Chicago Winter Weather (Snow & Ice) Car Accident Lawyer
Driving in Illinois during the winter months brings unique challenges. Snow, sleet, and ice can make driving hazardous, and limit the driver’s visibility and control of the vehicle.
Was slippery and icy roads, it is no wonder that there are so many car accidents during these cold months. These crashes damage to thousands of vehicles and cause serious injuries and fatalities.
Hiring an Experienced Icy Road Car Accident Attorney Can Help Get You Full Compensation Under Illinois Law
The car accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent victims injured in bad weather who suffered severe injury or wrongful death. Contact us now for a free case evaluation to ensure your family receives the financial compensation they deserve.
Our personal injury lawyers currently represent clients throughout the United States, Illinois, and the Chicago area, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, McHenry County, Will County, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Chicago, Cicero, Elgin, Joliet, Naperville, Waukegan, and Wheaton.
Winter Car Accident FAQs
What Weather Causes Most car Accidents?
Icy roads and wet pavement during snow and rain seasons are leading contributors to most weather-related vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 5000 people die every year in accidents caused by inclement weather.
The number of deaths accounted for over sixteen percent of all accident-related fatalities.
What Happens When You get in a Wreck, and it's Your Fault?
If law enforcement or an investigator determines that you were at fault for causing an accident, you are likely responsible for paying for all damages to injured victims.
Other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and others involved in the accident will likely have the right to file a compensation claim against you and your insurance company.
How Does Weather Affect Traffic?
Bright days, inclement weather, and windy conditions can impair the motorist's visibility, making it harder to drive. The vehicle's performance can also diminish quickly when slippery surfaces and wet roads decrease the car or truck's maneuverability, stability, or traction.
Slippery surfaces also diminish pavement friction. Traffic flow on dangerous road infrastructure can also affect traffic dramatically, placing motorists and passengers at risk of injury or death.
How do Insurance Companies Determine Fault?
Once an accident victim files a compensation claim, the insurance company will assign a claims adjuster to handle the case. The adjuster will likely review police reports, medical records, and the accident scene to determine what happened and who might be at fault.
In some cases, the accident might not just be one person's fault, but two or more drivers who were partially responsible for causing the crash.
Who is at Fault in Some Impose on Front of You?
Every accident has unique circumstances that might determine who is at fault for causing the crash. However, when another motorist cuts in front of your vehicle, you likely need to swerve out of the way to avert being hit.
If swerving out of your lane causes you to leave the roadway and hit another vehicle, object, or utility pole, the other driver is likely liable for causing your collision. An attorney working on your behalf can hire investigators to help identify precisely what happened and who was at fault.
Who is at Fault for an Accident in a Parking lot?
Any driver pulling in or backing out of a parking space must yield the right-of-way to all existing traffic. A driver could likely be found responsible for all injuries if they backed out and hit a pedestrian or another vehicle.
It is crucial to driving defensively during bad weather in the winter months to avoid hitting others or driving into snowbanks and curbs on the slippery surfaces in a parking lot or parking garage.
Weather Impacts on Driving Accidents
According to the Federal Highway Administration, 1.5 million motor vehicle accidents are attributed to weather each year. These crashes lead to over 7,000 deaths, and an estimated 629,000 others are injured.
The weather does not necessarily cause these accidents. However, crashes happen when there are poor conditions that can impact safety. The FHWA estimates the following conditions cause the most crashes:
- Wet pavement. The most dangerous weather-related road conditions involve wet pavement. Rain, melting snow, and ice all contribute to slick, wet roads. Nearly seventy-five percent of weather-related accidents happen on the wet pavement by motorists driving vehicles with ineffective windshield wipers.
- Ice. More than thirteen percent of weather-related crashes are due to ice, which causes over 190,000 crashes and over 62,000 injuries. Motorists driving without snow tires can easily slip on black ice hidden under snow.
- Snow/Sleet/Slush. Sleet, slush, and snow are present in over 390,000 crashes each year, with over 118,000 injuries and almost 1500 deaths.
These conditions make it difficult to stop and control vehicles, even those equipped with four-wheel or all-wheel drive. When coupled with the usual causes of car crashes such as distraction, speeding, dangerous driving conditions, and reckless driving, these accidents can become even more deadly.
Driving Safely In Chicago's Winter Weather
Anyone who has spent a winter in Chicago or anywhere in Illinois knows that the roads can become slick and challenging to drive through the winter months. Ice, snow, and wet pavement cause stopping distances to increase and can be attributed to sliding, fish-tailing, and other loss of control.
Also, snow, sleet, and fog can make it difficult to see, increasing an accident's odds. To stay safe and prevent accidents, OSHA suggests following the three "Ps" of winter driving safety: prepare, protect, and prevent.
- Prepare for driving. Make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter driving. Use winter tires, have your vehicle maintained and allow extra driving time for trips in poor conditions.
- Protect yourself. Always use your seat belt and bring water, blankets, and food for long trips and in case you get stuck in a storm.
- Prevent crashes. Use extra precautions when driving in winter weather conditions. Slow down and pay attention to the road. Do not talk or text on your phone, don't drink alcohol before driving, and increase your vehicle's distance and the one you are following.
Like any motor vehicle accidents, winter car accidents can cause severe injuries and fatalities that can forever change you and your family's lives. While the inclement weather can contribute to an accident, driver error is usually involved.
Chicago Winter Car Accidents Lawyers Familiar With Snow & Ice Collisions
If you are the victim of a severe injury accident, you will want an experienced car accident lawyer to ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries and losses. Don't let another motorist or an insurance company tell you that a Chicago car accident on a snowy or icy road was merely inevitable.
As with all of our auto accident cases, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC focuses on establishing what the other driver did wrong and them causally relating your injuries. Contact us now before you speak to an insurance company at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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