If you live in the Pacific Northwest then you know how treacherous the roadways become when the Winter “ICE” arrives. Unlike other area that may receive heavy snowfall, the Portland and Vancouver areas typically get covered in ICE! It is much easier to drive on snow covered roads than it is on ice covered roads. Unfortunately, in some circumstances drivers don’t even know there is ice on the road until it is too late. Black ice is what it is called in the area, when ice forms on the blacktop roadways. If you hit a patch of road that is covered in “black ice” you typically loose all control of your vehicle as it begins to slide, just like skating in your car on an ice rink, except you have more control with skates.
During the Winter months in Portland and Vancouver there are a lot of accidents because of the icy roads and “black ice”. Even those driving as carefully as they can wind up in accidents which can cause serious damage to their vehicles and possible physical injuries. It is important to remember that if you are involved in an accident that you ensure everyone is safe and document the circumstances of the accident as best you can. If there are injuries you should contact the police and medical personnel.
If injuries or death result because of an accident you should contact a local Portland car accident lawyer or Vancouver personal injury lawyer to ensure you understand your legal options. Most personal injury lawyers provide free initial consultations where you can discuss the circumstances of your accident with an experienced attorney and they can advise you of your legal options. Not all accidents will require filing an accident lawsuit, but a good personal injury attorney will be able to let you know if you may be entitled to compensation for injuries and damages suffered.