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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

    Snow accidents: Careless driving

    Few bouts of weather have the capacity to cause unheralded levels of chaos and mayhem quite like a heavy fall of snow. The aftermath of road traffic accidents are serious enough, but the added complications of snow and ice can significantly increase the level of damage suffered.

    Does the likelihood of car crashes, motorcycle accidents and similar, due to careless driving, increase with snowfall?

    Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is no. In fact, accident rates are actually lower when the road is submerged in white powder than at other times.

    This is partly because there are less people out and about on the roads in general, and also because those that are out tend to be extra cautious.

    However, what this weather does do is make the consequences of any road accident far more likely to be on the serious end of the scale.

    What causes serious road accidents when it snows?

    Rather than crisp white snow, it is the fearsome black ice that usually creates problems for motorists. Light precipitation freezes on the tarmac, making a surface that is as slick as it is incredibly dangerous.

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    Further complications arise from the fact that black ice appears in isolated, sporadic locations, which means motorists may not encounter any problems for miles and have settled into the dreaded ‘comfort zone’ by the time they do.

    Another chief cause of accidents on the road in wintry conditions is careless driving, with people simply not paying enough attention. The consequences of accidents from careless driving can be seriously debilitating in both a mental and physical sense.

    There is no such thing as being experienced enough to handle snow and ice. The simple fact is that it is different every time and should be treated as such.

    Constant awareness is paramount to staying safe and avoiding accidents on the road, and an appreciation of other road users is also a must.

    Not every road user is confident in these conditions and impatience or intimidating behaviour from others can greatly impair their driving, not to mention the risks posed by those exhibiting such behaviour.

    An accident caused by careless driving is clearly the fault of the motorist in question, and any victims of the accident may well be due some road accident compensation.

    A call to Accident Advice Helpline service can establish the strength and validity of your road accident claim, and they can take your case on a no-win, no-fee basis.

    Date Published: November 28, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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