Every year, Indianapolis residents can expect snow, ice, and subzero temperatures at some point during the harsh winter months. As anyone who drives in these conditions can confirm, winter weather can wreak havoc on roadways, causing slippery conditions, poor visibility, and other issues that make driving treacherous.
Poor weather does not excuse negligent driving, however, and people whom car accidents injure in winter weather conditions are nonetheless entitled to compensation in many cases. For this reason, anyone whom a car accident has hurt—in any weather—should discuss legal options with an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with car accident attorney Merry Fountain, call our office today or contact us online.
Driver Negligence May Cause Winter Weather Accidents
While snow and ice can certainly make driving difficult, drivers always have a legal duty to drive in a way that does not place others at an unreasonable risk of injury. Drivers fail in this responsibility during winter weather by:
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Failing to stop at stop signs
- Failing to use headlights
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Distracted driving
- Driving an unsafe vehicle
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Impaired driving
These are not the only ways in which drivers can negligently cause accidents in wintery conditions, so always review the facts of your case with a lawyer—even if you think the wreck was unavoidable or partially your fault.
Do You Need a Lawyer if You Received a Settlement Offer?
Shortly after many winter weather accidents, insurance companies may offer settlements to victims—often before they retain an attorney. While retaining a lawyer may seem unnecessary if the insurance company is willing to settle, first settlement offers are often for much less than a victim deserves. In addition, accurately determining the compensation to which a victim is entitled usually requires significant legal training and experience.
A lawyer will evaluate your losses and determine how much you should expect to receive from your car accident case. In addition, your lawyer will handle negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf and may file a lawsuit to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve under Indiana law.
Call the Fountain Law Firm to Schedule a Free Consultation With an Indianapolis Car Accident Attorney
At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully helped many car accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which Indiana law entitles you, hire an experienced car accident attorney to handle your case. Attorney Merry Fountain can help you today by meeting in her office or in your home. Call Merry Fountain anytime at (888) 242-HURT (4878) or write her online for a free consultation.