Winter car accidents in or around Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene aren’t anything unusual. That’s because winter means snow and ice. What comes to issue is that careless and negligent drivers contribute to injuries and deaths on snowy and icy roads. According to the Federal Highway Commission, 24 percent of all accidents occur in adverse conditions that include snow and ice. More than 1,300 people die in those crashes, and more than another 100,000 are injured.
Snow and ice accident causes
Most drivers have enough common sense to slow down and leave a proper interval when it’s snowing or icy but when drivers fail to reduce their speed to avoid an accident, they can be held liable for the injuries and damages that follow. Coeur d’Alene averages about 30 inches of snowfall per year. Ice isn’t really measurable. It can come and go with temperature changes and road maintenance, but snow and ice can present two separate driving dangers. Snow presents the issue of reduced or even poor visibility that can create whiteout conditions and becoming “snow blind” behind the wheel. Icy roads present a dramatically increased possibility of sliding, especially in “black ice” conditions that are difficult to recognize on roads until you’ve realized that you’ve hit it.
Ignoring adverse conditions
Some people don’t adapt their driving to adverse winter conditions. They drive too fast for conditions and are otherwise careless and negligent. Any one of the following acts or omissions might be determined to be negligence:
- Failing to clear snow and ice from vehicle windows
- Failing to brake carefully
- Forgetting that bridges and ramps freeze before the roadway freezes
- Driving aggressively in four-wheel drive vehicles
- Using cruise control
Have your case reviewed
If you were injured in a motor vehicle crash that was caused by another driver’s carelessness and negligence, you’ll want to have the circumstances of the accident and your injuries reviewed by an experienced snow and Coeur d’Alene auto accident attorney from our offices. You might be able to recover significant compensation for the damages that you suffered. Over the years, we’ve been in the position to help many auto accident victims in Idaho recover personal injury damages like past and future medical bills, past and future lost earnings, pain and suffering, permanency and more.
Contact a Coeur d’Alene Personal Injury Lawyer
Our Coeur d’Alene car accident lawyers will provide you with a free consultation and case review after any automobile, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accident in or around Coeur d’Alene. There’s no obligation, and you need not have a penny with you to retain us. We represent clients on these types of cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we don’t even get paid any legal fees unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you. Stay safe on our roads this winter.