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Who is at fault in winter weather vehicle collisions?

Written by on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 3:02pm

duber winter weatherAs ice and snow increase this winter, so do your chances of getting into a car accident.

According to the Office of Operations of the Federal Highway Administration, more than 116,800 people are injured every year in motor vehicle crashes that take place in snowy, slushy or icy conditions. Here at Bentoff & Duber, we want to make sure you are prepared for winter weather driving and steer clear of accidents and personal injury.

There are many precautions you can take to try to prevent a vehicle collision caused by winter weather. These include:

  • Driving under the speed limit in snowy and icy conditions
  • Keeping your car defrost on
  • Distancing yourself between other vehicles on the road
  • Ensuring your headlights and brake lights are working
  • Making turns slower and more cautiously

Even if you demonstrate the safest behavior while driving in bad weather, you can never predict or fully prevent against other drivers’ behavior. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, the personal injury attorneys at Bentoff & Duber can help you determine if other parties’ negligence led to your injuries.

If the other drivers involved with your collision did not employ the same safe winter driving precautions outlined above and this caused them to lose control of their vehicle, they could be found at fault for the collision. You and your attorney could then seek compensation for the resulting damages and medical bills.

In all winter weather motor vehicle collision situations, it’s best to contact an attorney to get a better idea of where your argument stands and what compensation you may be entitled to depending on the circumstances.

For a free consultation, call Bentoff & Duber at 216-861-1234 or submit a contact form.

 

About the author: Brandon Duber, a Partner with Bentoff & Duber Co., LPA, is a lawyer with proven experience in the courtroom and expertise in the areas of workers’ compensation, criminal defense, personal injury and medical malpractice law. He received his B.A. from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and his J.D. from The Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, OH.

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