An employee was walking toward his car when he slipped and fell on ice covered by a dusting of snow from that afternoon. Although elsewhere the parking lot was clear and dry, ice had formed where he was walking among cars—an area that had not been plowed or treated during the past two weeks.
For this predawn two-vehicle crash, involving a loader crossing the road and a SUV on the through road, the crash site was reported to have been dark with no streetlights. Eyewitnesses variously described crash-scene weather as some combination of mist, fog, or very light rain.
In this particular case, the plaintiff and her party had reported rain during their approach to the crash site. Yet, the nearest recording stations just showed a trace of rain. With the application of the Doppler weather records our forensic meteorologist, Dr. Raymond Lee, was able to show that the rainfall was sufficient to have washed asphalt resurfacing products in to the adjacent lane.
On a sunny afternoon, a driver turned left from a stop sign and a short distance later struck a pedestrian. The driver claimed that his turn and irregular shadows from city buildings suddenly exposed him to sun glare that prevented him from seeing the pedestrian.