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Who can I sue if I'm injured during the winter on black ice?

During the winter months, the weather can often be unpredictable. In just a matter of days, temperatures can drop from the 50s down to the teens with a cold front. Before you know it, rain becomes sleet or snow.

Unless temperatures get warm enough for roadways to dry up before night falls, you'll likely find yourself having to be on the lookout for sheets of black ice in the following days.

If you've taken a drive with even the tiniest accumulation of snow or ice, you likely know just how dangerous driving on frozen surfaces can be. No matter how slow or cautious you drive, there's always a realistic chance of you being sent sliding. It's no wonder that if you turn on the news during a cold, winter day, you'll hear reporters telling stories of motorists who crashed because of the weather.

Icy crashes usually result in more serious injuries. For example, motorist who tries to stop quickly on ice will experience a speed acceleration as the car brakes into a slide. If you're involved in a crash in which either your passenger or the person you strike is injured, then they'll rely upon your bodily injury coverage portion of your car insurance for reimbursement of their medical bills.

At the same time, if you or your passenger are injured during icy driving due to the fault of another motorist, it's possible that the other driver will be financially responsible for financial costs and damages. By closely reviewing the circumstances leading up to your car crash and the personal injury laws involved, you can better determine the merits of such a lawsuit.

Source: The Balance, "Sliding on ice and car insurance claims," Emily Dellbridge, accessed Jan. 19, 2018

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