Hail is defined as a solid form of precipitation. It consists of mostly water and ice and can measure anywhere between five and 200 millimeters in diameter. In most cases, hail will typically fall at higher speeds depending on the size of the hail, which can also cause extreme damage to automobiles and other structures.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident as the result of hail, or your insurance company is neglecting to pay for hail damages, our car accident attorneys believe that the victim may be entitled to compensation for losses and damages including; pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and property damages.
Tips For Driving In A Hail Storm
Driving in a hail storm creates a huge hazard to all drivers on the road. These storms are known to cause a great amount of damage and greatly reduce a drivers ability to react to sudden situations which may occur. Therefore, as responsible members of our Ohio community, our attorneys have created a list of tips for driving in a hail storm.
Some tips for driving in hail include:
- Activate turn signal far in advance
- Allow extra following distance form braking
- Avoid downed power lines
- Avoid driving at all costs
- Cover any glass inside vehicle to avoid injury
- Pull over to the side of the road and wait for hail to pass
- Slow down
- Treat traffic lights and intersections like stop signs
- Try to find shelter for vehicle
- Turn on low beam headlights
- Turn on the radio and become informed of approaching storms
Our attorneys recommend driving with increased attention while driving in a hail storm, as well as practicing an increased amount of defensive driving habits. It is also recommended to simply avoid driving during a hail storm, as it will help your car and decrease your chances of becoming involved in an accident.
How Hail Can Damage Your Car
As hail is frozen precipitation, it is solid, thus can cause an immense amount of damage to anything in its path, including your vehicle. Often times, it will cause damages to your vehicle, which insurance companies may or may not provide protection against.
Some common types of vehicle hail damage include:
- Broken windows
- Chips in paint job
- Cracked windshield
- Damages associated with accidents
If your vehicle has experienced damages as a result from hail, it is advised to report this damage to your insurance agency and see if you have hail damage coverages for your vehicle.
Types Of Accidents Caused By Driving In Hail
Due to hail creating a hazard to our Ohio roadways, there are many different types of accidents caused by driving in hail. In most cases, a drivers response time is decreased due to decreased visibility, thus if a driver is driving recklessly or negligently, they have an increased chance of becoming involved in an accident.
Some types of accidents caused by driving in hail include:
- Head-on collision
- Rear-end collision
- T-bone collision
- Rollover accident
- Hit and run accident
- Pedestrian accidents
If you have been injured in any of these types of accidents, it is recommended to seek medical attention immediately. This will not only ensure all injuries have been cared for, but will also provide our attorneys with medical documentation of your injuries, which can be used against the negligent driver whom caused the accident.
Injuries Caused By Driving In Hail
It has been recognized that there are a variety of different accidents which can occur from driving in hail. These accidents can vary in severity and may result in damages, injuries and possible death, not to mention the damages already caused by driving in hail.
Some common injuries caused by driving in hail include:
- Airbag injuries
- Broken bones
- Broken glass injuries
- Concussion injuries
- Corneal abrasions
- Internal injuries
- Seatbelt injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Wrist injuries
just to name a few
There are dozens of injuries which can occur as a result of an auto accident, in the case that these injuries are severe; it may lead to the fatal injuries.
Contact Our Ohio Attorneys Today
At O’Connor, Acciani & Levy, our Cincinnati personal injury attorneys are proud to provide our clients with the professionalism, dedication, and expertise of a law firm that has been providing services to the area since 1992. Our attorneys will work relentlessly to achieve the MAXIMUM compensation benefits available for your damages and injuries, and will not charge you unless a verdict or settlement has been ruled.
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