What Are the Leading Causes of Winter Auto Accidents?

What Are the Leading Causes of Winter Auto Accidents?

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The icy roads and unpredictable weather conditions of Connecticut winters can significantly increase the risk of auto accidents. Read on and reach out to a seasoned Stamford, Connecticut auto accident lawyer from Casper & de Toledo to learn more about the leading causes of winter auto accidents and how our legal team can help if you’ve been hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of auto accidents in the winter?

Some of the most common causes of auto accidents during winter months are as follows:

  • Slippery Roads: When temperatures drop, precipitation can turn into ice patches, especially on bridges, overpasses, and infrequently traveled routes. These icy patches can easily cause vehicles to skid and lose control.
  • Limited Visibility: Snowstorms, fog, and early dusk can greatly reduce visibility. Drivers often find it difficult to see other vehicles, pedestrians, or road signs.
  • Inadequate Tires: Worn-out or unsuitable tires can’t grip icy or snowy roads effectively, leading to skids and loss of vehicle control.
  • Braking Issues: On slippery roads, traditional braking can cause vehicles to skid. Many drivers, unfamiliar with the nuances of braking on ice, can find themselves in hazardous situations.
  • Vehicle Malfunctions: Cold temperatures can affect a vehicle’s performance, from windshield wiper failures to diminished fluid effectiveness, contributing to unexpected problems on the road.
  • Inexperienced Drivers: Drivers unfamiliar with winter conditions or those who have recently moved to Connecticut may not be prepared to handle the state’s winter roads.
  • Speeding: While speeding is dangerous year-round, it becomes particularly perilous in winter months when roads are slippery, and braking distances increase.
  • Tailgating: Following too closely can be deadly during winter. If the car ahead brakes suddenly, the one behind might not have adequate time or space to stop.
  • Distracted Driving: Checking the phone, adjusting the radio, or simply not paying full attention can have dire consequences, especially when roads are precarious.
  • Poor Road Conditions: Potholes, uneven road surfaces, and uncleared snow can lead to accidents, especially when combined with the other factors listed above.

Do I need an attorney if I’m injured in an accident due to no fault of my own?

Please note that if the cause of an accident relates to the condition of a road, including an icy surface, a pothole, or even a partial collapse of the road, there may be very strict notice requirements that apply. Such a notice must be given within ninety days of the accident. The criteria for such a claim in Connecticut are very strict – and referred to colloquially as the defective highway statute.

Despite one’s best efforts, winter auto accidents can still occur. When another party’s negligence, whether from speeding, distracted driving, or other causes, results in an accident, victims have a right to compensation. Hiring an attorney becomes pivotal in such situations. An attorney can help you investigate the accident, gather evidence, and speak with witnesses. An attorney can also work to determine the liable party, negotiate with the appropriate parties, and, if a settlement can’t be reached, take your case to court and fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident of any kind that was caused by another party’s negligence, Casper & de Toledo stands ready to get you the justice you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation today.