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Accidents on ice- and snow-packed roads: Who is responsible?

by | Jan 14, 2016 | Car Accidents |

It’s no secret that winter driving can be challenging. In Montana, winter weather can be extreme and unexpected. Large amounts of snow and ice, black ice, strong winds, cold temperatures, and other factors contribute to often-dangerous driving conditions.

If you were injured in a winter weather-related car accident involving another driver, you may have questions about liability and your options for seeking compensation.

Determining Liability In a Winter Driving Accident

Drivers have a responsibility to drive safely in all weather conditions. On snow and ice, this means driving slowly and cautiously. An accident can easily happen when a driver:

  • Drives too fast for weather conditions
  • Follows too closely
  • Doesn’t allow enough time to brake for a stop sign, stoplight, etc.
  • Doesn’t equip the car for winter driving (using snow tires or chains, for example)

While dangerous weather conditions certainly play a part in many car accidents, it is still the responsibility of the driver to drive safely. If an accident occurred because another driver was driving negligently in winter weather, he or she can be held responsible.

If you have been involved in an accident, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer about your legal options. An investigation may be necessary to determine how the accident happened and if another driver is responsible. These cases can be complex, so it is advisable to act quickly.

If you are interested in setting up a free consultation with a lawyer in Belgrade, please complete our online contact form.

Most importantly: Drive safe this winter!


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