Winter Weather – Personal Injury

As we move through winter, with many forecasters predicting colder and snowier conditions than normal, some of us will find ourselves falling victim to the less favourable conditions. Regular winter storms add to the potentially treacherous driving conditions and drivers need to take extra care as a result of the conditions.

According to the Department of Transport, 251 people were seriously injured and 2,274 were slightly inured in reported road accidents during icy and snowy conditions in 2014. During December 2017 the RAC estimated it would be called out to 9,000 of its members on peak days. Of course, many of these accidents are actually avoidable.

During difficult driving conditions, many motorists fail to take the necessary care to other road users which can result in dangerous collisions and you suffering injury. The law protects those injured as a result of another’s negligence and you may be able to claim compensation.

The same goes for roads, pavements, car parks and public spaces. If surfaces become icy or snowy and they remain untreated this can lead to slips and trips which can cause serious injuries. In the case of Rockville v Liverpool City Council (2013) a pathway had been allowed to become icy and remained untreated; as a result Ms Rockliffe slipped causing her to suffer a serious head injury. Ms Rockliffe received damages of £35,000.00.

Of course, accidents can happen at any time and if you feel that you would like to talk to a solicitor about an accident you have had in the last three years please call or email Sam Seagraves at Dickinson Parker Hill LLP for comprehensive legal advice as to your rights and potential remedies.

If you would like any further information about making a compensation claim as a result of injuries in the last 3 years, please contact Sam Seagraves by email or call our offices on 01695 574 201.