California may not get the harsh winters that are seen throughout much of the country. However, even in the Golden State the weather changes during the winter. Temperatures drop and the days are shorter, and this causes car accidents that may not have occurred during the hot summer months. Below are the three most common types of accident claims filed in California during winter, and what you should do if you are involved in any of them. If you have been injured in any type of accident, reach out to a California personal injury lawyer today.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Only certain parts of California see any snow during the winter, but the entire state gets some rainfall, and icy patches are sometimes found in some areas. In slippery conditions like these, it is easy for a person to slip and fall and become seriously injured. Slip and fall accidents and claims increase during the winter.
To prove a slip and fall claim, you must show that the property owner or occupier was negligent. That is, you must prove the owner or occupier created the dangerous condition, or that they should have known about the hazard and did not correct it. These elements of proof make slip and fall claims challenging to prove and so, it is important to speak to a personal injury attorney in California who can help.
California’s roads are notoriously busy, and that means that there are many car accidents here. The number of these accidents only increases in the winter, though. Just as slippery conditions mean that there are more slip and fall accidents, it also means that there are more car crashes. Unfortunately, drivers do not always drive according to the conditions and they continue to engage in dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding and texting and driving. When this is the case, accident victims or their families can hold them liable for paying compensation for their losses.
Pedestrian accidents occur more in the winter, largely for the same reason that car accidents do. There are many people on the roads, and the conditions are slick. When people, namely motorists, are negligent, these dangerous conditions lead to more accidents. However, during the winter, the days are shorter and it becomes dark earlier. That makes it even more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and unfortunately, those on foot become hurt as a result. Pedestrian accidents are also some of the worst crashes seen on the roads, particularly in the winter. When drivers do not see pedestrians and hit them at full force, it results in a much more severe crash.
Were You Injured in an Accident? Call Our California Personal Injury Lawyers
Accidents happen every day in California, but there are a few types that occur more in the winter than in other seasons. If you have been injured by another person’s negligence, it is important that you understand that you may be entitled to compensation. At Willoughby Brod, LLP, our San Francisco personal injury lawyers are passionate about helping accident victims claiming compensation for their losses, and we want to help you, too. Call us at (800) 427-7020 to schedule your free case evaluation.