High Wind Accidents
High winds increase the risk of motor vehicle collisions, and these stormy conditions may lead to crashes that result in catastrophic injuries for drivers and passengers. Typically defined as winds of at least 40 mph, or gusts of wind over 58 mph, high winds may cause drivers to lose control of their cars, particularly if they do not adjust their driving to account for the conditions. Unfortunately, insurance companied often deny responsibility for victim’s claims in storm-crash cases by asserting that the collision was caused by an “act of God” and that no driver error was involved. At Nagle & Associates, dedicated Raleigh car accident attorney Carl Nagle only represents victims of roadway accidents. Carl has extensive experience overcoming insurance carrier defenses and he stand ready to prove that driver errors are the root cause of the collision, even in high wind or inclement weather cases. If you or someone close to you has suffered injuries in a high wind collision, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Mr. Nagle understands the dangers posed by motor vehicles in these situations, and he works to hold careless drivers accountable when their conduct leads to harm. Before founding our firm, Mr. Nagle worked as an insurance defense attorney and insurance claims adjuster. Now, as a dedicated advocate for car accident victims, Mr. Nagle’s insurance industry work experience heightens his negotiation and litigation skills. Our firm is proud to represent injured people throughout the state, including victims in Asheville, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem.Seek Compensation from a Negligent Driver for Injuries in a High Wind Accident
High winds may have a serious effect on roads, leading to traffic congestion and limited visibility due to blowing debris or dust. Vehicles may become less stable under high winds. Often, high winds accompany rain or snow, as well as other precipitation like hail.
As in many situations, drivers are expected to adjust their speed to maintain control of their vehicle. Larger vehicles, such as tractor-trailers and tow trucks, may be particularly susceptible to loss of control. Slippery conditions in high winds may lead to devastating wrecks.
If a driver’s careless conduct, such as speeding during high winds, results in a collision, they may be held liable for the resulting injuries. A victim may assert a claim against a driver for their failure to drive as a reasonable person would drive under similar circumstances. For example, a driver who fails to reduce speed or otherwise adjust to windy conditions may be deemed to have breached their duty of care. When a driver breaches their duty of care, the victim has a right to hold them legally accountable.
One potential challenge for victims of high wind accidents is overcoming the potential allegation that they contributed to causing the crash. Injured individuals pursuing a claim against a negligent driver must be able to show that they did not partially cause the accident. The contributory negligence doctrine under North Carolina law prevents victims from securing compensation from another driver if they were even slightly responsible for the collision.
After a victim shows that a driver’s careless conduct caused an accident and led to their injuries, they may be entitled to damages. These include two categories: economic and noneconomic. Economic damages in a high wind accident case comprise quantifiable costs that may be calculated from expenses such as medical bills, loss of earnings, and damage to a vehicle. These damages include past and future costs, and it is particularly important to prove the full extent of the injuries in order to account for the future medical costs for the victim.
Non-economic damages refer to the physical and emotional stress caused by an injury. Mental suffering, emotional distress, and loss of consortium are types of non-economic damages.Discuss Your Personal Injury Claim with a Skilled Raleigh Attorney
Weather-related issues may contribute to causing severe car accidents and lead to devastating injuries for drivers and others on the road. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a high wind accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At Nagle & Associates, Raleigh lawyer Carl Nagle has the knowledge and experience to prove the full extent of injuries, recovering damages for present and future medical treatments and procedures. Our firm offers discounted legal fees, charging 25% of the amount collected from insurance carriers and at-fault drivers, compared to the 33% charged by many other firms. Our commitment to our clients is reflected in this lower percentage, since we believe that accident victims and their families should recover a larger share of their settlement award. We can help people who need a motor vehicle collision attorney in Raleigh, Asheville, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charlotte, Hickory, and other communities throughout Forsyth, Wake, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Catawba, New Hanover, and Cumberland Counties. To set up a free consultation with a skilled attorney, you may use our online form or call us at (800) 411-1583.