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Ice Or Snow Car Accident Claims – Can I Get Compensation?

By Cat Way. Last Updated 6th September 2023. Welcome to our guide to ice accident claims and snow accident claims. In poor weather conditions such as snow and ice or below zero temperatures, car accidents on the road can often be very serious, and sometimes injuries can be extremely debilitating and life-altering. In addition, a fatal car accident could occur due to someone else’s negligence.

What we have found is that the people who have experienced such a car accident are not only left with the physical pain and suffering that it can entail, but also the trauma of the memory of their accident. Also, people who were not directly involved, but instead their loved one/s, can be left with dealing with the aftermath, such as a loved one needing care, or in very unfortunate circumstances, coping with their death.

We can help you to claim compensation that reflects the impact that your snow or ice car accident has had on your life, and so cover the costs and any financial losses incurred as a direct result of your accident. This guide will give you lots of information on how to make a compensation claim and more.

If you’d like more information after reading this guide or would like to start your claim today, you can call us on 0800 073 8804.

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What is an Ice or Snow Accident Claim?

Ice Accident Claims

Ice Accident Claims Guide

This refers to when someone has been involved in a car accident that has occurred where there is ice or snow present, which wasn’t their fault. It’s not only the drivers that are eligible to make a claim; innocent passengers or pedestrians can also claim compensation if they have been injured due to an icy road crash.

All drivers are required to take extra care when driving in hazardous weather conditions, and the highway authorities have a duty of care to ensure things are put in place to improve the safety on the roads.

If you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and suffered an injury as a result, then you will be able to make ice or snow accident claims.

What to Do If You Are Involved in an Ice or Snow Car Accident Claim

There are a number of steps you should take when making ice or snow car accident claims that can really help to strengthen your case, such as:

  • Third-party details – If there were other people involved, get their details such as name and phone number if you can, but certain details such as make and colour of their car and the registration number. This is particularly important as they can be traced with just their car details.
  • Witnesses – Try to get as many details as you can of any bystanders and witnesses. Having a witness statement can really help your case.
  • Photos – If you are able, take photos of the accident such as car positioning, tyre marks etc. Or, if you are unable to take photos, if you can, try to obtain photos that witnesses may have taken. These could help in proving who was at fault. Also, take any photos you can of the injuries you have sustained. These provide visual proof of your pain and suffering.
  • Proof of expenses – Keep any proof of costs that you may have incurred as a direct result of the accident and the injuries you have sustained. These would include prescription fees, travelling costs, counselling costs and so on.
  • Medical report – Make sure you see a medical professional to get your injuries assessed and documented. A report will be made that will not only list your injuries but will include recommending treatment, expected recovery time etc. This will be very useful in determining the amount of compensation you should receive.

For more information on the snow or ice accident claims process, please read on. For more free legal advice or to start your claim, please get in touch with us today.

How Long Do I Have To Claim For An Ice Or Snow Car Accident?

If you have a valid personal injury claim following a car accident on ice or snow, then you’ll need to make sure you start proceedings within the relevant time limit. The Limitation Act 1980 establishes that there is a three-year time limit for starting this type of claim. This usually starts from the date of the accident that injured you.

Under some circumstances, the time limit can work differently. For example, if a child has been injured in a car accident, then the time limit is paused until their 18th birthday. Before that day arrives, a claim could be made on the child’s behalf by a court-appointed litigation friend. If, however, a claim is not made before the child turns 18, then the injured party will have three years to start their own claim from their 18th birthday.

Should the injured party lack the mental capacity to make a personal injury claim for themself, then the three-year time limit is indefinitely suspended. A litigation friend could claim on the injured party’s behalf. However, if they later regain this mental capacity, and a claim hasn’t been made for them, then the three-year time limit will begin from the date of recovery.

Get in touch with our advisors today if you would like to ask questions about the time limits or other aspects of claiming for a road traffic accident.

How to Begin an Ice or Snow Accident Claim

Starting car accident claims due to ice on the road will not seem as difficult if you have our help and take advantage of our service. All you would need to do is call us, and we will sort out everything else and support you every step of the way of the claiming process.

When you call us, we will offer you a free consultancy session where you can ask as many questions as you need to with regards to making a claim. We will then also ask you some questions as well just so that we have the necessary facts and understanding of your situation.

