Common Winter Accident Claims

As the weather continues to get worse throughout the winter months, the adverse conditions can prove to be a danger for those exposed to it. Extra care needs to be made by those venturing out into the harsh conditions to ensure their safety. Sadly, this additional care may not always prevent the worst from happening to innocent citizens. Here are a few winter accidents that may entitle you to significant compensation.


The most common and obvious of the added dangers that poor weather conditions bring with them. Snow, sleet and ice settles on the ground creating a slippery and potentially dangerous surface. It is the responsibility of the applicable authority or local council to ensure that all public walkways are safe for people to traverse by foot. This is done by spreading salt and grit on the walkways to improve grip underfoot. A failure to do so could lead to a personal injury claim. Slips can cause devastating injuries to a person’s body.

Road Accident

The roads become more and more unsafe, the worse the weather conditions get. The more ice or snow present on the road, the less control a car will have. Travelling by car is often unavoidable, so the fate of the drivers is thrust into the hands of road governing bodies. It is the responsibility of these bodies to maintain the safety standards of all roads from large motorways to small cul-de-sacs. Road accidents can lead to a wide range of injuries from whiplash to paralysis. If you have suffered an injury or damage to your vehicle/possessions due to insufficient safety procedures in adverse conditions then you may be entitled to make a Car Accident Injury Claim.

Decreased Visibility

A by-product of the winter months is prolonged periods of darkness. With up to 16 hours of darkness in a day, visibility becomes a large concern for many and can have profound impact upon their safety. This darkness can lead to a great number of accidents and injuries. People walking or cycling in poorly lit areas are more susceptible to collisions with other pedestrians or vehicles. Public walkways need to be sufficiently lit in order to remove the possibility of incident and injury. People walking in dimly lit areas are also more likely to trip or fall over an item or fixture that they cannot see.

If you have suffered an injury through an accident that was not your fault then call one of Ocean’s Accident Claims Solicitors for advice as to how to begin your claims process.

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Carol achieved a settlement in the sum of £2m for a client following a road traffic accident which caused catastrophic brain injuries when she was crossing the road as a pedestrian. She has been left with a range of severe permanent impairments and will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.Quote

Carol Jackson