Commuting to and from work is part of most people’s daily activities; in fact, workers in Georgia have one of the longest commuting times in the country, with an average of 28.4 minutes each way. All this time on the road leaves Georgia residents more vulnerable to car accidents; recent statistics show more than 1,720 drivers are involved in accidents daily! That’s around 70 car accidents per hour. And one of the top 10 leading causes of car accidents is bad weather. 

The fact is, bad weather increases the chances of a car accident, conditions such as fog, rain, and snow can hamper visibility and impact the performance of your vehicle. 

Types of “bad weather”

When someone says “bad weather,” what first comes to mind is snow, but there are more categories of bad weather that can affect driving.

  • Black ice: When rain or snow freezes on the road, it creates black ice, patches of ice especially tricky to spot, hitting them can cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle in a matter of seconds.
  • High winds: Strong winds can cause debris like tree branches to hit the car and also, make large vehicles harder to control and cause them to rollover. 
  • Rain: From a light drizzle to pouring rain, any type of precipitation can be dangerous; it makes the road slick, especially during the first 10 minutes of rain.

 

You may think that snow and black ice are the leading causes of weather-related car crashes, but the truth is that rainy conditions and wet pavement take the lead on what causes the most weather-related accidents. 

 

Why is driving in the rain so dangerous?

 

  • Poor visibility: Heavy rain causes diminished visibility, affecting the driver’s ability to see ahead for obstacles and other drivers. According to the FHWA, nearly 70% of weather-related crashes occur on wet pavement.
  • Hydroplaning:  This occurs when the car’s tires don’t have proper traction due to wet road surfaces, which can cause drivers to spin and lose control of the vehicle. 
  • Speeding: Drivers often fail to adjust their speed when it’s raining, often causing rear-ended accidents. 

 

How to prevent a weather-related car accident? 

The best way to prevent a weather-related car accident is to avoid driving in these conditions, which is often impossible for most drivers. So if you have to drive, slow down, pay attention to the road, and take additional precautions like:

 

    • Avoid braking suddenly: If you feel like your car is slipping, don’t brake; take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction you are skidding while gently tapping the brake pedal. This will likely straighten the path of the vehicle. 
    • Stay focused on the road: When weather conditions are hazardous, pay extra attention to the road ahead, and put away anything that might distract you, especially your phone. Other drivers or pedestrians could be stopped ahead, and you need extra time to brake, especially when the road is slippery. 
    • Slow down: There’s nothing worse you can do than speeding in bad weather; your safety is more important than getting home early. A slower pace allows you to brake if there are any obstacles in the road. 
    • Increase the distance between you and other vehicles: Double the distance between you and the car ahead, and avoid driving right next to another vehicle.
    • Keep your headlights on: Even if it’s daytime, having them on will increase visibility and allow other drivers to see you in the distance. If the weather worsens, consider turning on your hazard lights, especially if you are slowing down. 
  • Stay calm: Driving in hazardous weather can be scary even for the most experienced drivers, you may feel extra nervous, but staying calm is key to making smart and safe decisions.
  • Winterize your vehicle: If winter is approaching, make sure your tires and windshield wipers are in good condition, and replace them if necessary. 



Car accident injuries can sometimes be nearly fatal, requiring a hospital stay, long-term medical care, and physical rehabilitation, leading to substantial hospital bills, loss of wages, and more. If you are in this unfortunate situation, you could wonder if you can get financial compensation. If a faulty party is involved, you might be entitled to it, but when the weather plays a role in a car accident, figuring out who’s at fault can be very tricky. However, the driver that caused the accident could still be liable as there are preventative measures that could have been taken to avoid it. 

 

If you or a loved one are in this situation, reach out to an experienced attorney in Castan & Lecca that can assist you and figure out whether you are entitled to any type of compensation and how to handle this case. 

