According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a recent crash involved a driver who hydroplaned after a sudden rainstorm. Police say that Jennifer Zuniga, 30, was traveling on State Road 70 in a 2006 Ford F-150 when she began to hydroplane due to water on the roadway. The truck turned and crossed the center line. Another vehicle was traveling down the road when the truck hydroplaned, causing the driver to evasively steer the vehicle into the north shoulder. The two vehicles collided.
Several people were killed in the crash and a child was injured. The crash is still under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.
Weather Conditions and Personal Injury
Hydroplaning occurs when the road is covered in water from a rainstorm and a driver begins to skid over the surface, losing contact with the road beneath. A driver could be hydroplaning for some time before losing control of the vehicle without realizing that his or her tires are not connecting with the road to provide friction. A sudden burst of wind or a braking maneuver to avoid another vehicle could result in a crash.
Those who are involved in accidents attributed to poor weather conditions may believe that they cannot seek compensation for their injuries. However, this is not always true. While the insurance company may claim that the accident was unavoidable and not the result of negligence on the part of one of those involved, this may not be true. All drivers on the road are required to operate their vehicles in a reasonable manner. While weather conditions may have contributed to the crash, this may not be the only factor. If a driver was acting in a negligent manner, such as drink and driving or driving while distracted, they may still be responsible for the crash, despite the weather conditions.
If you have been involved in a crash where weather conditions were a factor, be sure to speak with a Florida personal injury attorney anyway. Your attorney may discover that there were other factors, such as driver negligence, which contributed to the crash. If so, you may have grounds to seek compensation from the at-fault driver.
The team at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami have extensive experience aiding the victims of traffic crashes seek compensation for injuries sustained in the crash. We have an expansive understanding of personal injury law and can help you determine if you have grounds for a personal injury suit. If you do, we can help you gather evidence and build a solid case. We will aggressively represent you when negotiating with the insurance companies and even take your case to trial if a settlement cannot be reached. Contact us today for more information.