Forensic Weather Consultants provide research and analysis for insurance companies and investigations after motor vehicle accidents, whether the accident may have been caused by precipitation, sun glare or fog. Read below for more information about our automobile accident weather reports.
Precipitation-related Motor Vehicle Accidents
Many motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) occur while it’s raining or snowing outside, though some occur when the weather is dry. Weather-related car accidents can be difficult to prove without proper documentation of the weather conditions at or around the time the accident report was filed. Our analyses and reports can help validate what weather and road conditions were when the accident occurred.
Bad weather accidents can affect levels of liability. Our historical weather reports can determine whether ponding of water or hydroplaning on the roads was possible or if the ground was even wet, snow-covered or icy.
Many times, police reports will say that it was raining or snowing and the ground was wet, but this may only be what was occurring when the police officer first arrived on the scene. Many times, MVAs occur when it is dry out, and rain or snow begins as the police officer is enroute to the scene.
Car accidents in snow or ice are very common in many parts of the country and weather can be the defining factor in a claim. Knowing exactly what the weather conditions were is often extremely important to a case. Forensic Weather Consultants provides detailed weather analyses and written reports for MVA cases where rainfall, snowfall, wet roads, black ice or ponding of water may have been a factor.
Forensic weather investigations of MVAs involving fog, sun glare, low visibility or smoke are also common cases reviewed by Forensic Weather Consultants. By studying the weather records, we can validate the authenticity of sun glare- or fog-blamed accidents. Factors such as surface observations, weather advisories or warnings and astronomical information can help determine if sun glare was in someone’s eyes, if any natural moonlight was present, or if dense fog and low visibility were factors where and when the accident occurred. We can recreate the angle and elevation of the sun and any specific time at any location.