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Road Traffic Accidents in snowy and icy conditions

During the winter, ice and snow on the roads can make driving conditions difficult and accidents more likely for all road users:  cyclists, pedestrians, passengers, motorists and motorcyclists.

Road Traffic Accidents in poor conditions can often be serious, with those involved less likely to have time to react.  In some cases, injuries sustained by road users may be life-changing or even fatal.

We could help you start a compensation to cover the impact of your injuries and other losses, in circumstances such as the following:

  • A driver drove recklessly or failed to adapt their driving to take account of the hazardous road and weather conditions
  • The local authority, alongside the Highways Agency, failed in their duty of care in taking reasonable steps to make the road surface safe for road users; ice or snow caused an accident as a result

Weather conditions can change rapidly; the authorities must prioritise major routes when allocating resources to salt spreading and may decide to close roads which are particularly hazardous. They should also alert drivers to any hazards where appropriate (with signs etc).

The council will not be able to grit / clear all roads and cannot be held responsible for all accidents that are caused by snow and ice. However, if the authorities have failed to follow the regulations in The Highways Act, you may have grounds to make a claim for compensation.

Poor weather conditions can make it especially difficult to establish who was at fault for a road traffic accident. If you have been injured in an accident in wintry conditions, we would recommend you speak to one of our helpful specialists on freephone 0808 2565 184.

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If you’ve had an accident at work, you should get in touch with our specialist team as soon as possible.  We’ll take the details we need and explain the next steps. We always recommend you take the following steps, but don’t worry if there’s something here you haven’t done:

  • Complete an accident report and inform your Health and Safety representative at work
  • If you are still in pain, shock, or distress when the report is completed, do not sign it.
  • Keep details of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • If possible, as soon as you can, ask your Health and Safety representative to take photos of the scene and make them available to you.
  • Write down your recollection of exactly what happened in the accident, including the location and approximate time.

Work Claims Bureau prides itself on progressing your claim promptly whenever it is possible to do so. No two claims are the same. How long your claim lasts is dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • The prognosis for your injuries
  • The conduct of all parties involved
  • Whether your employer admits they were at fault or if we need to fight your case on your behalf

Bearing this in mind, work accident claims typically take between 6 months and 24 months to conclude.  However, this is not ‘written in stone’, and they can last a shorter or longer time than this.

Your employer faces further culpability if they take disciplinary action against you or terminate your employment simply because you make an honest claim for personal injury. There is legislation in place to protect you. You are doing the right thing in reporting your accident and formally submitting a claim, both for yourself and for your employer in helping prevent similar accidents happening in the future.

Talk to one of our claim experts now to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to

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