Car Accidents and Injuries From Snow Plows
Being located so close to the Atlantic Ocean, New Jersey’s usually temperate weather can suffer from sudden snow or ice storms during the winter months. As such, it’s common to see snow plows clearing the streets. However, while snow plows are supposed to make the roads safer for drivers and pedestrians it’s all too common for them to cause unnecessary accidents and injuries.
These accidents can be the result of a number of different failings, but, whether the driver of a snow plow was acting irresponsibly or snow wasn’t removed properly, it’s often people unrelated to the mistake who suffer. Snow and ice that isn’t properly removed from places like walkways, steps, and parking lots make for dangerous walking surfaces that are easy to slip on and the resulting injuries can cost their victims thousands of dollars in medical expenses, lot wages from an inability to work, and a great deal of pain.
Thankfully, the people who fail to properly remove snow and ice can be held responsible for the costs to their victims. As personal injury experts, we’ll walk you through some of the basics of injuries commonly resulting from snow removal and steps you can take if you’ve suffered from one.
Snow Plow Driver Laws
When an injury is suffered because of a snowplow driver, it’s important to know the details of the driver’s employment to know how to pursue the case. There are usually two types of snowplow driver cases. One such case is against a private snow removal company, and the other is against municipal snow removal organizations.
It’s most common to bring cases against private snow removal companies because they don’t have the same legal protections as municipal plows. They would be entrusted with clearing parking lots, driveways, and non-public roads.
Injury From Snow Plows
There are a number of ways you could be injured from snow plows or improper snow removal. Some more common possibilities are:
- Slipping on snow that wasn’t removed properly
- Falling because a parking lot wasn’t salted properly
- Injury from a crash involving a snowplow operator driving under the influence
- Injury from a crash involving a snowplow operator distracted on their phone while driving
Suing A Snow Removal Company
Depending on the specifics of the situation, if you’re injured as a result of improper snow removal, the property owner, snow removal service, or tenant could all be held responsible in a personal injury case. In most cases, the property owner is responsible for the maintenance and safety of their property. A third party snow removal company could be held responsible if they had a contract with the property owner and failed to fulfill their responsibility to keep the property safe. They could also be held responsible for the reckless actions of a snowplow driver.
In both cases, if you were injured by someone else’s negligence, you can pursue compensation for your medical expenses and pain. The extent of the compensation will depend upon a number of factors, including how much you spent for medical care, the cost of ongoing medical care, the extent of your pain and suffering, any inability to work, and changes to your quality of life.
New Jersey Snow Plow Injury Lawyers
It can be complicated to determine who is liable for injuries due to snow and ice removal, that’s why you should consult an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following a snow-related injury. Only a personal injury lawyer can take all of your legal avenues into account when looking at your options.
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