Collingwood is in the Snowbelt. Located in the lee of the Great Lakes, it is in a part of the province that frequently gets intense weather storms in the winter and thunderstorms in the summer. People attribute the especially bad weather of this area to it being farther north. Collingwood also has a number of relatively high-speed roads in the area where people tend to drive fast because they are in a hurry.
For these reasons, Collingwood car accidents involving bad weather are unfortunately common. You should enlist the help of a local auto collision lawyer for assistance with recovering your accident-related losses.
If you are involved in a car crash in Collingwood due to inclement weather, the first thing you should do is try to determine the cause of the collision. Were you at fault, or was the other driver at fault? Did somebody ignore a traffic control like a sign or a light? Was someone speeding? Was somebody driving inappropriately for the conditions? Was there a problem with the road such as a failure to salt or sand that contributed to the wreck? You should use your phone to take pictures of the accident scene to back up the position you might need to advance later.
Slippery road conditions due to winter weather can impact fault for a crash, because licensed motorists are legally obligated to drive safely according to the present conditions. For example, driving the speed limit does not always equate to driving safely. If the weather is bad, drivers should take into account whether they need to travel slower than the speed limit because of the inclement road conditions.
Liability for an auto wreck can also be influenced by whether the at-fault party was paying attention to streetlights and road signs at the time of the collision, as it may be necessary to take extra care to obey those during low visibility conditions, for example. You may also file a lawsuit against the municipality if it failed to meet its statutory duty to keep the roads properly safe for the circumstances.
One of the things that accident victims should be encouraged to do is to try to create an evidence record as soon as possible after a collision caused by bad weather. Most importantly, take out your cellphone and take some pictures, as that evidence might be crucial after the weather has changed.
In addition to that, a lawyer from our firm could gather weather, police, ambulance, and fire department records to demonstrate the conditions’ severity. We could also get an accident reconstruction done and even examine the black box evidence of the vehicles to help determine liability. We may also look at news footage from the day of the crash to obtain outside collaborative evidence that can be analyzed by a forensic engineer.
A lawyer at our firm could help you advance your claim for statutory accident benefits, lost wages, and medical compensation. Let our team help gather evidence of liability for a lawsuit against the at-fault driver who caused the accident and perhaps the road authority that contributed to the poor conditions. Regardless of who is at fault for a Collingwood car accident involving bad weather, you can call Rastin Gluckstein Lawyers today to get started on your claim.