By krfenton8 - 11/01/2016 06:49
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Well if the weather was bad outside, would you rather take a vehicle that protects you from it and gets you to your destination faster, or be exposed to the environment? Op was probably concerned about their health and comfort. What happened to them was just an unfortunate accident
is it really your fault though? abit unlucky if the law works that way
Wouldn't it also be the other drivers at fault? There's no details to this crash but I'm assuming this wasn't a multi-lane highway because OP is alive. It seems to me that the other drivers clearly didn't have enough stopping distance to avoid the crash, and therefore are at fault.
I wonder if they salted the roads yet I know in my neighborhood they haven't
That's not really your fault though. Cars do slide on ice. No one knows when it will happen.
As a driver, you are supposed to drive safely within the conditions - if it's icy, leave extra space and drive slower. Yes accidents happen, that's why we have insurance. Pileups should not happen, clearly all drivers involved were not driving safely - as in, likely following too closely.
I know, right? It's so mysterious! One moment you're driving along thinking about how icy it is, and the next you're skidding into three other cars. It's like cars have minds of their own. (eyeroll) But seriously, OP should be thanking their lucky stars they didn't kill anybody (or themselves). This is a textbook case of careless driving. I weep for humanity seeing that #8 is a top comment. Nobody who thumbed this comment up should have a driver's license.
They won't get anywhere. A judge will drop that as an accident and make your insurance cover their medical issues, which is the reason you have insurance. So they can't sue you to cover their injury costs. But, why were they able to hit you? Seems like following too closely to me. Also a traffic violation. Had they have been following at the proper distance for weather conditions, they could have stopped. Accidents happen, you were insured, don't sweat over it. I'd say practice driving in the snow some, but no matter how much you do it, anyone can loose control in ice and snow.
That being said, it amazes me how frivolous many of those lawsuits are. I have a story regarding that: A couple years ago, my mom was taking one of my brothers shopping. At the time she drove a pickup truck (a 2001 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the extended cab, in case you were wondering), which can be a bit tricky to park at times. That being said, she accidentally knocked the driver's side mirror off the car to her right. The owner was in the car at the time. He was fine, but pissed. My mom handled the situation responsibly: She offered to cover the damages, but still exchanged insurance information. The guy contacted the insurance company and got his mirror fixed, and she thought that was the end of it. However, a few months later, he took her to court over "injuries" sustained in the "crash". Remember that the extent of the damage on the guy's car was a broken mirror. The car bodies themselves never once made contact. And still, he claims that he brought back chronic pain from an old neck injury by sharply turning his head, despite being fine at the scene of the accident, which is bullshit in it's own right. She spoke to my dad, who has chronic back and shoulder pain, following the ordeal, and he agreed. And yet despite all of the aforementioned holes in the guy's case, he still managed to get awarded $3000 in insurance money. It's crazy how far some people will go to avoid work, and make an easy buck.