With weather in the area bringing sunshine and warmer weather these past few days, we are sadly aware that it isn’t built to last in the winter temperatures. Falling temperatures bring mixed precipitation and a possible freeze to Lancaster County, which has led to a hazardous weather outlook for surrounding counties where rain has fallen recently. Snow flurries happening in the past few hours could result in slippery conditions on sidewalks, roads, bridges, and more, leading to an increase in accidents for those who are out on the roads.
When winter roads become dangerous as temperatures drop drastically and rain and snow mix to create dangerous road conditions, a risk to society becomes prevalent. More than 116,000 Americans and 1,300 more are killed every year due to snowy, slushy, or icy road conditions. Most of the time, taking preventative measures such as salt on roadways can reduce the likelihood of these accidents in certain municipalities. In fact, road salt reduces crashes by 88%, injuries by 85%, and costs of accidents by 85%.
But who is liable for your damages when you are injured in an accident involving snowy or icy roadways? It all boils down to the measures other drivers took and whether or not they were keeping the safety of others in mind. When icy roads are present, there are many duties owed by other drivers – to drive carefully, slow down when needed, and to never tailgate other drivers. The speed limits posted on our roadways should always be taken into consideration, but you should always drive under the posted limit when the situation could be considered hazardous.
If your injuries were caused by a negligent driver who was not taking caution on the icy roadways, you may be entitled to certain damages. This can include things like past and future medical expenses, past and future wage losses, pain and suffering, and more. A medical expert or a team of experts may be able to predict that you will need future surgeries due to these injuries as well as collect future income when you know that your injuries are permanent and will keep you out of work for a long time.
One of the main considerations in falling temperatures is that there is a greater chance of serious accidents on the roadways. If you have been injured in the area and believe that you are entitled to certain compensation, contact us at Edelstein Martin & Nelson for more information. Call us today at 888-208-1810 for more info.