Grand Junction Weather-Related Car Accident Lawyers
The Grand Junction area has four distinct seasons, each of which brings a new set of driving dangers. During the winter months, it is frequently overcast, with icy and snowy conditions expected on the roads, streets, and highways. During the spring, rain is frequent, with downpours affecting the safety of the roadways, causing slick surfaces.
Drivers are expected to drive at a speed appropriate for the weather conditions, which may be slower than the posted speed limits. Summer brings a different set of conditions, with wildfire smoke affecting air quality and visibility. No matter the weather conditions, if a driver fails to operate a vehicle safely for the current weather conditions, they put others at risk. In these cases, innocent people can be seriously or fatally injured.
Unfortunately, the streets and highways in the Western Slope are a common location for serious or fatal road accidents – often related to the weather conditions hitting the region. The most common types of injury accidents occurring in the area include:
- Head-on collisions: These collisions are among the deadliest of all vehicle accidents, often leaving drivers and passengers seriously or fatally injured.
- Sideswipe accidents: A driver who fails to slow down in inclement weather may lose control, causing a sideswipe accident.
- T-bone accidents (side impact): A driver who cannot bring their vehicle to a stop at an intersection could cause a side-impact crash, injuring either the driver or passenger or both.
- Rear-end accidents: A driver following too closely in wet or icy conditions is far more likely to impact the rear of the vehicle ahead and injure the occupants.
- Commercial truck accidents: Truck drivers are constantly under pressure to deliver their cargo on time and may drive faster than the weather conditions warrant and lose control, causing severe or fatal injuries to others sharing the road.
- Rollovers: A vehicle impact can cause an innocent driver to lose control, thrusting the vehicle into a stationary object or affecting stability, causing a rollover and serious injuries or loss of life.
- Single-vehicle accidents: In some cases, a weather-related accident affects a single vehicle that loses control. Such an incident could be the result of unsafe road design or maintenance.
- Multi-vehicle accidents: It is not uncommon for multi-vehicle pile ups to occur in snowy and icy conditions. These accidents may involve cars, pickups, SUVs, vans, semi-trucks, and other vehicles, with multiple impacts triggered by negligent driving conduct.
- Construction zone accidents: During rainy, icy, or snowy conditions, drivers must exercise extreme caution when traveling through road construction zones.
Drivers in Colorado are required to prepare a vehicle for safe winter driving. The "Traction Law" requires all motorists to have either:
- Four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles with 3/16" tread
- Tires manufactured for mud or show with a 3/16" tread
- Winter tires (designated by a snowflake icon)
- All-weather rated tires with 3/16" tread
- Chains or alternative devices approved by CDOT
If a driver is not equipped as required by law, they may face charges and fines – but the risks to others sharing the road are extreme. When a vehicle has worn tires, driving on rain, snow, or ice puts others at an elevated risk of a collision, as the vehicle is unable to stop and is almost impossible to control. Visitors to Colorado may come from states that rarely experience blizzards, snowstorms, or icy conditions. These drivers can cause serious accidents when they attempt to stop a vehicle by jamming on the brakes and spinning out of control.
If another vehicle operator was negligent, whether speeding, not equipped for inclement weather, or driving drunk, that driver must be held accountable. The compensation can be pursued through an insurance claim or lawsuit based on the extent of the injuries. The damages in such an accident include:
- Economic damages: The costs associated with medical care and treatment, rehabilitation, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and other actual losses.
- Non-economic damages: These damages are paid to the injured (or family that has lost a loved one), for pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, emotional anguish, or reduced abilities and lifestyle caused by the injuries.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our legal team is deeply committed to helping our clients achieve justice and full compensation after a weather-related accident. We offer a free consultation to people in our region who have had this devastating experience. Contact our Grand Junction car accident lawyers at (970) 243-4357 today.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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