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Snow and Ice Car Accident

Kansas City Snow and Ice Car Accident Attorney

Residents of Kansas City are no strangers to driving on roads covered in snow and ice during the winter season. And while you cannot sue weather for causing your snow and ice car accident, you can sue other motorists whose negligence or carelessness contributed to a car crash in winter.

According to statistics provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), more than 1,300 Americans die in car accidents due to slippery roads in the winter season each year, while nearly 120,000 others sustain injuries in motor vehicle collisions caused by bad weather conditions.

Driving hazards due to snow and ice

“Unfortunately, these alarming statistics are not enough to encourage drivers to take extra precaution when taking their car for a ride in poor weather conditions,” says a Kansas City snow and ice car accident attorney from Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C.

Drivers who operate their vehicles when the surfaces of roads become slippery and icy during the winter months know that adjusting their driving technique is the only way to avoid causing a car crash. However, not all drivers adjust their driving technique accordingly, and end up getting into a car accident that could have been prevented in the first place, and, what’s worse, causing injury to motorists who did their best to operate their own vehicle safely.

Weather conditions in Kansas City can get pretty bad during the winter season. In fact, sometimes it gets so bad that local authorities urge motorists to avoid getting behind the wheel altogether. Snow and ice are responsible for the following two driving hazards:

  1. Slippery roads, which create the risk of skidding and sliding; and
  2. Poor visibility due to snow, sleet, and freezing rain obscuring the motorist’s view while driving.

Causes of winter-related car accidents

There are literally dozens of causes of winter driving accidents, but the most common ones are associated with the following factors:

  • Increased braking distance due to the accumulation of snow and ice on the road (there’s a stark difference between a vehicle’s braking distance on dry and clear pavement and pavement that is covered in snow or ice);
  • Vehicle hitting a patch of ice, slush, or snow;
  • Inability to clearly see what’s ahead on the road due to snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain, or a combination of them (in some cases, this problem can be eliminated by thoroughly cleaning your vehicle of ice and snow before getting behind the wheel);
  • Getting distracted while driving (as if there were not enough driving hazards when operating a vehicle in bad weather conditions, some drivers get distracted by their cell phones, conversations with passengers, switching the radio station, or other);
  • Snow covering the ground or road signs can disorient the driver;
  • Snow or ice reflecting sunlight can cause the driver to become “snow blind”; and
  • “Black ice,” which is almost never possible to see against the black pavement of the road from the driver seat, can cause the driver to lose control of his or her vehicle.

How a government entity can be liable for a snow and ice car crash

As you can see, there can be multiple causes of winter-related car crashes. “However, what many motorists in Missouri seem to forget that local authorities have a duty to clean snow from the roads and use salt on icy roads to minimize the risk of car accidents,” says our experienced snow and ice car accident attorney in Kansas City.

That’s one of the factors that should be considered by your lawyer when determining liability in a car accident caused by snow or ice. While the other motorist’s negligence or recklessness may have contributed to the car crash, you may also be able to sue the government, city, municipality, or any public entity for its failure to eliminate weather-related hazards in a timely manner.

Schedule a free consultation with our auto accident lawyers from Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., to discuss your case. Call our offices at 816-941-8949.

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