Winter Weather Accident Claims

If you have been injured in winter weather conditions in the past three years, and the accident was due to the negligence of someone else, contact us today to make a claim for compensation.

At YouClaim, we have a team of specialist personal injury lawyers who are dedicated to helping people who have suffered through no fault of their own.

You can get in touch by calling us on 0800 10 757 95, using our online chat feature or by filling in the contact form on this page.

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About winter weather accidents

Snow, ice and rain can make roads and public places dangerous to navigate, increasing the chance of accidents. A slip, trip or fall is the most common type of accident regardless of conditions, and conditions in winter only exacerbate this issue.

Accidents can be caused by a number of hazards or cases of negligence including:

  • Failure to clear away snow and to grit paths and pavements
  • Failing to provide warnings of wet and slippery building entrances
  • Working outdoors in hazardous winter weather conditions
  • Driving over black ice that has not been gritted
  • Reduced visibility due to snow or thick fog
  • Flooding

The likelihood of a road traffic accident occurring, and its severity, can be greatly affected by the behaviour of motorists.

Drivers who do not adjust their speed to the weather conditions, fail to use fog lights and ignore safety warnings put themselves and others in great danger on the road. If a driver causes an accident by driving dangerously in wintry conditions, they can be held responsible for any resulting accidents and the injuries suffered as a result. 

However, it can be difficult to know whether or not there is a third party at fault, as accidents due to snow or ice are often unavoidable. Nevertheless, falling foul of someone else’s negligence should not be ignored and making a claim can help to ensure that this kind of accident is avoided in the future. 

Who is responsible?

Local authorities are not completely responsible for winter weather accidents, as conditions can quickly, and unavoidably, change. Councils will prioritise busy routes and provide updates on their websites about the other roads in the area that are to be gritted so that travellers can plan their journeys and stay as safe as possible.

However, if a local authority fails to clear a prioritised road, and you were driving at a safe speed or walking with care, then you may be able to make a claim should you be involved in an accident.

FAQs

What should I do if I’m injured in an accident?

The first thing you should do is seek medical advice as to the extent of your injuries, so that you have the best chance of receiving the appropriate treatment.

You should also try to ensure, where possible, that the accident has been recorded and that you take the details of any witnesses present. If you can, take photographs of the accident location and keep a diary of the events that follow; particularly medical appointments and expenses - remembering to keep hold of any receipts as proof.

How much could I claim?

It is difficult to determine exactly how much compensation you will receive for any type of accident, as no two injuries are identical and there are many factors that go into deciding a final settlement. For an estimation of the amount of compensation you could receive based on an injury, use our compensation calculator.

What can I claim for?

The first thing taken into account is the pain and suffering caused, also known as general damages.

The second part of a personal injury claim is called special damages. This includes financial losses that have come about due to your injury and any future losses that you will accrue. Some of the things you can claim for include:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Travel expenses
  • Changes to the home
  • Transportation
  • Support and care

The team at YouClaim work hard to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible, so your recovery is as stress-free as possible.

Is there a time limit on making a claim?

There is a three-year deadline for making a claim which generally starts from the date of the accident. In fatal cases, a family member can make a claim on the deceased’s behalf up to three years after the date of death or the date on which the death was linked to the accident by a coroner.

Claims can also be made on behalf of any children up to the age of 18, at which point they then have three years to make a claim for an accident.

How can I keep safe on the road?

To avoid injury in wintry weather conditions, you should do all you can to ensure that you remain safe. Before the winter, it’s important to check that your lights, brakes and heater are working as you’ll need them when driving at this time of year. Other tips include:

  • Checking the weather forecast before leaving the house, so you can plan your route to avoid heavily affected areas
  • Pulling over if visibility becomes impaired due to heavy snow or fog
  • Reducing your speed to allow for easier braking and less chance of skidding
  • Increasing the distance between your car and the car in front so you have time to react if a hazardous situation occurs

How YouClaim can help

Accidents that happen during winter are often affected by adverse weather conditions and can result in you being unable to work for a significant amount of time. This can, in turn, leave you out of pocket.

Our team has vast experience in all areas of personal injury law and understand how a winter weather accident can change your life, often leaving you with serious injuries. We will provide impartial advice to let you know if you are eligible for compensation and guide you through the entire process, providing you with all the expert advice you need.

Not only will we help you to get the compensation you deserve, but we can also arrange for you to see respected medical and rehabilitation professionals to aid with your recovery.

Get started today

If you have been involved in an accident that was affected by winter weather conditions, and it was not your fault, our solicitors are waiting to hear from you. Start your claim today by calling us on 0800 10 757 95 or by using our online chat feature. Alternatively, request a call back by complete the enquiry form on this page.