Colorado Springs Weather-Related Accident Attorneys
Road conditions in Colorado can be hazardous in the wintertime. With freezing drizzle and snow, ice can develop on the roadways, leading to numerous accidents and injuries. In 2021, 672 people were killed on state roadways. El Paso County was ranked as the number one deadliest county in the state, with 77 traffic fatalities, as reported by Out There Colorado.
Average snowfall across the state of Colorado is 67.30 inches per year, as stated on World Population Review. Even when drivers take precautions, winter weather and icy roads are a common cause of accidents in Colorado. Any type of precipitation – rain, sleet, snow, or ice – can increase the risk of a crash for motorists on the roadways.
- Rain: Rain can reduce visibility, reduce traction, increase the time required to stop, and lead to hydroplaning – when a vehicle slides uncontrollably on the road surface.
- Snowy conditions: Snow or sleet can accumulate on the roof of the car, hide traffic signs and signals, and cause whiteout conditions in which visibility is dramatically reduced.
- Icy conditions: Ice on the road can lead to a total loss of control of a vehicle. Drivers can hit a patch of ice and go into a spin. Black ice can be particularly dangerous, as it is not visible to drivers.
- High winds: A high crosswind can rock a vehicle from side to side, creating a risk of loss of control. It can also raise dust and debris, reducing visibility.
- Fog: Mist and fog cause weather conditions in which it is difficult for drivers to see. This can lead to accidents and injuries.
People who drive irresponsibly make the roads even more hazardous for others in inclement weather conditions. Weather-related accidents can occur when drivers:
- Speed or drive too fast for conditions
- Fail to yield to other vehicles
- Turn or merge suddenly
- Disregard traffic signs and signals
- Brake improperly
- Text, talk on the phone, or otherwise drive distracted
- Tailgate other vehicles
- Make sudden, improper lane changes or other aggressive driving maneuvers
- Drive with malfunctioning lights or vehicle equipment
Car accidents can cause many different types of injuries, ranging from minor to serious or catastrophic to fatal. Common injuries in weather related crashes include head trauma, facial injuries, bone fractures, neck and back injuries, soft tissue damage, lacerations, contusions, amputation, internal injuries, and death.
Compensation for a weather-related accident caused by driver negligence will depend on the extent and severity of your injuries and the circumstances of your case. Damages you may entitled to claim may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Nursing care
- Medical devices
- Loss of future earning potential
- Property damage
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Our Colorado Springs personal injury attorneys can investigate your accident, assess the full extent of your losses, and pursue all forms of compensation on your behalf.
Our founding attorney, Timothy Bussey, is the only attorney in Colorado with the ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designation. As a former district attorney, he understands how the other side works and knows how to counter insurance company strategies. If you have suffered serious injuries in a severe weather crash caused by someone else’s negligence, call us at (719) 475-2555 to schedule a free consultation.