Once you are satisfied that we have answered all of your questions and we are certain that you have a case, we will begin to launch your compensation claim. You’ll be pleased to know that all of our specialist claims solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis, and so there is absolutely no financial outlay for you and no unexpected bills. You won’t be required to pay any legal fees until your case is successful.

Sometimes a local medical appointment needs to be arranged. It is nothing to worry about, we would arrange this for you at a clinic local to you, and it wouldn’t cost you anything, but of course, we can discuss this during your free consultation.

Read on to find out more about ice accident claims or snow car accident claims made against your employer.

Ice or Snow Car Accident at Work Claims

If you have had an accident in the snow or ice whilst driving a works vehicle during work time, then you will be able to make a claim. However, it would depend on the circumstances as to whether you would be claiming from your employer. If the accident was proved to be down to their negligence, then you would claim against them, but if the accident was due to the fault of another driver or even the highways agency, then compensation would be claimed against them.

As said earlier in the guide, this type of claim can be very complex, and so by using our service, you will get the expert help, support and guidance you need whilst making your compensation claim and getting the payout amount you deserve.

To find out more about the injuries that can lead to ice accident claims and snow accident claims, please read on, or get in touch with our advisors today for free legal advice.

How Do I Claim for Whiplash?

Whiplash is when the neck and head are forced backwards and then forwards in quick succession, causing extreme stress to the cervical spine, resulting in the muscles in the neck being stretched and torn. Symptoms of whiplash are:

  • Tightness and reduced movement of the neck. The muscles are likely to feel hard or knotted.
  • Tenderness.
  • Pain and stiffness in the neck when trying to look over your shoulder.
  • Pain is experienced when moving your head side to side or backwards and forwards.
  • Headaches that start at the bottom of the skull and move towards the forehead.

Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash injury. Recent changes from 2021 mean that if your injuries are valued at under £5,000, you must now claim through the Whiplash Reform Programme‘s online service. This applies if you are over 18 and the driver or passenger of a vehicle.

If you are unsure of the value of your injuries, give us a call, and we can provide a free valuation and guidance on how you could proceed with your claim. Our expert solicitors have years of experience in ice and snow accident claims and will be able to launch your claim and get you the maximum payout that you are entitled to.

Who is Responsible for Clearing the Highway?

It is the duty of the local authorities to keep the primary roads in their area safe to use under The Highways Act 1980. The Highways Agency also have a similar duty to keep the motorways safe and passable too.

Both the local authorities and the Highways Agency are required to keep the roads clear of snow and ice. Usually, this is done by spreading salt and grit to prevent the snow or ice from settling in colder weather.

Gathering Evidence When Claiming For A Car Accident On The Ice

Evidence is very important when claiming for ice and snow car crashes. Evidence can be very beneficial, as it can help support a number of areas of your claim. For example, evidence can help establish who is liable for your injuries, how severe they are, and how the accident occurred.

Some examples of evidence that you could use to support a claim for an accident on the ice or snow include:

  • CCTV footage: CCTV or dashcam footage of the accident can help prove how it occurred and who is liable.
  • Photographs: Taking photographs of your injuries can provide their severity, and pictures of the accident site, where safe, can further support your claim.
  • Witness statements: While you cannot take these yourself, taking the contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident allows their statements to be taken by a professional at a later date.
  • Medical records: Your medical records can help demonstrate the extent of your injuries and the level of treatment you received.

These are only some examples of what could be used to support claims for snow accidents. If you choose to work with a solicitor, they can help you collect further relevant evidence to help strengthen your claim. Contact our team today to learn more.

What Can Be Claimed for After an Ice or Snow Car Accident Causing Injury?

When proceeding with making a snow or ice compensation claim, there are a number of things to take into account that you can include in your claim such as:

  • General Damages – This refers to the amount of compensation you will receive that reflects the pain and suffering you have experienced.
  • Special Damages – Any costs that you have experienced due to the result of your injury, you can claim for. This could include the following:
  • Medical Expenses – Any prescription fees, or counselling costs etc. can be included.
  • Care Claim – If you have had to have assistance around the house while you recover, the person who has cared for you can file a claim.
  • Loss of Earnings This refers to any loss of income incurred as a direct result of the injuries sustained and also covers the loss of any potential future earnings.
  • Travel Expenses – Any costs of travelling to and from the hospital, any vehicle adaptions and any alternative travel costs would be covered.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of the damages that can be included in ice accident claims and snow accident claims; if you’ve experienced losses that aren’t mentioned above, then contact us today to see if they could be included in a claim.

