Hydroplane Car Accidents

Car Accident Lawyer Representing Injured People in Raleigh and Beyond

Together with his team at Nagle & Associates, Raleigh car accident attorney Carl Nagle has successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for injured individuals and their families. Throughout North Carolina, victims of serious car accidents have relied on Mr. Nagle to investigate crash causes and to identify all of the potential at-fault parties in a case.

Hydroplane car accidents involve tricky practical and legal issues. Insurance carriers often try to deny injury claims by arguing that the hydroplane event was a sudden emergency created by weather and not by driver error. If there is no driver error or negligence involved, the victims of the collision have no legal claims and no payment rights. Our firm stands ready to investigate the crash, look at the condition of tires and the roadway, and to prove that driver error did lead to the hydroplane accident. After establishing legal fault for causing a crash, Mr. Nagle works to set forth the full extent of harm, relying on medical documentation to support a strong claim for compensation. We have helped many clients recover the monetary damages that they have suffered during and after a crash, including people in Winston-Salem, Asheville, Wilmington, and other communities.

Secure Compensation for Harm Caused by a Hydroplane Car Accident

Hydroplaning can occur in wet road conditions during rain or when the surface of the pavement becomes slippery. The mixture of rainwater with oil residue can create a slippery surface that affects the ability of automobile tires to effectively grip the road. Motorists may find that their steering or braking power is compromised, and as a result, their vehicle can skid or slide out of control. Hydroplaning can lead to serious accidents, causing injuries or fatalities to drivers, passengers, and other people on the road.

While road conditions cannot be controlled, drivers are expected to adjust their conduct to account for slippery or wet conditions. All drivers are required to exercise due care and to operate their vehicles safely in adverse weather. For example, during a rainstorm, a driver should reduce their speed, increase the motor-speed on their windshield wipers, and provide extra space between their vehicle and others on the road.

Drivers can control the possibility of hydroplaning. When operating a car above 35 miles per hour, the risk of hydroplaning increases. Additionally, maintaining enough air in the tires and ensuring that the tire treads are not worn can help prevent hydroplaning.

Holding a driver accountable for a hydroplane car accident in a personal injury lawsuit always requires proof of driver negligence. When a driver fails to adjust or control their driving conduct to account for wet roads, and they thereby cause an accident, they may be responsible for the resulting damages.

Negligence requires that the plaintiff demonstrate the duty, breach, causation, and damages elements of this legal claim. All drivers owe a duty of care to avoid foreseeable harm, and a breach of this duty may be shown by speeding during wet road conditions or by suddenly braking on a slippery road. Causation is shown by setting forth evidence that there were no intervening or separate causes that led to the accident. Finally, damages may be set forth by the victim in the form of physical injuries and medical bills, as well as other types of costs and losses.

One important aspect of a personal injury claim in North Carolina is potentially overcoming the defense of contributory negligence. A defendant driver may allege that the plaintiff victim caused the accident, perhaps by following too closely, for example. If the evidence shows that the victim was partially at fault, even minimally, the strict doctrine of contributory negligence will prevent that plaintiff from recovering damages in most situations.

Discuss the Details of Your Situation with a Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyer

Money damages are available to accident victims who suffer injuries in a hydroplane car crash caused by driver error. For decades, Raleigh attorney Carl Nagle has exclusively focused on helping these injured individuals, as well as others hurt by the careless conduct of other motorists. Suffering the debilitating effects of a hydroplane accident can prove life-altering, but, by relying on the seasoned experience of former insurance adjuster and insurance claims defense attorney Carl Nagle, victims can recover the damages to which they are entitled. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced motor vehicle collision lawyer, call our office at (800) 411-1583 or contact us online. With seven offices throughout the state, we have helped people in Raleigh, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Charlotte, Hickory, Greensboro, and other communities throughout Durham, Wake, Forsyth, Guilford, Brunswick, Mecklenburg, Catawba, and Cumberland Counties.

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