Ice Cold Negligence

Most people, when they hear the term “negligent driver”, think the driver was under the influence of alcohol or narcotics of some kind. But being negligent doesn’t even have to involve drinking or using drugs. In fact, the use of cell phones while driving is becoming the #1 negligent act a driver can do while behind the wheel.

Now, I’m not going to rehash all the reasons why cell phones and driving are bad idea, you can search our site and read the many blog articles I’ve written over the years if you’d like.

I want to share with you another negligent act that you might not have thought about.

A negligent act that blinds the car in back of you causing them to lose control of their vehicle and crash.

This negligent act only occurs in the winter and when the owner of a car or truck doesn’t properly clear the snow off their vehicle. Maybe you’ve been in this situation before? You’re in a hurry to get to work or school or wherever it is you’re heading, you clear the snow from the front windshield and windows around the car but neglect the roof. You get in your vehicle and drive away. Unfortunately, any speed above 1 mile per hour can cause the snow on top of the vehicle to start dispersing. The faster the vehicle travels the faster the snow or ice flies off.

You might think that’s a good thing. But if there’s a vehicle in back of you that is being hit by the snow or ice debris from your vehicle’s uncleared roof and it causes that driver to have an accident. You’re at fault.

This specifically is cause for concern when commercial vehicles (big delivery trucks and tractor trailers) with large roofs have snow and ice covering them. Cars, trucks and motorcycles who are following these uncleared snow covered behemoth vehicles are in danger of being hit with unexpected chunks of snow and ice.

So let’s go back to the example above where maybe you were in a hurry to get to work and didn’t adequately remove the snow from your vehicle. Can you see the problem? If you were to drive your vehicle with snow still on the roof and that snow blowing off your vehicle caused someone to crash…that’s negligence. … Same as if you’re hauling something that is not secured and it detaches and causes a crash.

At the Law Offices Of David W Holub, we concentrate in personal injury and wrongful death cases, and focus a large part of our work in the area of car, truck (semi-tractor trailer), motorcycle and bicycle accidents. We handle all claims for injuries connected with automobile collisions, car-truck crashes, semi-truck to semi-truck crashes, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents.

If you have been in any kind of a car accident caused by the negligence of someone else, and were injured or sustained property damage in a car crash in Merrillville, Crown Point, Gary, Hammond, Highland, Portage, Valparaiso, or in Lake or Porter County, or any part of northwest Indiana contact our firm for help. We put our experience and resources to work for car crash injury victims throughout northwest Indiana with one object in mind: to maximize your compensation.

Call us today at (219)736-9700. For additional information on what you need to do if involved in an accident caused by a negligent driver visit our Motor Vehicle Accidents Page at

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