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Common Accidents Due to Weather in SC

It is estimated that there is a car accident in South Carolina every 3.7 minutes. When inclement weather strikes, the number of accidents is bound to rise. Whether it be fog, thunderstorms, hurricanes, heavy rain, snow, or ice, the Palmetto State’s climate can vary from one region to the next, posing unique challenges for drivers.

If you have been in a motor vehicle accident in South Carolina, keep reading to learn about what factors are evaluated in determining liability in adverse weather conditions.

Liability in Inclement Weather Conditions

All motorists have a duty of care to other road users. Drivers have a duty to follow all traffic regulations. This duty to others extends to bad weather, in which drivers must adapt to keep others safe.

The following factors will be considered when determining liability in inclement weather:

Unsafe Driving Behavior

If a driver is taking turns too sharply or at a high speed, this is considered unsafe driving behavior. On dry roads, this kind of behavior is dangerous, but on slick roads, this behavior can prove fatal.

Following Too Closely

Everybody is in a hurry to get somewhere, but following a lead vehicle too closely in icy conditions or where there is low visibility is risky. While it is recommended to be four seconds behind a vehicle in ideal conditions, when traveling in adverse weather, you should be at least eight seconds behind the lead vehicle. Tailgating is only asking for trouble!

Handling Slippery Roads

It is recommended that you do not drive when the weather is bad, but if you must, you need to know what to do if you lose control of your vehicle. If your vehicle skids, avoid any jerky motions with the wheel. Turning into the skid is best to regain control of your car. However, if you do get into a crash, do not expect to just chalk it up to Mother Nature.

Headlight Usage

Using headlights allows other motorists to see your vehicle. South Carolina Code §56-5-4450 stipulates that a vehicle’s headlights must be in use at the following times:

However, you need to know when to use low beams versus high beams. Headlight glare is a leading cause of nighttime accidents. High beams do not always improve visibility. In fact, low beams are recommended when driving in heavy rain, fog, snow, or sleet.

Vehicle Condition

The condition of your vehicle plays a role in your liability in an accident. If you have worn tires, bad brakes, or a blown-out taillight, this will play a role in deciding your own accountability in the accident.

Speak with Our South Carolina Car Accident Lawyers

Poor road conditions in inclement weather cause a substantial number of accidents each year. South Carolina is notorious for having unpredictable weather, making getting to your destination stressful. If you have been in a car accident in South Carolina, our car accident lawyers are here to help. To schedule your free consultation, contact Parham Smith & Archenhold, LLC online or by calling 864-712-7566.