Injuries Caused By Snow And Ice In New Hampshire
New Hampshire is known for its severe winters, and this can lead to all kinds of hardships for its citizens. Other than the discomfort associated with cold temperatures, snow and ice can cause numerous hazards throughout the state. This includes not only dangerous roads, but also slippery sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways. These accidents can affect both motorists and pedestrians. So what are some examples of injuries caused by ice and snow in New Hampshire, and how bad might this winter be?
Signs of a Harsh Winter
On September 24th, it was reported that winds of up to 100 miles per hour were blowing through Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Although we might just be entering autumn for the first time, it already feels like the heart of winter in some of the state’s most inhospitable areas. An inch of snow also fell on the mountain’s peak – perhaps announcing the arrival of a particularly harsh winter. Frost and ice covered the roads, while icicles protruded from signs and guardrails. Officials also warned residents that snow and ice showed every sign of continuing for several days.
Injuries to Pedestrians
Pedestrians are at serious risk of injury during the winter – particularly elderly individuals who have trouble balancing. These older citizens may also be more fragile than others – leading to a higher prevalence of broken bones and head injuries. The main culprit is ice on sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots. This ice – including so-called “black ice” – can be particularly hard to spot, especially when victims have poor eyesight.
Property owners have a responsibility to clear away ice and snow within a reasonable time frame. Leaving snow to accumulate is against the law, and it can make property owners vulnerable to lawsuits. These property owners may forced to pay for the medical expenses, missed wages, and emotional distress suffered by individuals who slipped and fell on their premises.
Injuries to Motorists
Motorists may also suffer injuries due to ice and snow. While ice and snow may make it more difficult to drive, it is no excuse for reckless behavior on the road. Drivers have a responsibility to slow down and drive in a safe manner in relation to the conditions. Even though they might be under the speed limit, their speed could constitute negligence if it doesn’t match the conditions. Drivers also have a duty to clear accumulated snow and ice off of their vehicle before getting on the roads, in accordance with New Hampshire RSA 265:79-b, also known as “Jessica’s Law”.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
For help from a skilled Manchester personal injury lawyer, contact the Law Office of Manning Zimmerman & Oliveira, PLLC. Over the years, we have assisted numerous injured plaintiffs in the New Hampshire area. We know that snow and ice can lead to all kinds of injuries, and that mother nature isn’t always the only one to blame. Sometimes, negligent property owners and motorists should be held accountable for the injuries they have caused. Book your consultation today to learn how you can pursue a financial settlement for your damages.