 

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MICHAEL BOESCHEN

Attorney

Michael Boeschen (Mike) was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Mike graduated from The McCallie School and went on to study history, Spanish, and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law. During law school, Mike participated in the Legal Aid Clinic, assisting in the defense of indigent criminal defendants. Mike has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2002 and his main practice area consists of representing injured workers as they navigate through the Georgia workers’ compensation system. Mike is also fluent in Spanish. In his spare time Mike enjoys following soccer, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Mike and his family are parishioners of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, GA

CHRISTIAN PECONE

Attorney

ED DENKER

Attorney

Edward Denker was born in Philadelphia, PA but has made Georgia his home since 1999. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Edward spent his first years in practice representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims. He then spent more than a decade honing his litigation skills representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims, where he gained immense experience and knowledge of how insurers defend those claims. In 2017, Edward returned to his passion of representing people who have been injured at work or through the negligence of others. When he isn’t working, Edward enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. He is also an avid sports fan, and enjoys cooking and travel

ILIANA DOBREV

Attorney

Iliana Dobrev was born in Bulgaria. After high school, she immigrated to the United States to study law. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in political science concentrating on pre-law and minoring in Spanish. In 2015, she graduated from Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, Iliana completed a Graduate Research Assistantship in Labor and Employment Law and Employment Discrimination and two externships in Immigration Law. As an immigrant herself, Iliana is passionate about advocating for and defending immigrants. She is delighted to help families stay together and pursue the American dream. Iliana is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and worked in both a fellowship and a firm specializing in immigration law. Iliana is fluent in Bulgarian and Spanish

KEN THAXTON

Attorney

Ken Thaxton was born and raised in Roberta, GA. When Ken was a child, his father started a trucking business, which Ken ultimately spent over ten years working with through his late teens and twenties. Ken graduated from Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA in 2001 with a 4.0 GPA. He then studied Business and Information Technology at Macon State College, ultimately graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 2004. After graduation, Ken continued to work with his father’s trucking company, and in late 2005, Ken and his father started an aircraft charter company, Southern Jet, Inc., under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Ken served as President of Southern Jet from 2006 until 2010, when he and his father sold the company. Ken is a Commercially Licensed Instrument, Multi-Engine Pilot. While serving as President of Southern Jet, Ken started Law School at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2009. Ken focused primarily on business and civil law, including Workers’ Compensation, while at UGA. He graduated Cum Laude and in the top 25% of his class from UGA Law in 2012. Ken is a licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and he is also a licensed neutral (mediator) in the State of Georgia. Ken represents small businesses in transactional matters and business conflicts, and he also represents injured workers and Plaintiffs injured in cases of negligence. During his spare time, Ken enjoys swimming, cycling, sporting clays, and fishing. He also does charity work with a national scholarship fund

ALEXANDER LECCA

Attorney

Alexander Lecca (Alex) was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents from Cuba and Peru. Alex graduated from Coral Gables High School, where he was a recipient of the Elsa Glazer Award (given to students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA and above). He went on to study marketing at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. At the University of Miami he was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. In law school, Alex received several book awards and graduated Cum Laude. During law school Alex clerked for the Honorable Beth Bloom, had an internship with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s office, and clerked for a prestigious litigation law firm. Alex is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Florida and handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Alex is also fluent in Spanish. During his spare time, Alex enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and four children. He also helps coach his children’s baseball, football, basketball, and soccer teams. Alex and his family are parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

DANIEL CASTAN 

Attorney

Dan Castan is a senior partner at Castan and Lecca, PC in Buckhead and represents injured workers before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and plaintiffs in State and Superior Courts of Georgia for injuries suffered in accidents. Dan litigated one of the seminal claims securing the rights of undocumented workers to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits in the state of Georgia when injured in the case of Wet Walls, Inc. vs. Ledesma. Dan has successfully fought and settled multi million dollar cases. He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey to immigrant parents from Cuba. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and received his Juris Doctor from The Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington D.C.  Dan was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November, 1993.  He is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Dan is a founding member and Director of the Latino Victory Fund Georgia and serves on the Board of The Latin American Association. Dan has been dedicated to getting Latinos elected to local, state and Federal offices in Georgia. He has been a Big Brother through Big Brothers and Sisters of Metro Atlanta and a mentor through The Latin American Association’s mentor/mentee program. Dan is married with two children.