Harsh weather, poor driving conditions, and increased risk of contracting contagious illnesses make winter a challenging time for many. This winter, our West Virginia personal injury attorneys want you to keep a few best practices in mind to prevent some of the most common winter injuries.

Snow and Ice Hazards

Snow and ice accumulation can cause serious injuries in some circumstances. Private and commercial property owners must remove snow and ice accumulation on their properties in accordance with state and local laws. For example, many local governments throughout the United States require all residents to shovel snow from their sidewalks within the first 24 hours of a snowstorm ending. This helps prevent injuries to neighbors, pedestrians, and mail carriers who could potentially suffer slip and fall injuries.

Snow and ice can also pose problems for vehicles. It is important to always clear all of the snow and ice off of your vehicle before driving. If you leave a large chunk of snow or ice on top of your vehicle and it dislodges while driving, it may cause an accident with the drivers behind you. It is also possible for snow and ice to fall off of a vehicle, a low-hanging roof or overhang, or other structure and cause injuries to the people below.

Winter Travel Tips

If you plan to visit friends and family over the winter, expect more traffic congestion than usual. High congestion always leads to more accidents across the country. Numerous other factors that increase the risk of traffic accidents during the winter exist.

  • Drivers traveling through unfamiliar areas are more likely to get into accidents. When traveling to a new area, take time to research your route carefully before leaving. If possible, ask a passenger to navigate for you.
  • Snow and ice on the roads are major hazards. