Living in a cold climate has benefits – no bugs, fewer allergens, and beautiful snow. However, the snow can also have its downsides, as shoveling and driving can be challenging. In fact, winter driving hazards are something that can leave even the most experienced drivers struggling. If injured in an accident due to another driver’s negligence in bad weather, you’ll need Monmouth County car accident attorneys to help represent you.
What Are the Common Winter Driving Hazards and How Do I Avoid Them?
Unfortunately, snow, ice, and hail can pose serious issues for drivers. One of the most common problems drivers face is slippery roads. Though tires have traction to aid the vehicle’s abilities, snow and ice can render them useless. Similarly, other drivers who refuse to clean off their cars before driving can create issues for others on the road. If the ice or snow becomes dislodged, it can strike the vehicles traveling behind at high speeds, causing damage and accidents.
When possible, you should avoid traveling. This is a surefire way to avoid being the victim of an accident. However, this isn’t always a possibility, as sometimes driving during bad weather is inevitable.
In order to avoid being the victim of a winter weather accident, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. One of the most beneficial steps to take is to utilize snow chains on your tires, which help provide extra traction. You should also clean off your car before traveling to help improve visibility and reduce the risk of accidents.
How Is Liability Determined?
In some cases, you may be the victim of an accident caused by bad weather. This may seem like it should be difficult to assign liability to help ensure you receive the correct compensation.
For example, if a car collides with you due to ice or snow, it may seem like the other driver wasn’t at fault but is a victim of the circumstances. However, a lawyer can help prove that they were driving too fast instead of exercising caution, leaving them liable for their actions. Because drivers are expected to adjust their driving habits in poor conditions, they can still be responsible for damages.
If injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence and winter weather, don’t wait to reach out to an attorney. You only have two years under the New Jersey statute of limitations on personal injury cases to file a claim, and waiting too long can further hurt your case.
Reach out to the Wilton Law Firm to connect with an experienced lawyer who can help guide you through the process of your personal injury case. We will fight to get you the justice you deserve.