To outsiders, Minnesota can appear to be a winter wonderland many months of the year. But for those of us that call the state home, we know all too well the dangers of snowstorms and other hazards winter weather brings. Luckily, our highway department is equipped to handle a good majority of the snowfall and works hard to keep the roadways clear. But, accidents do happen, and when they involve a snow plow the injuries can be severe. Complex legal questions do arise when a snow plow is involved in an accident though, requiring you to fully develop your case. One of the hot button issues is whether the city has immunity from lawsuits of this type, and making a claim that they do not enjoy immunity from suit takes skill.
Once you have overcome the hurdle of governmental immunity, a case for personal injury can be made. MnDOT employees have a responsibility to operate snow plows in a safe manner, and when found not to be an injured person can file a case. But, because the injuries can be significant when hit by a snow plow, it is a good idea to keep in mind somethings that will help prevent these types of accidents. These include:
- Keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and the snow plow.
- Be patient, and take your time when driving on snowy roads and around the snow plows.
- Be aware of the road conditions, by checking the local news before heading out. Most times you can learn where the dangerous spots are, and can also find out which roads have been cleared for safe passage.
Another possibility for an accident when snow plows are out comes from other drivers. You have to be just a careful to avoid being hit by another car and pushed into a snow plow as you do to say clear of the MnDOT workers. When another motorist causes you to collide with a snow plow, you are also permitted to bring an action against that driver. We understand the dangers that go along with winter weather, and can help you recover from an accident that is weather related or involves snow plows and/or other drivers.
If you have been in an accident, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.