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Hello, I'm Karla Mitchell. Going through a legal case can be very expensive and challenging. I won't go into details, but I recently underwent my own legal battle that lasted several years. It is finally over and I successfully received a settlement, but I had to spend so much time studying law in order to play my role in my own court case. While I found a great attorney at one point, I felt completely lost initially and I don't want anyone else to experience the same thing. So I decided to create this blog for those who would like to know more about law.


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Careless Drivers Are Still At Fault Even On Slushy Roads

by Andrew Martin

After a snowfall, the roads often turn into slush. However, the slush is not easy to drive through and can be very slippery. As a result, drivers are expected to be more careful as they navigate these roads. If a driver is not cautious and an accident results, they might be held responsible. While the driver might claim that their accident is an "act of God," your car accident lawyer might be able to prove that it was a result of the negligence of the other driver.

Common Accidents on a Slushy Road

A road becomes covered in slush when small ice crystals mix with water. The slush will often be covered in dirt and will be gray and white in appearance. There are various ways that slushy roads can cause cars to stop more slowly. This can lead to you being more likely to suffer a rear-end accident or a T-bone.

A car might also slide into your lane and hit you. The accident can happen without warning and you may not even fully remember what happened. However, you will want to immediately write down the details of the accident.

Why a Driver is Considered Liable

The driver is expected to slow down while driving on an unsafe road. They should allow for a greater distance between themselves and other drivers. Unfortunately, even during cold weather conditions, many drivers will continue to speed and tailgate and this will create a highly dangerous situation. But even if the driver is following the speed limit, they may be going too fast.

When pursuing a settlement from an insurance provider, the insurance company might refuse to settle while arguing that the accident was not the fault of the policyholder. However, many insurance providers will make this claim even when they know it is not true. Therefore, both you and your car accident lawyer will want to pursue a settlement anyway.

How to Force an Insurance Provider to Settle

There are two main tools that a car accident lawyer will use to encourage an insurance provider to settle. One is to write a demand letter in which you demand that the insurance provider settles for a specific amount. You will want the settlement amount to be as high as possible while still being reasonable. 

If this does not work, your second option is to file a lawsuit. Oftentimes, the insurance provider will settle shortly before trial to avoid the expensive process of fighting their case in court.

For more information, contact a car accident lawyer near you.