Icy Road Accidents

Experienced drivers know that even short and seemingly safe commutes can be hazardous at times. Inattentive or reckless drivers, road construction, debris, drunk drivers, and potholes are just some of the dangers that can interfere with a commute. During the winter months, driving is made all the more perilous. Ice and snow can quickly build up on roads, turning normally navigable routes into virtual skating rinks. Drivers who must brave poor weather conditions and icy roads to commute should take certain precautions to help minimize their risk of an accident.

Warning Signs to Watch For

If temperatures are hovering at freezing, there is a chance that roads will accumulate ice overnight. Ice can be extremely difficult to see as it sometimes forms a clear sheet on the street. If you suspect that the roads may be icy, keep an eye out for the following warning signs for ice:

  • Swerving or fishtailing vehicles ahead
  • Light reflecting off of sections of the street
  • Accumulation of snow on the street
  • Street signs alerting drivers of icy conditions
  • Vehicles suddenly braking ahead

Negligence and Accident Liability

Ice buildup can occur in areas where drivers least expect it. The road may seem perfectly dry when suddenly you find your car swerving from hitting an ice patch. Sometimes negligent property owners unintentionally create hazardous conditions in freezing weather, leading to an accident. Some examples of such negligence include:

  • Forgetting to turn off automatic sprinklers for winter
  • Leaving a garden hose running, causing water to flow onto the street
  • Spills in driveways or parking lots

Any of these careless acts could create icy roads that are hazardous for unsuspecting drivers. If you or someone you love has been in a car accident caused by an icy road, someone may be liable for the accident. Your family may be entitled to compensation for injuries and damages, such as medical bills, lost wages from time off of work, vehicle and property damage, and pain and suffering.

Contact Us

For sound legal advice and assistance regarding icy road accidents and liability, contact the experienced Waukesha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® at (800) 242-2874.