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Approximately 800 people were killed in automobile accidents as a result of snow, sleet, ice, or freezing rain between 2011 and 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of the 10 deadliest states for winter weather car accidents, Wisconsin ranks sixth in the entire country with more than 40 car wreck deaths occurring in wintry weather conditions every year, according to USA Today.
If you or a family member is seriously hurt in an accident caused by another driver that occurred during a snowstorm or because of black ice, are you prohibited from pursuing financial restitution from the other driver for your harms and losses? The answer is no.
Winter Weather Does Not Mean Drivers can Operate Their Vehicles Negligently
All motorists owe a duty of care to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe and responsible manner, especially when the road conditions are problematic. Many car wrecks that occur during the winter months could be prevented if a driver exercises necessary care and takes precautions while behind the wheel. To put it simply, if you were hit by someone who was texting and driving, the fact that it was snowing outside does not release the other driver from liability.
Steps to Take After a Winter Weather Car Accident
If you are involved in a collision with another vehicle during a bad snowstorm or other winter event, make sure you only exit your vehicle when it is safe to do so. Exchange insurance information with the other driver and report the accident to the police. If there are any witnesses who saw the collision, try to get their contact information, as well. Of course, seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible.
How a Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyer can Help After an Automobile Collision
If you are hurt in a car wreck, you probably have enough on your plate worrying about paying medical bills and covering other fixed expenses (all while potentially missing a significant amount of time from work). This is why it makes sense to retain the services of a personal injury lawyer. When you hire an attorney, he or she can thoroughly investigate your accident by ordering the police report, speaking to any witnesses, and reviewing accident scene photographs.
If liability is contested, it is important to understand that Wisconsin adheres to a comparative negligence standard. This means that you could be found partially responsible for causing an accident and still obtain a financial recovery. However, if you are found to be more than 50% at fault for causing the accident, you could be prohibited from recovering any damages. Again, this is why having an attorney on your side can be so beneficial. An attorney can build a compelling case to show why you are entitled to recover for your harms and losses.
Speak to an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
Contact the experienced Wisconsin car accident lawyers at Bye, Goff & Rohde to schedule a free, confidential case review. Our attorneys are highly skilled and adept at representing folks seriously injured in automobile accidents. Let us help you and your family.