Winter Storm Hits Kansas and Missouri Residents
Many residents of Kansas and Missouri found themselves snowed in over the last week, after a massive winter storm hit large swaths of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Covering nearly 2,000 miles of ground, this storm has caused major travel delays and car accidents everywhere it touches. Although the storm has finally been slowing down in Kansas and Missouri, its effects are still taking a toll – more than 7 people have now died in serious car accidents.
At DiPasquale Moore, we hope that everyone is able to stay safe in the winter weather. However, if you become injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, you may have grounds to seek compensation. Our Kansas City & Topeka car accident attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience, and we are available and willing to represent you during this difficult time.
Holding Careless Drivers Accountable for Winter Accidents
According to CNN, more than 10 inches of snowfall hit major cities like St. Louis, Kansas City, and Wichita by the morning of January 12th, with more remote areas experiencing up to 20 inches. The Kansas City Star also reported that Missouri was the hardest hit by the storm, and thousands of Missouri residents are still stranded without power or hot water.
In light of such severe weather conditions, it’s imperative that drivers take extra safety precautions on the road, especially in areas that have seen heavy snowfall for more than a week. Packed snow and ice can be more dangerous than freshly-fallen snow, creating a slick surface and making it difficult for cars to find enough traction.
Here are some of the ways that a negligent driver can cause a car accident in extreme weather conditions:
- Going above or at the usual speed limit. Speeding is a common cause for car accidents, but traveling at the regular speed limit can also be considered negligent during a winter storm. Both Missouri and Kansas laws require drivers to consider weather conditions when adjusting their speed.
- Failing to clear snow from windows & roofs. When drivers are in a rush, they may not stop to clear all the snow and ice from their car windows or roof, which can obscure their visibility. In some cases, heavy snow on a vehicle’s roof can fall and cause your car to swerve off the road.
- Following your vehicle too closely. It can take up to 10 seconds for a car to fully decelerate in winter weather, or three times as long as in normal conditions. This means other drivers need to respect your space on the road and travel much further behind you than they normally would. Failing to do so can cause a serious car accident.
Our car accident attorneys at DiPasquale Moore serve injury victims throughout Kansas and Missouri. With extensive experience in bringing motor vehicle claims of all types, we can review the details of your accident and help you determine if the other party was careless.
Give us a call at (888) 743-1030 for a free, no-obligation review of your case!