Weather-related accidents—particularly those that result in injuries or property damage—tend to spike during the winter months, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. If you were recently injured or suffered property damage in a Twin Cities car accident caused by another person or entity's negligence, you may find yourself worrying that the wintry weather conditions will provide the at-fault party with the cover they need to avoid responsibility. Fortunately, this is rarely the case.
Minnesota personal injury law—and most insurance companies—require motorists to safely pilot their vehicles at all times, regardless of the weather. Though snow, black ice, and other weather hazards can increase the chances of being involved in a crash, motorists are still expected to take the precautions and actions necessary to avoid causing an accident.
While the driver who caused your accident and injuries may claim that snow, slush, or ice is to blame, to insurance adjusters and personal injury attorneys, losing control of one's vehicle can be an indication that a motorist failed to appropriately adjust their driving skills to inclement road and weather conditions. Common causes of snow or ice crashes include:
- Driving too fast for weather, road, or traffic conditions
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while fatigued
- Following too closely
- Using cruise control in inclement weather conditions
Were You Injured in a Twin Cities Car Accident?
If you were seriously injured or sustained significant property damage in a Twin Cities car crash caused by a driver who lost control of their vehicle in wintry weather, you need a competent doctor to examine and treat you, as well as a knowledgeable attorney to help you understand your legal rights and options for compensation. 763-251-PAIN is a free local physician and attorney referral service serving accident victims in the Twin Cities. Call us today to speak to someone who can help you find the right doctor and attorney for your case!