The snow is a particularly treacherous type of weather, with cold, icy and snowy conditions increasing the risk of accidents outdoors. Accidents in the snow often include an increased risk of road traffic accidents, which may be as a result of:
- Poor road conditions, such as ice and snow where roads have not been gritted, or unexpected patches of snow.
- Drivers going too fast, or not observing the need for much larger stopping distances in the snow.
- Reduced visibility as heavy snow falls.
Other accidents in the snow may occur too – such as sledging incidents, or slips on the pavement due to snow cover. It may even be that you are abroad in the snow – such as on a skiing or snowboarding holiday – and have become injured during your time away. As accidents in the snow are common, it is important to understand when your accident may be eligible for compensation.
Which accidents in the snow may result in a claim?
You can make a claim for accidents in the snow if it was someone else’s fault, happened in the past three years and resulted in the need for the attention of a doctor or other medical professional. This could apply in the following circumstances, for example:
- You had a fall due to snow coverage in an area where a person or organisation had a duty to minimise the risks of accidents. This may be at a station, the entrance to your workplace or in school grounds.
- You were involved in a road traffic accident where the other driver was driving recklessly, with no regard for the dangerous weather conditions.
- You experienced equipment failure during a ski session.
The above are just a few examples of circumstances which may result in a claim for compensation – in reality there are many variables and your accident will likely be one-of-a-kind.
What should you do if I have had an accident in the snow?
If you have been involved in an accident, it is worth checking your eligibility to claim using an online checker such as Accident Advice Helpline’s 30-second test. If you are eligible to claim, you will also be provided with an estimated compensation figure, which will vary depending on the severity of your injuries.
To progress your claim, you should get in touch with a law firm as soon as possible. At Accident Advice Helpline, we ensure that the experience of making a claim is as stress-free as possible; we understand that you have already been through a traumatic experience and do our utmost to ensure that making a claim does not add to this.
Our team of friendly, professional advisors will match you to one of our lawyers who are experts in claims for accidents in the snow. This means that they will be able to work on your case using both their expertise and their specific experience in accidents similar to yours.
All of our claims are handled on a no-win, no-fee basis and in many cases can be processed entirely via the telephone.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone.
Date Published: 27th February 2013
Author: Sharon Parry