Although Texas is no stranger to inclement weather, lately it seems as if winter is trying to make a home in the Lone Star State. In the last few weeks, Houston and other parts of the state have seen snow, freezing rain and ice that has wreaked havoc on the highways. This has led to many car accidents, some of which have resulted in injuries.
On Dec. 8, a wave of wintry weather brought horrid road conditions to Waco, with officers sent out to over 40 accidents before noon. In Bell County, officers were dispatched out to 50 accidents. McLennan County Department of Public Safety was just as busy, with a total of 43 accidents between midnight and 9:30 a.m.
For those who were traveling, there were concerns about how safe it would be to travel. Others decided it was simply safer to stay home and off the roads. As the day progressed, the conditions improved a bit later in the day. However, there were freezing temperatures predicted for overnight. Even if the roads were able to clear by the evening, those temperatures would have the ice and snow refreezing.
When car accidents happen in adverse weather conditions, it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly who is to blame. This is especially true when it comes to multi-car accidents. However, police are normally able to list an at-fault driver. When this happens, those who were injured in the crash have someone to hold responsible for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other economic and non-economic damages. Personal injury attorneys can provide victims and their families with advice on how best to seek this compensation through a civil court.
Source: KCENTV, “Dozens of Accidents Before Central Texas Roads Thaw Sunday” No author given, Dec. 08, 2013