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Accidents due to weather conditions compensation claims
When weather conditions worsen the risk of accidents on the road, on foot and in the workplace is increased. Most adverse weather condition accidents are often unavoidable, however they do occasionally occur due to the failure of a third party to take measures to minimise the risk of them happening.
Stephensons’ personal injury solicitors are experienced these types of cases and can help you to make a claim for compensation if you have sustained an injury as a result of somebody else’s negligence. Call our team on 01616 966 229.
Types of accidents caused by adverse weather conditions
Common accidents include:
Accidents whilst driving
Bad weather can make for difficult and dangerous driving conditions. Reduced visibility, snow, ice and heavy rain can increase the risk of road traffic accidents such as collisions with other vehicles or objects, skidding and aquaplaning.
It is advisable to avoid driving where possible when the roads are icy and to take precautions where driving is unavoidable, however it is the responsibility of the local council to ensure that major public roads are cleared, gritted and as safe as possible to minimise the likelihood of accidents happening. If you are injured on a major road due to the failure of your local council to take appropriate and reasonable steps to prevent an accident occurring you may be able to claim compensation for any injuries and loss of money you suffer as a result.
Slips and falls in public places
Slips and falls become increasingly likely in the winter months when surfaces are not cleared or gritted properly. The owners of customer serving businesses are responsible for making sure that their premises are safe for their customers to access, and local councils are responsible for ensuring that high footfall pedestrian areas, such as town centres are as safe as is reasonably possible for pedestrians. Please note that local councils/authorities are not responsible for gritting every path and pavement as it would be simply unreasonable to expect them to do so.
Accidents at work
If you work outdoors you will have an increased chance of sustaining an injury in the workplace due to bad weather. Employers are responsible for taking steps to ensure that their employees are safe throughout the course of their working day and should take steps to minimise the risk of injury at work, particularly during the winter.
Weather related accident compensation claims
If you are unfortunate enough to sustain an injury due to the failure of a third party to ensure roads, walkways or your workplace are clear and safe you may be able to make a claim for compensation. At Stephensons we understand that injuries as a result of bad weather can result in serious and sometimes life-changing injuries which can have a significant financial impact. We can work with you to obtain the compensation you need to ensure that your injury impacts your everyday life as little as possible. Our dedicated personal injury team have a wealth of experience in settling adverse weather accident compensation claims and will be able to guide you through the process.
If you would like to speak to a member of our team to discuss pursuing a claim for compensation call us on 01616 966 229 or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you directly.
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