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Illinois injury attorneyDriving during the winter months can be dangerous. The snow and ice paired with heavy holiday traffic can make it more difficult for you to stay safe behind the wheel. If you would like to reduce your risk of getting into a winter driving accident and keep yourself as well as other drivers safe all winter long, be sure to follow these five tips.

1. Inspect Your Vehicle

If you haven’t already done so, you should thoroughly inspect your vehicle to make sure that it can handle the harsh winter weather. During your inspection, check your tire pressure, windshield wipers, and fluids. It is a good idea to invest in winter tires and take your vehicle to a mechanic for a professional inspection if you do not feel confident inspecting yourself.

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snow, slip and fall, Hinsdale personal injury attorneysDespite the relatively mild temperatures thus far, and a forecast of a gentler winter than a year ago, the snow and ice will still likely reach the Chicagoland area at some point. When it does, it will be accompanied by an increased risk of slip and fall accidents, as walkways, parking lots, and floors are often much more dangerous with the addition of slush and freezing conditions. Every year, thousands of people are injured in falls caused by icy sidewalks and steps, and while many result in minor bumps and bruises, some are extremely serious and can cause problems that last a lifetime. If you have been injured in snowy weather on another’s property, it is important to know what recourse you may have.

Natural Accumulation

Recovery in a winter-related slip and fall case can be challenging. Illinois courts have established that a landowner is not obligated “to remove natural accumulations of snow, ice or meltwater water from their premises” as a general rule. This means that if you are getting out of your car in a parking lot during a snowstorm and the lot has not been plowed, there is no assumed negligence on the part of the property owner. However, you may have a cause for action if the design of the parking lot or walkway cause the snow or ice to accumulate in an unnatural manner and the unnatural accumulation was the cause of your accident.

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