Liability: Ice and snow could leave many liable for crashes

When you're driving in the winter, you are aware there's a risk of snow and ice. However, did you know that another party could be responsible if you get into a crash because of ice or snow on his or her property? In some cases, not maintaining a property could end up leading to a collision. If you can prove that the owner of a roadway or parking lot was negligent, then he or she could be held liable for damages.

If you get into a crash, another thing to remember about the poor weather conditions is that if you're the one who causes the crash because of sliding or losing control, you'll be the one to blame. Yes, the snow and ice are responsible, but it's up to you to adapt to the conditions and to drive safely.

Drivers are required to adjust to changing road conditions under state law. If you don't slow down for ice, speed through a storm or otherwise act in a way that leads to an accident, you could be held accountable for failing to adjust your driving style.

If you and the other party both slide into each other or you can prove that the other driver was negligent, then the case may turn out differently. That's why it's important not to admit fault at the scene. Allow the police investigation to determine who's to blame for any crash you experience when driving.

It's not always easy to tell who's liable for a crash. Leave it up to the police while you let your attorney handle the case. You should focus on getting the medical attention you need.


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