Posted by: Kemmy Law Firm
Although Odessa, Texas does not get heavy snow during the winter, it can get severe weather that can cause car accidents. When ice or rain results in a crash and you are injured, you need to speak with an attorney as quickly as possible. It can be difficult to determine who is at fault, and you will need the guidance of an experienced Odessa personal injury lawyer.
Odessa sees temperatures that range from the low 30s to low 60s during the winter. This is the perfect weather for rain and other near-frozen precipitation. Although Odessa might not get much snow, it can get freezing rain, sleet, and ice when temperatures dip. Nighttime is often the most dangerous time to drive in Odessa.
It’s easy to slip on roadways covered in near-freezing precipitation. When multiple cars slide on the road or there is a pileup, it can be hard to know who is at fault in an accident. Sometimes more than one person is to blame.
Usually, if someone slides into the rear-end of a car, it is the fault of the person who slid into the car. This is why drivers should make sure there is enough stopping distance in front of them, especially when the weather is bad.
If there is a pileup, the cars that hit the rear-end of other cars are at fault for each accident. They should have made sure there was plenty of stopping distance between them and the cars in front of them.
However, if a car behind you pushes you into a car in front of you, the car that started the collision process may be ultimately to blame.
Insurance companies will try to deny claims in the winter. They will blame the weather and say you are partially or wholly at fault. That’s why it’s crucial to gather as much evidence as possible at the scene of the accident.
You should call the police and make sure the officer makes an accident report. The accident report should detail what happened. The officer may even issue a traffic ticket to the drivers who were negligent and drove recklessly.
You should also take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. You should make sure you take a picture of every car involved. Also, take photos of their tires to show the tread so you can determine if the drivers had adequately maintained and prepared their vehicles for winter weather.
You may have to file multiple insurance claims if more than one person is at fault or if you have to work with your own insurance company as well. The insurance companies may try to blame other people and deny your claim. This can be incredibly complicated, and it’s essential to work with an attorney through this process.
If you or a loved one are involved in a winter weather car accident in or around Odessa, Texas, Kemmy Law Firm is here to help. Call one of our experienced lawyers who will listen to your situation and guide you through the insurance claims process. You can reach out via phone at (432) 400-0000 or use our online contact form.
We will review what happened and explain your legal options. There are no upfront fees. You only pay us after we recover compensation for you and your family.
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When you work with us at Kemmy Law Firm, you are working with a family run firm with more than 50 years of combined experience. We are dedicated and successful trial attorneys practicing in West TX, Hobbs, NM, Midland-Odessa, and across the Permian Basin. Our team handles everything from catastrophic injury claims to complex business matters. We are here to fight for you. We dedicate our time and attention to your case and use every resource available to maximize your claim and obtain the best possible outcome.