Ice Car Accident Claim *
Driving in snow and ice can be quite dangerous and can lead to the cause of a road traffic accident * involving drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Poor weather conditions can reduce visibility and make the surface of the road slippery and difficult to drive on. This can make driving more dangerous and can increase the chances of an accident. It is important that drivers adapt their driving behaviour and techniques when driving in these conditions in order to ensure the safety of both themselves and other road users.
Who is Liable?
An important part of making a personal injuries claim * is determining who is liable for the cause if the accident or the injuries which have been sustained. In most cases it is the local councils or authorities who are responsible for maintaining the roads and ensuring that there are no potential hazards which may lead to an accident. If they have failed to clear snow or ice and this led to an accident they could be seen as liable.
If it is found that another road user acted in a negligent manner and did not follow the rules of the road they may be seen as responsible for any injuries which have been sustained. There is a universal expectation that all road users will follow the rules of the road. If there has been a break in these rules it can lead to the cause of an accident.
When driving in these conditions drivers have a responsibility to ensure that they take extra care on the roads and should not make unnecessary journeys.
- Head injuries
- Injuries to the legs and feet
- Back injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Breaks and Fractures
- Spinal Injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Nerve damage
- Sprains and Strains
- Cuts and lacerations
Causes of Ice Car Accidents
Poor Weather Conditions
During the colder months of the year it can be a common occurrence that roads may become icy, making driving conditions more difficult. It is important that if you are travelling on icy roads that you take extra care while doing so. Patches of black ice can also lead to car accidents as drovers may not be aware of this.
Speeding is a common cause of any type of road traffic accident *, not just those which happen in icy conditions. Due to slippery road surfaces this can lead to cars which are speeding to swerve and slide off the road when they try to come to a stop.
Lack of Road Maintenance
It is important that councils and local authorities ensure that all roads are maintained throughout the year. If road surfaces are icy there should be procedures in place to ensure that they are safe to drive on and will not cause injury. This includes ensuring that there are road gritters and other measures in place who can try to make the roads as safe as possible. It is also important that maintenance is carried out after the ice has melted as ti can cause roads to become damages and dangerous to drive on.
Failing to warn drivers
If certain roads are particularly dangerous to drive drivers should be made aware of this before making their journey. If they are not aware they may risk being involved in an accident. If any roads are unsafe to drive on they should be closed until action can be taken to solve this problem. If drivers are not aware of road conditions the risk of an injury being sustained becomes higher.
Before travelling in icy weather conditions there are a number of steps which drivers can take to help reduce the chance of an accident.
Tyres: Cold weather can decrease tyre pressure making driving conditions more dangerous. You should ensure that the tyre pressure in your car matches manufacturer’s specifications before travelling.
Windows: You should not drive your car until all windows are clear and you have full visibility. You should plan some extra time before you leave to ensure that you can clear your car of all ice and snow.
Lights: Due to reduced visibility in poor weather conditions you should check that your lights are clean and in working condition. This helps to ensure that other road users can see your vehicle and you can also see the road more clearly.
Fuel: Prior to travelling you should always check that you have enough fuel for your journey as this will ensure that you can get to your destination. This also helps to ensure you will have enough fuel if you have to change routes due to poor road conditions.
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