As beautiful as Arizona is, driving across the state can be frightening due to quick and unpredictable changes in the weather. Weather-related accidents are far more common than most think, and the damages suffered in such a car crash can be quite severe. It is only natural for anyone negatively affected by this type of incident to question whether any form of compensation may be available.
When people think about weather-related accidents, most think about those caused due to severe rain storms or, in some places, snow and ice. However, vision hazards such as dust, smoke and fog are also major concerns for drivers. The lack of visibility caused by these types of conditions is dangerous for everyone out on the road.
According to a recently reported study, approximately 90 fatalities a year can be associated with vision hazards. It is believed, though, that this is a very conservative approximation, as not all police reports included whether such hazards contribute to car crashes. Upon further investigation, it is believed that about 700 fatalities annually can actually be attributed to fog, smoke and or dust. While these numbers may seem insignificant when thinking on a national scale, any auto-related fatality is one too many.
As no one can control changes in the weather, when a car crash does happen, questioning liability is completely reasonable. Even if weather is considered a major factor, drivers are still responsible for driving safely in poor conditions. Those who do not take appropriate measures may face claims for liability for any resulting damages. Arizona residents who have suffered injuries or who have lost loved ones due to other individuals' negligent actions while behind the wheel can seek compensation for their losses. If negligence is successfully established in civil court, a monetary judgment may be awarded for fair and full restitution regarding economic and non-economic losses.
Source: newsroom.niu.edu, "Driving blind", May 13, 2015