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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Claiming compensation for a winter road accident


    Driving in poor weather conditions can be risky, particularly if visibility is limited or the roads are icy. It may also take a while to get to your destination due to slippery roads or deep snow. Winter is a difficult time for any driver, and many people may have no choice but to take public transport or even walk to work in the cold winter mornings.

    It may be difficult to get the car out from its parking spot if there is heavy snowfall making it easier to take alternative means of transport. Another hazard of winter driving is the darker evenings. When coming home from work it may be darker than usual and there is a higher risk of having an accident when driving at night.

    Even though it may be early, it is wise to remember that the same precautions should be taken and drivers should behave as if it is night time. If you plan on using your car despite the poor weather conditions, it is important to keep it maintained at this time of year.

    Any mechanical faults could cause a potentially fatal accident if roads are slippery or there is little visibility. You may come into contact with a careless driver who does not adjust their speed appropriately or does not look where they are going. If you are thinking of claiming compensation for a winter road accident, you may wish to contact representation first.

    Avoiding potential hazards in winter

    As mentioned above, the main hazards are visibility, slippery roads, snowfall and less hours of daylight. The best way to avoid an accident is to avoid driving in poor weather conditions. This means fog, snowfall or icy roads. There may be no other option and you may have to take the car to get to work meaning that you should make some adjustments.

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    Adjust your speed and leave plenty of time to get to your destination to avoid the temptation of speeding. Try to travel outside of rush hour times to avoid congestion and take routes where the speed limits are lower. If you are thinking of claiming compensation for a winter road accident, contact Accident Advice Helpline.

    Contacting our team

    Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim compensation for a road traffic accident that is the fault of someone else if you give us a call on our free 24-hour helpline.

    We can offer you no-obligation advice and we also offer a no win, no fee policy which ensures that you won’t be out of pocket when making your claim.

    Contact us today to discuss making a claim for any personal injuries sustained during your accident.

    Date Published: November 13, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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