On January 27, 2011, it was reported by news sources that a pedestrian was struck and killed in Wilmington, Delaware by a snow plow during the cleanup from a large amount of snow received in the area. The police continue to seek answers as to the cause of this tragic accident. Why was the person walking on the street? Was the plow driver tired after working through the night? Accidents are very common during bad weather. Streets which look wet could hide ice. Does the driver of that minivan have tires for the weather? Is he in a hurry to get to work? Does he leave enough space between his car and the car in front of him in case he has to stop quickly? Fortunately, most winter accidents are not lethal. However, many involve severe injuries which require extensive medical treatment. If you have been involved in an accident which was not your fault, do you know what to do? The first thing is to call the police. Second, go to the hospital and get thoroughly checked. Then what? You need to contact a lawyer who specializes in automobile accidents. Most people don’t realize that there is a difference between an accident with a privately owned vehicle, a business vehicle or a government vehicle. There is. If you are making a claim against a government entity (such as a state owned snow plow), you must give notice to the governmental entity responsible within a very short period of time. (The time restrictions vary from state to state.) You need a lawyer who will make certain you receive the medical attention you deserve and that those bills get paid. You need a personal injury attorney who will make sure you collect compensation for lost wages and, ultimately, compensation for pain and suffering. If you or a member of your family have been injured in a car accident, I invite you to fill out an online consultation form on my website or call my law office directly at 1-800-603-6833. It is quick and easy and the consultation is free. I have practiced law for over 30 years. During that time, I have worked with some of the finest attorneys in the country. You owe it to yourself to make sure your rights are protected.
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