Having lived in the south for all of my life, its very rare we get snow, much less ice on the roads. This Winter season has been a little bit colder than we are use to. Of course, the further you go north, the more you have ice and snow on the road conditions. Us southerners are just not equipped to deal with snow and ice on the roads. Atlanta and its metropolitan area has been hit hard these past few months with snow and ice. The most snow i have seen in fact. I was just reading about a horrible car accident involving 2 people who were killed down in Macon because of ice on the roads. Another Cobb county man was killed in paulding county when he lost control of his truck after hitting some ice and left the roadway.
Car accidents caused by ice or snow on the roads
We have had a lot of car accidents and injuries resulting from people having to travel. These Car accidents may have occurred when there was ice and snow on the road. Your car will not gain any traction in ice. Snow is a different story. When you have a layer of ice on the road,a tank would slide down it. Snow driving is a little different, if you have an all wheel drive car or 4 wheel drive you are good to go in snow. Snow driving will still be slick and you must be cautious, but it’s a lot better than driving on ice. I dont have the data in front me or know if it even exist on how many car accidents are caused by snow and ice.
Who is At Fault for a car accident caused by the ice or snow?
When you have a car accident in dry weather or ice conditions, you are going to be responsible. You are responsible for the safe operation of your car in any weather. If there is ice and snow on the roadways, maybe you should not be out in it. Insurance companies are going to look at every aspect of your car accident. Some people feel that if they lose control of their car because of the ice and snow, no matter what they hit, they are not at fault. The insurance company is not going to take that same approach.
You may be surprised that if you are involved in a car accident on black ice or in the snow, you could still be at fault for theat accident. We all like to blame others for our shortcomings, but we can’t blame the weather, we knew it was bad and chose to go anyway.
You have assumed the risk when you drove on that snow & ice covered roadway
- Is an icy or snowy road car accident considered an ‘Act of God’?
- Was the at fault driver behaving reasonably when they chose to drive on an icy road?
- Where you behaving reasonable for being out in the snow and ice?
The insurance companies approach is going to be no matter what the road conditions are, you are responsible for the operation of your car in safe manner. Icy roads can no doubt be hard to drive on, especially down here in the south. You are expected to take extra caution when driving on the ice and snow to avoid a car accident. You have the responsibility to operate your car in a safe manner, no matter what the conditions are.
Icy roads and snow can contribute to a car accident, and the police officer may write up the accident report that way. You may have found yourself losing control of you car, along with the other party as well. We have two out of controlled cars hitting each other because of ice and snow, who is to blame, both of you.
In some instances, he may be able to determine who was at fault and write 26 (other) on contributing factors. In other cases, you may have slid through a 4 way stop and struck a car. An officer may write you at fault for the car accident, no matter if you slid on ice and snow or not.
While you may not have received a citation in your accident, this does not mean you are off scott free. The other party may not have received a citation as well. Now we enter the battle of the insurance companies. One or both will reject liability in the incident. If you have full coverage , you might be better off filing a claim and let your insurance company work for you. Finding who was at fault in a snow and ice roadway accident may be left of to the insurance companies rather than the police. If you don’t have the coverage, maybe you should just stay at home. People up north don’t have that luxury, this is normal for them, but for the south, everything shuts down.
Drive more careful
- Tires- Do you have good tires on your car or are they old and slick, if so, you might need to stay home. In some areas of the us, people will not have winter tires and summer tires, we only have one tire.
- Chains- In some areas, chains are used for navigating through snow and ice. In the south, the only chain we have is to pull someone out of the mud.
- 4 Wheel drive- I have owned a Jeep for a while now and absolutely love it, i think it has the best 4 wheel drive system in any vehicle. It did wonderful in the first snow storm we had. When others where in the ditch, we were moving just fine
- Slow Down-People think here cars can stop in the same distance in the rain as dry pavement down here, throw some snow and ice in the mix and you have a disaster waiting to happen.
Driving more carefully in these types of conditions makes a lot of sense. However, i have observed some folks who still drive as they normally would, only to see them crashed or in a ditch a mile down the road. Make sure to increase your distance substantially between you and the next car. Make sure to not go out if you dont absolutely have to. Many businesses in the south completely close down when this type of weather hits. I know the schools do, they have been out 3 days this week.
The legal side of snow and ice car accidents
Acting with due care. what does that mean. Every driver is responsible for his or hers own actions, no matter if there is snow and ice on the roads or not. If you lose control of your car on the ice and cause an accident, you or your insurance company could be held liable for damages to the other person’s vehicle or injury. A reasonable person, is how it is stated would not drive out in icy road conditions and be involved in a car accident. A reasonable person would know if they had the ability and the vehicle to drive in such conditions. Laws differ in every state, some laws are more clear than others when it comes to road conditions.
Injured in a ice or snow car accident
If you have been injured in an accident that involved ice or snow conditions, no matter who was to blame, you still should see a doctor. A Accident doctor can treat your injuries a. If questions arise about the accident or you need some legal guidance, i’m sure your doctor can point you in the right direction.
Driving on the snow and ice can be dangerous, but it’s very dangerous and unnerving here in the south. Not many people are use to these types of conditions. They think they can drive just as fast in the snow and ice as they can on dry pavement, and physics just don’t allow that.