Vancouver was hit with extreme winter weather in December 2016 that created chaos on the road. Accident lawyers in Vancouver expect a significant spike in personal injury claims following December’s treacherous conditions. Drivers in Vancouver have experience with rain and wet roads, but when the winter weather rolled in, drivers were forced to contend with ice, slush, and snow accumulation on the roads as well as reduced visibility due to falling and blowing snow.
The defence of inevitable accident is rarely accepted in winter driving conditions and will typically not exonerate a driver. This is usually the case, for example, when a defendant driver tries to blame black ice as the reason for the accident. The likely reason is that the defendant was travelling too fast for road conditions and therefore negligent. When it's wintertime a driver should reasonably expect the possibility of ice on the road.
Poor weather conditions may play a role in a motor vehicle accident, but that does not necessarily mean an accident victim is prevented from recovering compensation for injuries caused by that accident. In fact, in poor weather there may be a need for extra caution and a driver may be negligent for failing to exercise the extra caution required by the circumstances. In all cases, reasonableness is the guiding principle. When an accident victim claims that another driver’s negligence was the cause of an accident, the question is whether the driver operated their vehicle as a reasonable person would in similar circumstances.
The road accident lawyers at Bronson Jones & Company LLP exclusively represent accident victims and will investigate the circumstances of an accident to uncover evidence of negligence. Some common examples of driver negligence in poor weather conditions include:
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident in poor weather conditions, contact an experienced road accident lawyer at Bronson Jones & Company LLP immediately to discuss your claim and how to establish negligence against the other driver. Visit one of our 13 convenient locations for your free consultation.