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Snowstorms, Negligent Drivers Pose Spring Dangers on the Road

close up photo of a car tire driving on a snowy road

Spring is here in Colorado and that often brings flowers and snowstorms. A recent storm in the Denver metro area left close to two feet of snow and hazardous roads to travel.

A “Vehicle Traction and Chain Law” alert was put into effect in the Denver metro area, just like what is used for mountain driving throughout the winter months. The traction law means your vehicle must be four/all-wheel drive, or have snow tires or mud/snow tires, and all tires must have at least one-eighth of an inch of tread. You can also use tire chains or other traction devices such as the “AutoSock” if the tread on your tires are not sufficient to meet the requirements of the law. You can learn about this law on the Colorado Department of Transportation website.

The snow may or may not be over in Colorado. But whether or not there is snow, car crashes unfortunately occur all the time due to driver negligence. If you are involved in a crash due to the fault of another driver, remember the following:

  • First call 911 and get the medical care and treatment that you or another injured person might need. If you have sustained an injury, get to a hospital as soon as possible.
  • Next, if possible, exchange information with the other driver, including the other driver's contact information and insurance information. You should also take down the information of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • When it is safe to do so, take pictures or videos of the scene of the accident, including the vehicles, the surroundings, and any visible injuries. Although the police will investigate and file an accident report, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible before the scene changes. Photographs are among the best proof you can offer about what happened and why.

You or someone on your behalf should notify your insurance company. Your insurance medical payments coverage can assist in paying for the initial medical treatment you may need. You should know that you do not have to talk to the at-fault driver’s insurance company and you should not sign releases for the other driver’s insurance company which would allow them to obtain all of your private medical and other records.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash from due to the negligence of another driver, we can help you navigate through insurance coverage, get the compensation you deserve and get your life back on track. The lawyers at Klein Frank, P.C. have dozens of years of experience handling car crash cases and dealing with the insurance companies.

Tell us about your case when you call Klein Frank, P.C. at (303) 448-8884.

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