Ice and Snow Car Accidents: Can I Sue Over Dangerous Road Conditions? By Jackson Reed on January 14, 2024

Pedestrians in the crosswalk at a busy intersection as it’s starting to snow

There are many car crashes in and around Houston, TX. In fact, we’ve looked at reasons Houston has so many vehicle collisions before on this blog. During this particular time of year, another factor for crashes needs to be considered: winter weather.

Let’s consider why ice and snow on our roadways can make driving more difficult and potentially deadly. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your crash, you can set up a free consultation with Reed & Terry today.

Why Winter Road Conditions Are So Dangerous

Winter weather conditions can affect your driving in different ways. Here are three of the most dangerous aspects of driving in the ice and snow:

  • Poor Traction - Ice and snow on the road make it more difficult for your tires to maintain good traction. There’s a greater chance of spinning out or brakes failing to be effective.
  • Bad Handling - Related to the above point, ice and snow on the road can make it more difficult to steer and maneuver your vehicle.
  • Lower Visibility - During a snowstorm or sleet storm, your visibility is severely limited. This makes operating a vehicle in winter weather much more dangerous.

Who Is Liable for Winter Weather Auto Accidents?

Legal responsibility for these crashes can vary. Some parties who may be held legally liable include:

  • Local Municipalities - Local governments are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of roads. When they fail to keep roadways safe during the winter, they may be liable for crashes that occur.
  • Construction Crews - If construction companies are at work during the winter, they could make conditions more dangerous if tools, equipment, and other objects obstruct the road.
  • Other Motorists - Reckless driving can get even worse in winter weather because motorists do not exercise extra caution behind the wheel. In these situations, the other driver may be liable for causing an accident.
  • Tire and Parts Manufacturers - If a driver uses winter tires but the tires fail to provide better traction and control, the tire maker may be liable for creating and marketing a faulty product.

Learn More About Collisions Caused by Poor Road Conditions

We examined this issue about road and weather conditions that cause crashes on our blog last year. For more information, read about legal liability for poor road conditions.

Once you’ve got the information you need, you can reach out to our law firm for help. We’ll be able to determine if you have a case worth pursuing.

Damages from Ice and Snow Collision Litigation

When seeking legal damages after a crash, compensation received can be used to cover vehicle repairs, damages to other property, medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing therapy and rehabilitation after the wreck. If you lose a loved one in a crash, damages in a fatal accident lawsuit can also cover funeral expenses, grief counseling, and the emotional pain and suffering caused by the death.

Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers

To learn more about your legal options following a serious car accident, contact our Texas law offices today. We have locations in Sugar Land, Richmond, Katy, and Victoria, TX. With free consultations and contingency fee representation, you have nothing to lose by speaking with our attorneys.

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