When Can You Seek Financial Compensation for an Accident on Snow or Ice?
If you live in the Denver area, you will eventually find yourself driving on snow or ice. In the winter it becomes practically unavoidable, as we often have snow and ice accumulation on the ground for weeks or months at a time.
Driving in winter precipitation is more dangerous than driving on dry pavement on a warm day. But, we all have to do it, and there is nothing inherently negligent about backing out of your driveway when there is snow or ice on the ground. Winter weather is also not an excuse for drivers to be reckless or exceed their abilities; and, when accidents happen in bad weather, victims are still entitled to seek financial compensation for their losses.
Proving Fault in Winter Weather-Related Accidents
When seeking financial compensation for a winter weather-related accident, the key is to prove that snow or ice was not the only factor involved. If you were driving safely in a vehicle that was in good condition and you slid off of the road, your options for financial recovery may be limited. On the other hand, if you were hit by someone who did not know how to handle the road surface or who was not being as careful as the conditions required, then you could still have a very strong claim for financial compensation.
The same driving mistakes that lead to auto accidents in good weather are often to blame for accidents in snow and ice as well. This includes:
- Speeding (including driving too fast for road or weather conditions)
- Following too closely
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Failing to yield and trying to “beat” yellow lights
- Turning sharply or braking suddenly
- Attempting to pass improperly
- Talking on the phone, texting or using social media behind the wheel
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
As with any accident, the key to maximizing your financial recovery after an accident in snow or ice is to take action promptly. This includes seeking medical attention right away and engaging a law firm to investigate the accident and deal with the insurance companies as soon as possible. Key evidence can disappear quickly – particularly when weather conditions are involved – so it is important not to wait any longer than absolutely necessary to speak with an attorney about pursuing financial recovery. Even if your case ultimately settles through insurance (as is typically the case), you will still need evidence to convince the other driver’s insurer to pay for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other accident-related losses.
Injured in an Accident? Call 303-333-8000 for a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in a weather-related accident in the Denver area and would like to speak with an attorney about your case, please contact us to schedule an initial consultation. Your initial consultation is free, and you pay nothing unless we win. To schedule an appointment as soon as possible, call us 24/7 at 303-333-8000 or tell us how to reach you online now.