Winter driving hazards can cause car accidents and serious injuries if drivers do not pay proper attention and take precautions. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 121,000 accidents occurred in 2021 while there were sleet or snow conditions. You can prepare to deal with some of these hazards, but negligent drivers can still cause accidents and injuries. If you get hurt in an accident and you believe that someone else is to blame, then you need to talk to our Monmouth County car accident attorneys.
How Can I Avoid Winter Driving Hazards?
You can avoid many winter driving hazards by just being more careful on the road. The roads can get slippery, so slow down and give other cars more space. It gets dark earlier, so make sure that your lights are working properly. Also, you should always keep a close eye on your tires. If your tread depth gets too shallow or any of your tires are not properly inflated, that can affect your traction.
Who is Responsible When Winter Driving Hazards Cause Accidents?
Winter driving hazards can contribute to accidents, but they are not usually the only thing to blame. You can’t sue an icy road, but you can pursue damages after someone speeds and rear-ends your car because they couldn’t stop in time. This driver did not take the proper precautions and they caused an accident.
So, while it’s true that the glare of headlights off a mound of snow or a snowstorm that makes it difficult to see 10 feet in front of you could be partly blamed for an accident, the real responsibility lies with the driver who did not prepare for such winter driving hazards. Do your best to prepare for the season’s potential pitfalls and increase your odds of getting to your destination safely each time.
Can I Sue for Compensation After an Accident?
You can sue for compensation if you believe that someone else caused an accident. You might receive an initial offer from an insurance company, but we do not recommend taking it. The insurer wants to get out of this for as little money as they can.
A personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you fight for a fair and reasonable compensation offer, one that can make up for your medical expenses, lost wages, and any pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your accident. We will do our best to help you build a convincing case that shows how another driver did not properly prepare to deal with winter driving hazards and that they caused you harm as a result.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you believe that you have a personal injury case to pursue, our lawyers may be able to help you. Contact the Wilton Law Firm and schedule your free consultation. We would like to learn more about your case so that we can tell you more about your legal options.