The Most Common Types of Ice or Snow Car Accident Claims

Some types of snow or ice accident claims could include:

How Much Compensation Will I Get After an Ice or Snow Car Accident Causing Injury?

One question we always get asked is how much compensation will I receive? Of course, we cannot give an exact answer to that question as every accident is different and can have so many variables to it. However, we can give you a list of bracket compensation figures for common injuries sustained in icy and snow car accident claims. These figures are listed in the Judicial College Guidelines. If you don’t see an injury that’s relevant to you, don’t worry, give us a call and we can help you with any questions.

Reason for compensation Typical compensation amount Comments
Severe back injury (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Cases of the most severe injury involving damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots
Moderate back injury (i) £27,760 to £38,780 Permanent damage to the back causing ongoing long term pain
Severe neck injury (i) In the region of £148,330 Severe pain and impairment of movement, possibly even paralysis.
Moderate neck injury (i) £24,990 to £38,490 Injuries to the top of this bracket include chronic conditions, usually involving referred symptoms to other parts of the anatomy or serious soft tissue injuries to the neck and back combined
Severe chest injuries (b) £65,740 to £100,670 This refers to serious heart amd/or lung damage. Prolonged pain and suffering will be present.
Severe shoulder injury £19,200 to £48,030 Injuries to the top end of the bracket are often associated with neck injuries and result in significant disability.
Moderate shoulder injury £7,890 to £12,770 Frozen shoulder with limitation of movement and discomfort with symptoms persisting for about two years.
Less serious leg injuries (iii) Up to £11,840 Simple fractures to the tibia or fibula or soft tissue injuries
Whiplash With Psychological Injuries £4,345 One or more injuries lasting 18-24 months
Whiplash £4,215 One or more injuries lasting 18-24 months

No Win No Fee Ice or Snow Accident Claims

Starting a claim for a car accident on ice or snow might seem daunting, but one of our expert solicitors could help. They could offer their expertise to you through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this kind of No Win No Fee arrangement, you won’t be asked to pay a fee in order for your solicitor to start working on your claim. Similarly, if your claim fails, you won’t be asked to pay your solicitor for their work.

The only time you pay your solicitor for their work is if your claim succeeds. In this case, your solicitor will be paid a success fee. The success fee is taken straight from your compensation award as a small percentage, but there is a legal cap in place. This cap helps to ensure that you keep the majority of your compensation. 

Working with a solicitor on your ice accident claim can be helpful in a number of ways. For example, they could help you gather evidence to help you strengthen your case. A solicitor can also help you evaluate your car accident claim and identify whether it will be affected by the Whiplash Reforms.

Our solicitors are experienced in car accident claims, including ice and snow accidents, and may be able to help you. To find out if you could be eligible to claim, contact our team by following the information below.

Why Choose Us As Your Claims Service For Your Ice or Snow Car Accident Claim?

We are a professional, friendly and highly experienced injury claims law firm that treats all of our clients with respect and empathy. We’re authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and we do our utmost to achieve the best compensation payouts that our clients deserve in the most efficient and thoughtful manner possible. We understand that you are having a rough time at the moment and will treat you with care and consideration and be discrete at all times.

We have been in the personal injury claims industry for many years and have had thousands of extremely successful car accident claims payouts, and with our expert solicitor’s help and guidance, your claim will be a success too.

We are honest and reliable and always put our clients first when pursuing ice accident claims and snow accident claims. Our reputation really does speak for itself.

Call For Free Advice and to Start a Claim

If you have been involved in an ice or snow car accident and want to make a claim or have any questions, all you need to do is call us on 0800 073 8804. Your call will be answered by a member of our professional team who will be more than willing to help you in any way possible. They can talk you through the claiming process so you have a better understanding of what’s involved and how to get started.

Useful Links

Below, you can find some useful links on personal injury claims

HSE Road Safety
This link takes you to a website with information regarding work-related road safety. This will contain useful information if you have had a car accident whilst at work.

Governments website about what to do if you’re involved in an accident

This is a link to the government’s website that gives information about what to do if you’re involved in an accident. But also, it gives information about how to deal with being involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist.

NHS on Whiplash

This leads to the NHS guide to whiplash.

We also have some other guides on car accident claims that you may find useful:

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