Icy Road Conditions and Injury

By Mark T. Flickinger, JD on January 08, 2018

Icy roads are a dangerous hazard that drivers need to be mindful of during the colder winter months. Icy roads make it difficult to maintain control while driving and can occur anytime temperatures drop below freezing. Ice can linger on the road under bridges and in shaded areas even after temperatures rise, often surprising drivers and increasing the risk of accidents and serious injuries. Those who have been injured in an icy road accident caused by the negligence of another driver may seek compensation for their injuries with the help of an experienced car accidents attorney. At Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton, our attorneys help clients obtain the maximum compensation in cases involving icy road conditions and injury in and around Provo, Utah. If you have been injured in a car accident and would like to learn more about what legal recourse is available to you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.

A crashed car on an icy road

The Dangers of Icy Roads

Driving on icy roads presents unique hazards to motorists, increasing the risk of accidents and serious injuries. Icy roads themselves are dangerous to drive on as they provide little to no traction, but combining such slippery conditions with poor or negligent driving is a recipe for disaster.

A lack of traction on icy roads means any speeding can result in a catastrophic accident. Quick movements with the steering wheel, following too closely behind other drivers, frequent lane changes, and distracted driving can also lead to major accidents with serious injuries when driving on icy roads.

Common Injuries In Icy Road Accidents

Because icy roads make it difficult for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles, car accidents in icy conditions can involve multiple drivers and lead to injuries ranging from mild to catastrophic. Some common injuries sustained in icy road accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Lacerations
  • Whiplash
  • Collapsed lungs
  • Back injuries, including spinal cord damage and herniated discs
  • Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions and permanent cognitive damage

Seeking Damages for Injuries

Injuries sustained during an icy road accident can result in permanent disability and lifelong pain and suffering. When injured in a car accident caused by another person's negligence, it may be possible to hold the responsible party liable for their actions. Seeking the experience of a car accident attorney can help determine liability and ensure those who were injured due to another driver's negligence are justly compensated for their pain and suffering.

Reduce Your Risk of Causing an Accident

Icy road conditions require extra care and attention when driving in order to reduce the risk of accidents and to arrive safely at your destination. Just as others may be held liable for negligent driving in icy conditions, you may be held liable if you drive carelessly and cause an accident. Following these winter driving techniques can help reduce your risk of an accident and keep you safe:

  • Drive slowly
  • Don't follow too closely behind other vehicles
  • Don't make quick, jerking steering movements
  • Use small movements when steering
  • Use both hands when steering
  • Use winter tires to increase traction

Contact the Auto Accident Attorneys of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by another person's negligent driving, it is important to contact an experienced attorney to ensure your rights are protected. The car accident attorneys of Flickinger Sutterfield & Boulton can help you get the compensation you deserve. To learn more about your legal rights, schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today.

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