Winds occur across the U.S. and Seattle, and all of Washington State are not immune to the potentially negative effects that high winds can have.
Unfortunately, high winds can result in increased car and truck accidents, impact the use of machinery at construction sites and cause issues for homes and other structures.
Due to the dangerous conditions that high winds create, it is imperative to stay safe. If you are involved in an accident and sustain an injury because of another person’s negligence or recklessness, it is possible to file a personal injury lawsuit and recover compensation.
Learn more about the impact of high winds and how they can contribute to accidents here.
High winds and driving conditions
Wind speed can complicate driving conditions in several ways. Not only does wind cause stability issues, particularly for large trucks and SUVs, but it can also impact the performance of some vehicles. Additionally, high winds are not unusual to pick up and move debris, which can reduce driver visibility.
Because the driving conditions are more dangerous, drivers must take steps to stay safe, such as slowing down and avoiding distractions.
Winds and construction sites
High winds can also impact large machinery like cranes. In fact, winds are the second most common cause of crane accidents worldwide. Construction site managers need to know when it is unsafe to operate a crane, and manufacturers need to take steps to ensure equipment is stabilized during high winds.
Your rights after an accident
If you are involved in an accident caused by high winds, you have the right to recover compensation. If high winds are involved, and another party was negligent or reckless, you can file a lawsuit and receive compensation. Knowing your legal options is important.