Snow may be pretty to look at, but it can have serious, if not fatal consequences, if drivers do not take the necessary precautions to allow them to drive safely in wintry conditions and avoid traffic accidents.
Snow and road traffic accidents
Falling snow can seriously impede visibility and, if coming down heavily, can have an almost hypnotic effect on drivers. If drivers do not adjust their speed adequately to cater for such poor visibility conditions, they are at risk of hitting other road users. The risk does, however, not end there. Once on the ground, snow can cause accidents by forming a slushy, slippery surface coating. Inappropriate speeds, while driving on such surfaces, can result in traffic accidents by skidding and substantially prolonged break distances. Partially melted and refrozen snow can form sheets of ice that are almost impossible to navigate safely.
Motorcycling traffic accidents and snow
Another risk of injury by accident in snow lies in hidden potholes. Thin coatings of ice covered in snow can make potholes a particular danger for motorcyclists, as the ice breaks through the weight of the bike crossing it, potentially causing it to fall or swerve into other road users.
Driver and passenger injury compensation
Whether you were injured by a vehicle accident as a driver or as a passenger, you may be entitled to injury compensation if the accident was not your fault and occurred no longer than a maximum of three years previous to your claim.
How to claim for compensation
Car accident claims can be initiated by calling Accident Advice Helpline. After initially establishing whether the caller does indeed qualify to make a claim, the friendly advisers will pass you on to a legal professional specifically suited to deal with road accident claims. Calls to the help line are confidential and even if it is decided that you are eligible to claim, you are under no obligation to use Accident Advice Helpline to proceed with your claim.
How long will traffic accidents claims take?
Working on a no-win, no-fee basis, the legal professional assigned to your case will make sure you get your personal injury compensation as quickly as possible. It is, however, not possible to predict exactly how long this will take, as every claim, and its circumstances, obviously vary slightly. For this reason, it is also not possible to predict how much compensation will ultimately be paid to the claimant.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown