You could claim compensation after a road accident caused by ice or snow
During the winter, ice and snow on the roads and pavements can make surfaces very slippery and dangerous.
Accidents on the road in poor conditions such as below-zero temperatures can often be serious, and in some cases injuries may even be life-changing or fatal.
We hope that the injury you or a loved one has suffered isn’t life-changing, and we realise that our help won’t take back your traumatic experience, but our support can help you take steps towards normality.
In our experience, many people who experience an injury suffer from pain, trauma and money worries. It’s likely that you, and perhaps your closest loved ones, have had to take time off work and this may mean you’ve received reduced pay and felt isolated from your colleagues and friends.
We can help you start a compensation claim to cover the cost and impact of your accident. Especially if the driver of the other vehicle didn’t adjust their driving to suit the road and weather conditions.
To find out whether we think you have a claim, you can get in touch with our legally trained advisors for free. They’ll listen to your situation and let you know if you have the potential to start a claim. There’s no obligation to claim when you get in touch with us, and your call will be completely confidential.
Ice and snow can affect all road users
We realise that ice and snow doesn’t just cause a hazard for the drivers of cars. Accidents on the road can affect all road users, including:
If you were in an accident as a cyclist or pedestrian, then we know your injury or injuries are likely to be substantial because you are so exposed to the weather and other vehicles.
Please don’t think that because you weren’t in a car or covered by personal insurance that you’re not able to make a claim, because this simply isn’t true.
Can you claim?
If you’ve been injured in an accident within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, then it’s likely you can make a claim.
We know that it can sometimes be difficult to tell who was at fault for a road accident, especially in poor weather conditions. The best way to find out is to get in touch with our legally trained advisors for free on 0800 376 0150.
They’ll ask you some questions about your accident and injury and will then be able to let you know whether they think you have a claim, before asking your permission to put you in touch with one of our specialist solicitors for a free legal consultation.
Alternatively, if you don’t feel ready to talk about what happened, you can use our eligibility verifier which will tell you whether you have a claim based on your answers to some simple questions.
Accidents caused by another driver
When there is ice and snow on the roads, drivers should adjust their driving to suit the road conditions. For example, they should drive at slower speeds and further back from the vehicle in front.
If the driver of the other vehicle didn’t change their driving to suit the icy and snowy conditions and you were injured as a result, then they may be responsible for your injury because they were driving recklessly.
In cases where your injuries were caused by another driver, your compensation claim will be paid by their insurance.
Local authorities have a duty to keep roads safe
Your local authority and The Highways Agency have a duty to make sure that surfaces are safe for road users. This includes pedestrians and cyclists. And as part of this, they should take reasonable steps to clear roads and pavements of snow.
Because the weather can change so quickly, it’s not possible for the authorities to clear all roads, so they should prioritise main roads first and close roads which could be especially dangerous, such as mountain routes.
In some cases, they may also be required to put out warning signs or close roads that are unsuitable for travel in bad weather conditions.
If the authorities have failed to follow the regulations set out by The Highways Act 1980 and you’ve been injured in a road accident, then you may be able to make a claim.
Adjust your driving to suit road conditions
When driving in ice, snow and poor visibility, it’s important that you adjust your driving to suit the road conditions. A lot of accidents can be avoided if you take precautions and drive carefully.
Below are a few tips for driving when there’s ice and snow on the roads:
- Remove ice and snow from the all the windows before setting off
- Make sure the car’s lights are clear of snow and the number plates are properly visible
- Keep well back from the vehicle in front – stopping distances may be up to ten times longer than on dry roads
- On icy roads, drive slowly in a high gear to improve traction and control (“high gear, low revs”)
- Accelerate and brake as gently as possible
- Where possible, brake while the car is travelling in a straight line – i.e. before corners
The Highway Code has more information and guidelines on driving in poor weather conditions.