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Car accidents caused by snow and ice
Some of the common causes for snow and ice accidents in and around Harris
Vision issues:If it is snowing, drivers will have difficult y seeing the road ahead . If it is snowing, drivers should make sure that they are using their windshield wipers. They should also have their lights on so other drivers can see where they are. Drivers should consider driving in a lower gear. Snow may make it difficult to see other vehicles, stop signs, roadway markings, and other objects that help make for safer driving.
Following too closely:Drivers need to stay farther back from other vehicles so that they can safely brake without slamming into the car in front of them or any cars near them.
Distracted driving:Drivers should never use their cell phone for either talking or texting while they're driving. They should avoid any other types of distraction such as eating or drinking hot coffee while they are driving – especially when there’s snow and ice on the ground.
Driving under the influence:Drivers should never drive while they have had even one alcoholic drink because it's critical for drivers to be in complete control of their vehicle when the roads are treacherous.
Flying snow and ice:Drivers should be prepared for snow and ice flying off of other vehicles.
Who is liable for a car accident caused by snow and ice?
Many different people and entities may be responsible for a snow accident.
Defendants may include
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or a local governmental unit or agency may be liable for the accident. For example, roads should be closed if they are too dangerous. Roads should also be cleared and de-iced within a reasonable amount of time after the storm has ended.
- A car parts manufacturer may be liable if the brakes failed because they were defective.
Various people and companies may be liable depending on how the accident occurred.
Some snow and ice accidents can cause multi-car crashes as vehicles slip and slide into each other. If this happens, multiple drivers could be liable.
When a car accident occurs, the victims may tragically die
Slips and falls due to snow and icy conditions
In Pennsylvania, property owners owe a duty of care
Invitees are people who are invited onto the property. Common examples include retail stores, restaurants, and other businesses that invite people onto their property to buy products and use services. Organizations often invite people onto their property to meet and socialize.
Licensees are people who have the right to be on the property but weren’t
specifically invited onto the property. A common example is someone who
walks on the sidewalk of
Generally, property owners do not owe a duty of care to trespassers – people who have no right to be on the property.
What snow and ice safety precautions should property owners take?
Any property owner who does owe a duty of care should take safety measures when snow and ice accumulate. These steps include:
- Salting any icy locations
- Warning customers and others about wet surfaces
- Cleaning off the snow and ice within a reasonable amount of time after the snow or hail has ended
Using mats and other temporary dry surfaces with traction – especially
in common ly- traveled spots like the entrances to the building
People who slip and fall while on the property of another may also die or suffer catastrophic injuries. Many victims break their arms as they try to catch themselves. Fractured hips are also common. Other injuries include amputations, soft tissue injuries, and other injuries which can require months of treatment or even a lifetime of pain.
Contact an experienced snow and ice accident lawyer
At the Harrisburg Law Office of Jason R. Carpenter, we are strong advocates for victims of snow and ice accidents. To discuss a car accident or a slip and fall, call us at (717) 537-0928 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.
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