Bizarre accidents happen every day in Wisconsin, even on a fair-weather day. Mostly due to slippery ice cover, the risk of serious injury increases during the winter months. Therefore, when mother nature delivers blowing and drifting snow, ice, and other dangerous wintery mixes – there is good reason for concern. Enjoy the beauty of the season, yet be keenly aware of the dangers as well. Attention to the potential dangers may prevent property damage, bodily injury or even death.

  • Each year, over a quarter of all weather-related vehicle crashes in the U.S. occur on snow, sleet, ice, or slushy covered pavement.
  • Most roadway fatalities occur on rural roads which pose more of a challenge to keep ice cleared during winter weather.

Add Caution When There Is Ice

Greater Milwaukee is our service area and also home to a wide variety of roadways, walkways, and attractions. People enjoy getting out all year, even when environmental conditions are more dangerous. Black ice is not uncommon in winter; found on overpasses, under bridges, all and across sidewalks or parking lots. Whether driving or walking, people tend to become overly confident. Be cautious of ice-covered surfaces like roads and cement. While driving, slow down and give some space between yourself and the driver ahead of you. As a pedestrian, wear non-slip shoes and take small cautious steps.

Fall on Ice Injury

Falling on ice is no joking matter. Moisture freezes on cold surfaces causing black ice, a thin and nearly invisible layer of ice. No matter how well the intention to remove snow and ice, parking lots and streets are a winter hazard. It is the Slipping and falling on ice leads to serious injuries, and not just for the elderly. We all know how easy it is to slip and fall. It does not take much to suffer painful injuries to your spine, hips, shoulders, ankles, wrists, etc. In less common but more severe cases, falling on a wet or slippering surface such as ice has resulted in brain, nerve damage, or death. Find out if your slip and fall injuries are due to the negligence of another party.

Car Pile-Up on Ice

Unfortunately, people are often more distracted by what is inside their vehicle rather than what is happening in their driving environment. Speeders, aggressive drivers who drive too close and make unannounced maneuvers do not stop these behaviors due to less visibility or dangerous road conditions. When a negligent, distracted, or just plain aggressive driver fails to take precautions according to ice-covered weather and road conditions, bad things happen. Rear-end accidents, multi-car pileups, and a variety of motor vehicle accidents are often preventable.

Cold Insurance Claim

Do not depend on the insurance company to be your friend; they will not extend a “warm and fuzzy” solution to your pain, suffering, wage loss, property damage or disability. Long-term and life-changing injuries deserve maximum compensation. When the injuries from your unfortunate ice-related accident are significant, and fault can be proven, this is when you need legal advice. Take advantage of the free accident consultation offered by Wisconsin Action Law Offices.

Source: https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/tsp/factsheets/wi.cfm

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