we review the situation and any insurance policies that may be in place to determine whether a claim can be filed. If insurance is not available or a reasonable settlement cannot be reached, we can take the actions needed to file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Representing You in Legal Proceedings
As experienced Boca Raton civil trial attorneys, we guide you through the often complex process of filing a lawsuit. Under the Florida Statutes, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, property damages, or other losses you suffer. Our role is to resolve your case in the most efficient way possible while ensuring you get the a
You can be held liable for injuries due to car accidents in Boca Raton caused by hydroplaning on wet roads.
The tropical climate in Boca Raton means that we get a high amount of rainfall, particularly over summer and once hurricane season begins. Daily rain showers and occasionally heavy downpours are something that residents eventually get used to. However, these conditions can still create havoc on the roads. Wet, slippery pavement makes hydroplaning more likely and increases the risk of car accidents. Drivers can be held liable for damages that occur as a result.
What Causes Hydroplaning?
Hydroplaning refers to when a vehicle begins skidding or sliding due to wet road conditions. According to the driver education website SafeMotorist.com, hydroplaning occurs as a result of loss of traction. Tires are designed to cut through water on the road and grip the pavement underneath. When your tires encounter more than they are capable of scattering, water pressure at the front of the wheel can cause the tire to separate from the road surface.
In addition to skidding, hydroplaning can have other major impacts on your ability to control your vehicle. Important functions hydroplaning is likely to affect include:
- Steering: This makes it harder to navigate turns or curves in the road;
- Braking: Diminished braking ability makes it harder to stop or slow your vehicle;
- Power control: Hydroplaning can result in sudden acceleration and makes it harder to respond to unexpected changes in traffic or road conditions.
Whenever you experience even minor losses of control in your vehicle, it makes car accidents more likely to happen. Rear-end accidents, side impact or T-bone crashes, and head on collisions are all common as a result of hydroplaning. These can leave you and other drivers on the road suffering serious injuries.
How Driving Behaviors Increase the Odds of Hydroplaning
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), more than 20% of the estimated six million car accidents that occur in the United States each year are a result of adverse weather conditions. Of these, rain and wet roads are among the most dangerous and account for nearly 70% of these crashes and collisions.