We all know that driving safely helps protect not only the driver, but also the other drivers and passengers on the road. We also know that not everyone takes this advice.
Some drive too fast, fail to check blind spots, use their phones while driving, run stop signs or stop lights and make many other dangerous or risky decisions. Sometimes, these decisions end up causing car accidents.
When people are involved in car accidents, it is important that they receive the compensation they deserve and need for the damages they suffer. They may have extensive damage to their vehicles and suffer injuries as a result of the accident. However, how or if they receive the compensation usually depends on who was at fault for the accident.
Sometimes it is easy to tell who is at fault. If a driver goes through a red light and hits another vehicle driving through the intersection with a green light, it is easy to determine the driver who ran the red light is at fault.
Other times, determining fault is more difficult. Sometimes, drivers lose control of a car due to the conditions of the road.
One such situation is hydroplaning.
After an accident involving hydroplaning, it may seem like there was not anything the driver could do to avoid the problem, but that is not necessarily true.
What causes hydroplaning determines who is at fault
Hydroplaning occurs when the tires of a car cannot displace the water underneath them and therefore the tires lose contact with the road.
This can occur because the tire tread is too worn and the tires should have been replaced. It can also occur when the driver is driving too fast for the conditions. Drivers should also try to avoid big puddles when they can or slow down if they cannot avoid it.
If the driver who hydroplanes is driving too fast for the conditions, or they are driving on tires that should have been replaced, they may be at fault for any accident they cause and may be responsible for compensating the victims for the damage they cause.
The victims of these accidents deserve compensation. Experienced attorneys know how to determine fault in these situations and may be able to guide one through the process.