December 16, 2020 – Here Comes the First Big Snowfall of the Year!
What a year it’s been! The pandemic; civil unrest over police misconduct and now a winter snowstorm clobbering the NYC area.
School Buses, Black Ice and Less Daylight
These are just a few of the reasons why winter driving can be so hazardous. Driving is dangerous year-round, but there’s more to watch out for in the cold winter months.
Even worse, winter weather comes out of nowhere and fast. Snow can quickly accumulate in the time it takes for you to shop for holiday gifts at the mall, and temperatures can drop even faster. Even if you’re confident about your ability to drive in the snow, the drivers around you may not be. They could lose control of their vehicle at any moment, putting you and your passengers at risk of a crash.
The Dangers of Winter Driving
Manhattan winters can be particularly brutal. Between heavy snowfall, buses, Ubers and everyday commuters, an accident could be one ice patch away. Drivers have to be even more careful on unfamiliar roadways. Unfortunately, not every driver may be as careful as you are.
When you’re injured in a winter accident, the weather can make a bad situation worse. Reduced visibility gives you less time to react, and an icy road means that the brakes won’t work as well, if at all.
Winter Accidents and Liability
Even though the weather might make an accident worse, ice on the road is never an excuse for negligence. If another driver hits you, they can still responsible for the accident, even in bad weather conditions. Bad weather means all drivers should slow down their speed and be extra vigilant. While the at-fault driver can’t claim that the weather caused the accident, they may use it to try to lessen their liability.
Liability is the financial responsibility they have for the accident. When you file a personal injury claim, you are looking for compensation for your damages. This can include:
- The cost of your medical bills and any expected future care;
- The wages you lost while recovering from the wreck;
- Your future wages if you cannot return to work due to your injuries;
- The mental and emotional toll of the accident, known as pain and suffering.
Insurance companies try to protect their profits by blaming the accident on the weather. If they can reduce their driver’s liability, that is less money they have to pay you. Insurance is a for-profit business, make no mistake about it!
We know how insurance companies work. We know what the law says about liability and what insurance company attorneys can and cannot blame on the weather. We know that recovering from serious auto-related injuries is always a drawn-out process. Even when you have access to the best care, it can take months, or years until you feel like your life is back to normal.
It seems like it takes all of your effort to do even the simplest things. The last thing you want to do is try to battle with insurance companies. That’s where we come in. As your NYC Personal Injury Attorney, the insurance company has to talk to us.
After an accident, your priority should be getting better. Leave the litigation up to us!
What We Can Do for You?
At our firm, you are our top priority. We want you to get better, and to help any way we can. This means making sure we settle your claim for the fair value, and if that’s not possible, we will try your case before a jury. For more than a decade, our firm has helped hundreds of clients resolve their claims. We know the laws and we understand how insurance adjusters think. And in the vent that you have a question, we are always just a phone call away.
The Compensation You Deserve
If you choose us to represent you, you pay nothing out of pocket up-front. We advance all costs and only get paid if we get you your settlement. That’s our no win / no-feepromise to you!
After a winter accident, you don’t have to fight the insurance companies alone. We’re here to help. Contact Michael J. Redenburg today!