Snow and Ice Accident Compensation Claims
In the winter months there is often an increase in road traffic accidents – mainly due to weather conditions impairing the vision of drivers or creating hazards on the surface of our roads.
If you have had an accident that wasn’t your fault then you are potentially eligible to make a claim for compensation. Our legal team have a wealth of experience in bad weather claims and can tell you straight away if you have a claim for compensation.
In minimal cases, you may also be able to make a claim for compensation if you have had an accident at the cause of a buildup of snow and ice. If the appropriate precautions were not taken by your local authority to ensure that the roads are safe, then this is sufficient evidence for a case against them. The Highways Authority has a duty to maintain the roads and to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that safe passage along a highway is not endangered by snow or ice.
If you would like to speak to an advisor, or want advice about making a claim for compensation then call our Specialist Advice Centre on 0808 168 5385.
Examples of how you may have been in a snow and ice car accident
- A third party collided with the rear of your vehicle.
- A third party lost control of their vehicle causing a collision
- You were an innocent passenger, regardless of whether the driver was at fault.
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It is your local authority’s duty to ensure that all public roads are safe to drive on. This duty includes keeping the roads safe during snowy and icy periods by acting effectively as soon as a snow or ice risk warning is given by the MET office. In order to keep drivers safe in these weather conditions, your local authority is responsible for gritting all roads, which is carried out in order of importance. Motorways and other major routes – usually public transport routes – should be prioritised, with less busy roads and side roads being treated last.
If you are involved in a road traffic accident in icy or snowy weather conditions, and you are able to prove that this accident was the fault of your local authority due to their failure to grit the roads effectively, you may be entitled to claim compensation., as the accident would have occurred due to the local authority’s negligence.
Road safety in icy and snowy weather conditions
Some road accidents can’t be helped in these conditions however, taking the correct precautions before starting your car, may help reduce the risk of an accident. These precautions include:
- Ensuring that visibility is adequate by de-icing windows and removing any condensation
- Ensuring that there is no snow or ice covering your vehicle’s mirrors or lights
- Increasing your stopping distance greatly, staying well behind the vehicle in front
- Reducing your usual driving speed and driving in a high gear to improve the traction and control you have over your vehicle.
- Where possible, only brake gently when the car is travelling in a linear direction.