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Who is at Fault in a Car Accident during a Snow Storm in Connecticut?

On the East Coast, it seems like snow is just a natural, and in some cases welcomed, part of the holidays. But the car accidents that can ensue from this winter wonderland aren't so natural or welcomed and they put a serious damper on the holiday happenings.

Winter weather can turn an already complicated accident into complete chaos. Who is at fault? Does the snow affect negligence? When involved in a car accident, it is important to turn to someone you trust in order to prove who was truly at fault. The following information provides helpful insight into determining fault in winter car accidents.

How do you prove fault?

Under normal circumstances, Connecticut is a "fault" insurance state. This means that the driver, or their insurance company, who is responsible for the accident must fork up compensation to cover the damages. The state also requires auto insurance policies to offer certain minimum benefits and coverage amounts.

Because winter weather can make accidents more common, it can be difficult to prove negligence. The insurance company will start by assessing the circumstances surrounding the accident - the presence of snow, icy roads, the speeds that both drivers were traveling, etc. Unfortunately, the insurance company usually assumes that fault lies with someone, regardless of the weather conditions.

Drivers are expected to be more cautious than they normally would and don't get a free pass simply because the snow was falling heavily. Many times, the insurance company will assign fault to both drivers in a 50-50 division. This can be frustrating, particularly if you feel like you did not do anything to contribute to the accident.

At McCoy & McCoy, we have been acting as representatives for victims of car accidents for more than five decades. We are equipped to do whatever we can to ensure that you are not assigned fault for your accident and will work tirelessly on your behalf.

If you are unsure of where to turn after your winter car accident, let our firm be your safety net. Our Hartford personal injury is committed to your best interests and achieving the most favorable outcome possible.

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