If you were involved in a vehicular accident, you may have a difficult time proving the other driver was liable if the cause of the accident is considered to be an “Act of God.”
Why an Accident May Be Considered an “Act of God”
You are usually entitled to some form of compensation if you were involved in a car accident that was caused by another driver. However, the insurance companies and the court may not find the other driver liable if the accident occurred for a reason that was out of his or her control. These types of accidents are commonly classified as “Acts of God.”
Adverse weather conditions can sometimes be considered “Acts of God” if they create exceedingly hazardous conditions for drivers and result in accidents. Examples may be a tornado or flash floods appearing without any forewarning. However, drivers are usually found liable for accidents that occurred because of ice and snow on the road.
Heart attacks, strokes and other medical emergencies can happen suddenly, and a driver may not be found liable if the condition caused a loss of control of the vehicle. If the driver was advised not to drive by his or her doctor because of a preexisting condition, you may be able to use this information to prove liability. A personal injury lawyer can help you gather evidence that may help you prove that the other driver was in fact at fault.
If an object falls onto a vehicle from an airplane or a freeway overpass and causes the driver to hit another vehicle, this can also be classified as an “Act of God.” This may definitely be the case if the fallen object causes the driver to become injured or lose consciousness.