Wet Road Accidents
Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyers Advocating for Chicago Residents
Wet weather can affect road conditions and lead to hazards for drivers throughout Chicago and nearby areas. Often, drivers are unprepared for the effects of wet roads, and when combined with careless conduct or inexperience operating a vehicle, this can lead to serious vehicle collisions. The Chicago car accident attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca provide representation to individuals pursuing legal claims for compensation for their injuries in a wet road accident. Injured individuals and their families are entitled, by law, to recover costs associated with the accident, and our AV-rated law firm understands the dire impact of a vehicle collision. For this reason, we make it a priority to secure maximum financial compensation for clients throughout Illinois.
Establish Legal Fault for a Wet Road Accident
Wet roads can result from weather ranging from a slight drizzle to stormy conditions. Throughout Chicago, drivers can suffer from visibility issues as well as issues concerning puddles forming in potholes, as well as oils rising from the asphalt and creating slick conditions. While drivers are expected to travel more slowly during rainy conditions and storms, and they should provide extra distance between vehicles, not all drivers abide by these safety precautions. Careless drivers can be held accountable when their conduct causes an accident.
After suffering injuries in a crash that occurred because of wet road conditions, victims may file a personal injury claim against the defendant driver. Often, these claims proceed under a negligence legal theory. Negligence is shown by presenting evidence that the other driver’s actions breached a duty to act reasonably, as a prudent person would behave in similar circumstances. For example, when a driver is speeding or driving closely behind other vehicles, this may be seen as unreasonable conduct that may support a negligence claim.
When an accident victim successfully shows a breached duty of care, they will then present evidence demonstrating their injuries caused by the careless driver. Quantifiable damages include medical costs for treating accident-related injuries, lost earning capacity and income due to the accident, and property damage. Compensation for pain and suffering and emotional forms of harm may also be received by injured individuals asserting their legal rights.
There are strategies that may help avoid a wet road accident, and in some cases, the accident victim may be at fault for contributing to their injuries. For example, if the defendant driver contends that the accident victim failed to properly maintain their vehicle, and the extended wear and tear on tires was determined to be a factor in causing the accident, the victim’s recovery may be affected. A defendant might raise a defense of comparative negligence. Illinois abides by the modified comparative negligence doctrine, and the plaintiff victim would therefore recover a reduced percentage of damages, according to their fault. If it was determined that the plaintiff was more than 50 percent at fault for causing the crash, they would be barred from recovery.
Enlist the Legal Knowledge of a Chicago Attorney for Your Wet Road Accident Case
Wet road accidents caused by negligent drivers or others who have failed to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of others on the road entitle a victim to recover damages for their resulting injuries. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, our dedicated Chicago attorneys advocate on behalf of people hurt in a vehicle collision, aiming to recover full compensation for their current and future medical needs, as well as their emotional suffering and other forms of harm. We help people living in communities throughout Illinois, including victims in Rockford, Champaign, Aurora, Quincy, and other areas of Adams, Sangamon, Winnebago, Kane, and Cook Counties. To reach our office, call 312-724-5846 or complete our online form. Our motor vehicle collision lawyers provide a free consultation, and we will help you understand your legal options. Our cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay us unless we get money for you.