Ice Road Accidents

In the south, most people prefer to stay off the roads when any threat of wintry weather is in the forecast. But what if you have to travel? Can you be sued when an auto accident occurs in bad road conditions?  While blaming the weather may sound like a good defense, this argument is unlikely to hold up in court.  Attorney Craig Hill was successful in obtaining a ($3,000,000.00) three million dollar verdict for a family that suffered loss during an ice storm. The lesson here is that blaming the weather will usually not allow you to escape liability from an auto accident. Even driving below the speed limit is not a full-proof defense as the court can determine you should have been driving slower than normal given the dangerous road conditions.  If you are ever in a traffic accident and have a question about your legal rights, Jones & Hill Law offices offer free consultations.

1. Vincent v. DOTD No. CA-00-00452 (778 So.2d 108 3rd. Cir)