Chevron pointing up icon

Accidents in the snow

Solicitors in London

Stuart Kightley is praised for his expertise in catastrophic and fatal claims. Clients say he is very impressive, in terms of both his experience and his management of the personal injury team.

Chambers UK

Accidents in the snow

Every few years, usually following an unexpected snowfall or icy spell, stories start to emerge in the press of personal injury claims being made against individuals who have washed their cars in their driveways. The claimants are passers-by who have slipped on the ice that formed from the excess water running onto a nearby pavement. In reality there are virtually no claims of this nature as they would be almost certain to fail, but there are more serious instances where claims can be made.

Avoidable accidents in the snow

Whilst most rational people would accept that snow and ice presents us with slipping risk that is difficult to completely avoid, there are some injuries caused by slips on snow or ice that could and should have been avoided. For instance, busy areas outside old people’s homes, hospitals, schools, shopping centres and transport hubs need to be kept clear – so far as reasonably practical – for pedestrian traffic, especially where elderly or other more vulnerable people are likely to be moving about. Indeed local councils owe a statutory duty to take steps to prevent the highway becoming or remaining dangerous, and that included having a proper policy for dealing with icy weather.

The duty to have a proper winter weather policy applies to roads as well as pavements. Again, this is not an absolute duty, so main arterial routes should be prioritised for gritting before minor roads, and the extent of the gritting job should be proportionate to the danger. So if a driver loses control of his car on the bend of a country road on an icy evening there will not necessarily be a claim against the council for the injury and damage that result, but if that place was an accident hot spot and there was no policy in place to grit the road then the claim is likely to succeed.

Case study

An example of a case recently settled by Osbornes involved a lady who slipped on ice as she got out of her car in the car park of a large cinema chain. There had been snow several days before the accident, and most of the car park had already been cleared of snow and ice, with the exception of a few spaces, one of which was where the Claimant had parked. The Claimant injured her ankle as a result of her fall, and we were able to obtain nearly £4,000 for her in compensation.

What is important in cases such as this is showing that the defendant, whoever they may be, has been negligent in failing to properly deal with the threat presented by the snow or ice. Osbornes have an experienced team of legal experts who will quickly be able to assess the likely prospects of success of your claim, and therefore not waste your time if there is no realistic chance of success. Our professionalism and efficiency will also mean that the entire claims process, from your first conversation with us to the handing over of your compensation cheque will be stress free, with clear and concise explanations provided throughout.

Written by Stuart Kightley

Speak to a Lawyer


Latest Personal Injury News

Osbornes Law Osbornes Law @osborneslawyers RT @ClaireAndrews36: Not long until I fly out to Athens for the Trust in Litigation Conference! @knect365 https://t.co/Ki30MBmyzI 2 days ago
Osbornes Law Osbornes Law @osborneslawyers RT @shilpa179: Commonhold- the law commission make new proposals https://t.co/6WCstcY84w 2 days ago
Osbornes Law Osbornes Law @osborneslawyers RT @ClaireAndrews36: Fabulous seminar by @unclemaxwell on the developments in spousal maintenance last night. Thank you Max! #familylaw @29 1 week ago
Osbornes Law Osbornes Law @osborneslawyers RT @jellymalin: I woke up with a sudden desire to start a book 📚 club in North London, featuring lots of cheese & wine. Would you guys wann… 9 weeks ago
Osbornes Law Osbornes Law @osborneslawyers RT @camdencyclists: Only six days left to say to Camden "KEEP TAVI PLACE MOTORS EASTBOUND" https://t.co/YkDDnKq9Ga https://t.co/UUO6DdDQpt 9 weeks ago
Osbornes Law Osbornes Law @osborneslawyers @osborneslawyers launching new advert @ #Hampstead tube very soon. Here is a clue as to the theme!! @HandHSocHeathhttps://t.co/mAccFfxYdW 9 weeks ago
Osbornes Law Osbornes Law @osborneslawyers @osborneslawyers very proud to be involved in such an important project. https://t.co/5xZyFmEvRB 9 weeks ago
Osbornes Law Osbornes Law @osborneslawyers Great night at the #BritishLegalAwards. Privilege for @osborneslawyers to be up for UK Law Firm of the Yr with thes… https://t.co/MV2j7TUs0c 11 weeks ago
Osbornes Law Osbornes Law @osborneslawyers RT @PriorSteph: ⁦@osborneslawyers⁩ ⁦@ClaireAndrews36⁩ ⁦@FreedmanMark⁩ ⁦@RobertAylott⁩ We are having a great time at Hilton Deansgate Manche… 11 weeks ago
Osbornes Law Osbornes Law @osborneslawyers Big night for @osborneslawyers with TWO award ceremonies. Family Law Firm of the Yr #FamilyLawAwards & Claimant PI… https://t.co/0HLg61m0Wy 11 weeks ago

Introducing Your Personal Injury Legal Team

Osbornes has an experienced team of specialist personal-injury lawyers to assist with your case / situation

arrow pointing up


Livery House, 9 Pratt Street, London NW1 0AE
Tel: 020 7485 8811 Fax: 020 7485 5660
DX Number 57053 Camden Town


28A Hampstead High Street, Hampstead, NW3 1QA
Tel: 020 7485 8811 Fax: 020 7485 5660

Contact a Lawyer

Enter your details below to receive a call from Osbornes:


Speak To A Lawyer

Speak To A Lawyer


To a