Driving in the snow is much more dangerous than operating in optimal weather conditions. If you or somebody you know has been injured in a car accident that occurred in the snow, you may be wondering who is liable for the incident. At the SMA Law Group, our qualified and experienced Pittsburgh injury lawyers want to look at the scenarios that could affect snow car accident liability. We will work to ensure you secure any compensation you are entitled to.
Establishing liability after a Pittsburgh car accident is important
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were nearly 10,000 total accidents attributed to wintery weather conditions during the latest reporting year.
In order to secure maximum compensation for a Pittsburgh car accident, it is important to establish liability. However, for accidents that happen in the snow, establishing liability can be a bit more difficult. Accidents that involve snow or black ice can involve multiple vehicles. This can lead to various car insurance policies and rigorous investigation into the incident.
In the event another vehicle slid on snow or ice and struck your vehicle, you may be able to recover compensation through your own insurance carrier (through personal injury protection) or through the other driver’s insurance carrier.
Drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles safely when it is snowing outside, just as they do when the weather is nice outside. A driver can still be at-fault for a crash in the snow. In other words, drivers cannot blame the snow for the crash.
How is it fair to hold drivers accountable if they lose control of their vehicle because of the snow? Drivers are generally aware of the weather conditions before they get behind the wheel. If they are not prepared to navigate wintery weather, or if their vehicle is ill-equipped to handle snowy conditions, they should not drive. When someone chooses to drive in the snow, they can be held responsible for any injuries or property damage they cause.
Liability could also lie on various agencies (state or municipal) who are responsible for maintaining the roadways. If a roadway is not properly designed or maintained and water is allowed to freeze, a government agency could be at-fault for the incident. However, a government agency may be immune to certain civil lawsuits.
We will work to secure the compensation you deserve
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a car accident that happened while it was snowing outside, seek legal assistance today. At the SMA Law Group, our attorneys will work to investigate every aspect of your crash to determine whether you are entitled to any of the following:
- Compensation for your medical bills
- Lost income if you cannot work
- General household expenses
- Possible physical therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent party