When it snows in the UK it causes traffic chaos, and if you’ve been injured in a Northamptonshire car accident because your car was struck by another vehicle, whose driver had lost control, you could be eligible to claim compensation for your injury.
Only significant injuries qualify for compensation
Of course the nature of the injury must be relatively serious; minor cuts and bruises don’t count. But if you sustain a serious whiplash injury for example, or a broken limb, that would certainly qualify, as long as the blame for the accident is attributable to a third party.
The problems that snow creates
Problems with snow are threefold. In the first instance, if it is snowing relatively heavily, it can significantly reduce visibility. It acts rather like fog, because in addition to reducing the depth of field of your vision, when you’re driving on headlights, it also tends to reflect light back at you.
The danger of getting into a skid
As well as reducing visibility, it also adds a slippery coating to the road surface, which means you need to drive with extra care. If you brake sharply, or negotiate a sharp bend, or make an acute turn, your vehicle can easily go into a skid, and once you lose control in this way, unless you’ve been professionally trained how to react in a skid situation, you could hit anything, including oncoming or parked traffic.
Increased hazard when snow freezes
Finally, if the snow remains, and the weather freezes, it will turn into ice, creating an even bigger skid risk.
Snow and ice creates problems for even the most experienced drivers, but because they’ve encountered it before, they tend to take more care to reduce the chance of getting into an accident. It’s the newer, less experienced drivers who are more accident prone in this situation.
Claiming compensation for your Northamptonshire car accident
If you’ve been injured by another vehicle losing control in snow and colliding with your vehicle in a Northamptonshire car accident, and as a result you sustain a serious injury, you will be legally and morally entitled to raise a personal injury claim for compensation, and we here at Accident Advice Helpline offer a no win no fee service that is recommended by people’s consumer’s champion Esther Rantzen, that you can use.
Find out how much compensation you may be due
The amount of compensation you could be due, will depend on things like the nature and severity of the injury, any additional costs you may incur as a result, and any actual loss of earnings you may suffer. You can get an estimate for the basic amount of compensation that you could be awarded by using the HOW MUCH calculator you’ll find on our website. It only requires 30 seconds of your time.
To find out more you can visit our website, or text “claim 365” to 88010, or use our free helpline, which can be accessed from any landline, by calling 0800 689 0500, or if using your mobile, by calling 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 23rd June 2014