Chicago averages 35 inches of snow each year. This makes snowplows a common sight during the winter months. Snow and ice that is left on walkways, sidewalks, steps, parking lots, and other walking surfaces can be dangerous and people who negligently fail to remove snow and ice from these surfaces are responsible for any injuries sustained.
Typically, there are two types of snowplow driver cases, which are:
- Cases against private snow plow companies.
- Cases against municipal snow removal entities.
Private snow plow companies are subject to different rules than municipal snow removal entities. Private plow drivers are not permitted to operate on public highways or roadways, instead of maintaining private driveways, parking lots, and roads not considered public streets.
Snowplows and other snow removal equipment cause many accidents every year, posing a risk to pedestrians, motorists, and personal property as they move down the road. When these accidents occur, individuals may be able to file a claim against the driver, the employer, or the government entity that employs the driver.
Private employers and municipal entities are required to ensure that their drivers are sufficiently trained on how to safely maintain their vehicles, as well as how to safely navigate difficult and dangerous roads. Drivers must also be regularly tested for drug and alcohol use and must be fully rested before getting behind the wheel.
In the event of an accident, cases against municipal snow removal entities are more difficult to prove because it must be shown that the driver was acting in a reckless manner and recklessness is much harder to prove than negligence cases. However, an experienced personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine who may be liable for your injuries and damages.
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