When the weather cools down in Pennsylvania, most drivers know that they will have to operate through the snow and ice at some point. Unfortunately, when snow and ice come to the Philadelphia area, vehicle accidents are not uncommon. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, our team is standing by to help when you need a Philadelphia car accident attorney by your side. We will conduct a complete investigation into your case to determine liability and secure the compensation you are entitled to.
No matter how much a driver prepares for operating in snowy and icy conditions, and no matter how much experience they have driven through snow and ice, accidents can still occur. These weather conditions introduce hazardous elements that wreak havoc on Philadelphia residents and visitors alike.
According to data available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, snow, sleet, and freezing rain were a direct cause of 8,316 of all traffic crashes during the latest reporting year across the Commonwealth. This accounted for 6.6% of the total annual crashes in Pennsylvania. The DOT goes on to say that even when there is no snow, sleet, or freezing rain falling from the sky, roadways can remain hazardous due to snow and icy patches. Aside from the crashes caused by falling snow and sleet, the DOT states that:
Overall, the DOT says that there were 76 fatalities directly attributed to snow, sleet, or icy conditions during the latest reporting year. However, we know that many other Pennsylvania residents and visitors were injured in these accidents. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, our attorneys regularly help clients who have sustained the following injuries in these incidents:
While it is often difficult to attribute fault in a snow or ice car crash in Philadelphia, the reality is that the careless or negligent actions of some drivers significantly increases the risks of hazardous roadways. These drivers must be held accountable for their actions.
Premises liability cases involving victims slipping on snow or ice in Philadelphia are often complex, and can be difficult to prove. In order for a victim to successfully win a premises liability case against a property owner, there must be evidence that the owner was aware of the danger posed by the slippery conditions but failed to take reasonable steps to prevent injuries from occurring.
Evidence that may indicate a property owner negligently failed to remove snow/ice or warn of snowy/icy conditions on their property may take the form of:
Those are just a few examples. A Philadelphia snow and ice accident attorney can help you gather the various types of evidence you may need to show that you were injured because a property owner was unreasonably negligent.
If a victim is able to prove that the property owner was aware of the slippery conditions but failed to take reasonable steps to prevent injury, they may be eligible for compensation from the property owner. Compensation can include medical bills, lost wages, and pain & suffering damages.
Slipping on snow or ice in Philadelphia can cause a variety of injuries, such as: broken bones, sprains/strains, cuts and bruises, soft tissue injuries (i.e., muscle strains), head and back injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain trauma and even death.
It is important for victims to seek immediate medical attention after a slip and fall injury due to snow or ice. This not only helps ensure that the victim’s condition is properly assessed and treated, but also provides evidence of the extent of the damage caused by the slipping incident.
This may play a significant role in future negotiations with an insurance company. If a victim fails to seek medical attention right away after their accident, an insurer could argue there isn’t strong evidence linking a victim’s injuries to their slip-and-fall.
Don’t let this happen. If you’re ever involved in a Philadelphia snow or ice accident of any kind, see a doctor right away. Doing so is wise even if you don’t believe you’ve been injured. It’s possible you’ve sustained an injury without realizing it. In some instances, the symptoms of injuries aren’t noticeable until hours or even days after an accident has occurred.
If you or somebody you love has been involved in a vehicle crash caused by negligent driving in snowy or icy conditions, contact the team at the Dan Doyle Law Group today. We have the resources and legal expertise necessary to conduct a complete investigation into the incident and secure the compensation you are entitled to. This can include coverage of any medical bills you incur, lost income, property damage expenses, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Philadelphia snow and ice car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 215-987-3730.