Hydroplaning Car Accidents: Who Is Responsible?

hydroplaning car accidentIt can be terrifying for the victims of a car crash when a driver loses control of his vehicle. This can happen for many reasons, and a hydroplaning accident is one of the consequences. If you were injured when a driver hydroplaned, you may not believe that you can hold anyone responsible for compensating you for your injuries since the weather may have played a role in the wreck. However, this is not true, and there may be more liable parties than you think.

What Are the Causes of Hydroplaning?

Hydroplaning happens when a layer of water builds up between the road and a vehicle’s tires, causing the tires to lift up above the road. The driver has no control until the tires resume contact with the pavement. When only the tires on one side of the vehicle hydroplane, it can cause the vehicle to be pulled to this side and spin. Hydroplaning usually occurs when there is heavy rainfall producing a lot of water that sometimes pools on the road or creates large puddles. This is a common danger in Texas due to the frequent torrential rains throughout the year.

While weather plays a part in a hydroplane accident, driver negligence is often the ultimate cause. Some of the ways they cause these crashes include:

  • Speeding. When a driver is speeding, it is more likely that his tires will be unable to push away the water on the road, with hydroplaning being the result.
  • Tire conditions. When a vehicle’s tires are underinflated, defective, or worn, the tires have less traction on the road, and the likelihood that a vehicle will hydroplane increases significantly.
  • Road defects. Uneven pavement, potholes, and roadway drainage problems are a few road defects that can cause situations where hydroplane crashes are likely.

Who Is Liable in a Hydroplane Accident?

The responsible parties in a hydroplane car collision will depend on what caused it. Parties who could be liable include:

  • Negligent driver if his driving or lack of maintenance of his tires caused the wreck
  • Mechanic if he failed to inform the driver of an unsafe tire during regular maintenance or the annual vehicle inspection required for all vehicles in Texas
  • Manufacturer if a tire manufacturer defect was the problem
  • Municipality if road conditions contributed to the hydroplaning

Proving a party’s negligence in these wrecks can be challenging because the negligent parties will try to blame the weather. However, at Cain Law Firm, our legal team is committed to aggressively fighting to obtain the compensation our clients deserve. To schedule your free consultation, call our office or start an online chat.