Several winter storms have hammered the East Coast already this season, and as we all know, wintry weather can occur well into spring in Maryland. Conditions like snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on roads and make driving extremely difficult. Not surprisingly, winter weather often leads to serious car accidents that have the potential to leave victims with severe injuries and other losses. Fortunately, in many cases, victims are entitled to compensation for their accident-related losses under Maryland law.
Many Winter Weather Accidents Are Avoidable
Many of us make the incorrect assumption that winter weather accidents are just an unavoidable part of life and that no one is to blame when a crash occurs. In reality, drivers are required to drive in a way that does not put others at an unreasonable risk of harm, and when they don’t, they can usually be held liable for any damages they cause. In addition, during winter weather, it’s possible that a driver could be driving completely legally but still negligently in light of the conditions.
Some of the ways that negligent drivers can cause accidents during winter weather include:
- Driving faster than is safe in light of the conditions
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Following too closely
- Turning or changing lanes without signaling
- Failing to use headlights or windshield wipers
- Driving a vehicle that is inherently unsafe in winter weather conditions
The best way to determine whether negligence was behind your accident is to have your case reviewed by an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
You Should Retain an Attorney Even if the Other Driver Admits Fault
Sometimes, rather than claiming it was unavoidable, the other driver (or his or her insurance company) will admit fault for a winter weather accident. If you find yourself in this situation, you may be tempted to handle the claim yourself. After all, if the insurance company is offering you money, what’s the point of retaining a lawyer?
The answer to the question to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies are out to make money, and they do this by paying out as little as possible on each claim people make. Without the assistance of an attorney, there’s a good chance that you will undervalue your claim and accept a settlement offer far below your actual damages. For this reason, you should always retain a lawyer after an accident, even if the other party is ready to settle your case.
Call Alpert Schreyer, LLC, Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation With a Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer
If you suffered an injury in an accident in which winter weather played a role, it’s essential that you have an attorney review your case. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident, there’s a good chance that you will be able to recover compensation for all of your accident-related losses. To schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney in Maryland, call our office today at (844) 632-7274 or contact us online.