When the weather turns cold and icy, there are new dangers present on Denver area roads. Even drivers who have grown up in the area, who should be used to snow and ice, often throw caution to the wind and drive as if the road was perfectly clear on a summer day. Failure to pay attention to the fact that a road may be icy or covered in snow and driving in a negligent manner can cause accidents that lead to serious injury, or even death.
When this is the case, the injured party, or the deceased's family, has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death claim to recover financial compensation for the injuries suffered as a result of the accident caused by a negligent driver. You do not have to simply deal with the medical costs and pain and suffering you have endured; you are entitled to financial compensation for your injuries.
Impact of Weather Conditions on Driving
This may seem obvious, but both ice and snow require extra caution when driving on Denver area roads. Despite the obviousness of this statement, way too many drivers simply choose to ignore those dangers. When they do, they end up causing harm to others. When conditions are less safe or unsafe, more cautious driving is required. When a driver chooses to drive in a negligent or reckless manner, and he or she causes injury, you should not have to bear the burden of the costs.
Negligent driving during icy road conditions may include but is not limited to:
- excessive speed (even when under the speed limit in some cases)
- taking turns too quickly
- failing to leave proper distance for icy conditions
- failure to clear the windshield of ice and snow, limiting visibility
- failure to consider other drivers on the road
- failure to maintain lane
Many of the actions listed above result from a driver being negligent because they were ignoring the risks associated with the weather. However, even in situations where the driver was truly attempting their best to drive safely but failed to drive in a way that maintained control of the vehicle, they can still be held responsible for the injuries they caused.
Failure to control a person's vehicle is a type of negligence, and when that failure to control results in harm, financial compensation is available to the injuries party or parties.
Proving the Other Driver's Negligence
There are a variety of ways a person can use to prove that the other driver was negligent in these conditions. First, you and your attorney will establish the type of weather conditions that were present on the day your accident occurred. With this information, the jury can understand how the conduct of the other driver was unreasonable and caused you harm.
After that, you will prove the actual conduct that led to the injury, either excessive speed for the conditions or failure to allow enough space to stop the vehicle. With these two pieces of information put together for the judge or jury, you can get the financial compensation you deserve.
Consult an Experienced Denver Auto Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in any sort of motor vehicle accident in the greater Denver metropolitan area, please do not hesitate to contact us today at 303-642-8888 for a free consultation. We are here waiting for you.