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Types of Winter Accidents That Can Result in a Legal Claim

 Posted on January 18, 2024 in Uncategorized

Joliet Personal Injury AttorneyWinter is in full force here in Illinois. All one has to do is listen to the weather report – or look out the window – to see the ice and snow covering the state over the past few weeks. Although this season brings up beautiful snowscapes, it can also lead to accidents that can result in serious – or even fatal – injuries. There are a number of different types of accidents that can occur. If you have been injured, an Illinois personal injury lawyer can help you determine who the liable party is and what type of legal recourse you may have.

Traffic Accidents

Winter weather can create treacherous road conditions, increasing car, truck, pedestrian, and other traffic accidents. One of the primary culprits for winter car accidents is icy roads. When temperatures drop below freezing, wet roads can freeze, creating a hazardous surface for drivers. Even a thin layer of ice can significantly reduce traction and make vehicles difficult to control. Black ice is an especially serious hazard on the road.

Winter weather often reduces visibility due to snowfall, fog, or sleet. Limited visibility can make it difficult for drivers to see other vehicles, pedestrians, traffic lights and signs, and obstacles, increasing the risk of accidents.

Snow accumulation on roads can also lead to reduced visibility and traction. Snow-covered roads make it challenging for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles,

Removal of the snow can also result in serious crashes. Snowplow operators must exercise extreme caution while clearing roads.

Premises Liability

There are a number of winter weather accidents that fall under Illinois premises liability laws. Slip and fall are among the most common winter accidents that can result in serious injuries. Icy sidewalks, parking lots, driveways, walkways, and entryways can become hazardous, and property owners may be held liable if they fail to adequately clear these areas or provide warning signs.

Property owners can also be held liable if falling ice or snow from their buildings injures pedestrians. Proper maintenance and clearing of rooftops and eaves are essential to prevent these types of incidents.

Defective Products

Malfunctioning heating systems or improper ventilation can lead to carbon monoxide leaks in homes or businesses. If injuries or fatalities occur because of something defective in the heating system, the injured party may be able to pursue legal action against the manufacturer and/or other liable party.

There are also many cases of defective snow removal equipment, such as snow blowers or snowplows that injure operators. These types of incidents may also fall under a defective product claim.

Contact a DuPage County, IL Personal Injury Lawyer

No matter what type of accident you or a loved one has been injured in, it is important to speak with a skilled Naperville, IL accident lawyer to determine what type of financial compensation you may be entitled to for the losses your injuries have caused. Call Rathbun, Cservenyak & Kozol LLC today at 815-730-1977 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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