Types of Bad Weather in Arizona
As a driver, one must learn to deal with many different types of situations including handling bad weather. There are four seasons throughout the year but there are many more different types of weather conditions a driver can expect to deal with.
Unfortunately weather conditions are not something that can be easily predicted and a motorist can go from driving in sunny weather to rainy conditions in no time.
Each year thousands of car accidents are caused by poor weather conditions and drivers who may not know how handle driving in these types of conditions. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (AZDOT) more than 103,000 car crashes were reported throughout the state in 2011 of which approximately 11% occurred during bad weather conditions.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle crash that occurred during bad weather conditions, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your accident incident, fill out the FREE CASE REVIEW form to your right.
Arizona weather can vary by location and time of year, oftentimes the weather can dramatically change if a driver is in the dessert or mountainous area of the state.
Some common types bad weather conditions Arizona drivers may experience include:
- Cloudy Skies
- High Winds
- Blowing Sand/Soil/Dirt
- Sun Glare
Although tornadoes are not a common in Arizona, they can happen and could be extremely hazardous for anyone on the road. In 2010 there was an outbreak of tornadoes and 8 tornadoes were reported throughout the state in one day. Drivers should always listen for warnings of bad weather conditions.
Cloudy weather and rain was reported during more than 10,400 crashes in 2011 resulting in nearly 5,000 injured persons.
According to AZDOT nearly 200 pedestrian crashes occurred during bad weather conditions and additionally more than 150 accidents involving cyclists happened during similar weather conditions.
Bad Weather Driving Risks
It is important for all drivers to understand why driving in bad weather conditions can be hazardous. There are two main reasons why driving in such weather conditions can be dangerous:
All types of bad weather can cause poor visibility conditions for motorists. Sun glare, fog, and rain can cause visibility problems and if a driver fails to follow up on proper car maintenance the visibility problems can be worse. Worn out windshield wipers can be problematic as can a dirty and/or dusty windshield during smog or fog.
Losing Control of the Vehicle
During rainy and cold weather conditions, a car can easily lose traction on the road due to hydroplaning or ice that has formed on the road. A person may also lose control of a vehicle during high winds particularly when a vehicle is travelling at high speeds.
In particular drivers need to be cautious when driving in bad weather around other motorists. Although you may be cruising carefully other drivers may not be as experienced driving in such conditions or could have faulty bad weather safety equipment.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident during adverse weather conditions and the victim is seeking legal counsel on the matter, our auto accident attorneys are ready to help.
Contact our Mesa Auto Accident Attorneys
Mother Nature is not something anyone can control and so every day drivers could face bad weather conditions they may not have expected earlier in the day. If you or a loved one has been injured by a careless driver during bad weather conditions, the injured party may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
At Phillips Law Group our knowledgeable group of lawyers can provide can help guide you through the entire litigation process and provide the comprehensive legal counsel you need to determine if you are eligible to make a claim.
Our main office is located in Phoenix, Arizona and we also proudly serve the following areas:
- Lake Havasu City
We can help you get started on your claim right away, call 1-800-706-3000 and one of our intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers after a few initial questions about your accident.
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