From October to May, the city of Anchorage has street maintenance crews working around the clock to treat our roads for ice and snow. At the same time, private snowplows are being used to remove snow at businesses and residences. With all these vehicles on the road, some collisions are bound to occur.
How Do These Accidents Happen?
An accident with a snowplow can happen for many of the same reasons as it does with other vehicles. For example, you may be hurt if:
- The snowplow driver was drowsy. Snowplow drivers often work long hours in difficult conditions. If they are tired, then they may be more likely to be negligent and to cause a crash.
- The snowplow driver failed to account for blind spots. Snowplows are big vehicles that have blind spots. That means that the snowplow driver can’t always see other nearby vehicles. He should account for these blind spots when changing lanes or turning.
- The snowplow driver was driving recklessly. Drivers that are traveling too fast for the weather and road conditions or that are driving aggressively can cause crashes.
- The snowplow driver was distracted. Drivers who are distracted by cell phones, other electronic devices—or anything else—may take their hands off the wheel, their eyes off the road, or their minds off driving safely and may cause accidents.
Of course, bad weather conditions, drinking and driving, and other factors can also cause a snowplow and a car to collide. A full investigation will need to be done to determine what caused your accident.
Take Action Quickly
In order to protect your rights, it is important to contact a lawyer so that you can take action as soon as possible. The sooner that you take action, the more likely it is that evidence will be available to help you prove your claim and that the more likely it is that you will get a fair recovery sooner. Additionally, if you were involved in a crash with a government-owned or -operated snowplow, then your time to file a claim may be shorter than it typically is in Alaska personal injury cases.
Accordingly, we encourage you to contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation with attorney Ben Crittenden. After that, you can make an informed decision about how to protect your legal rights.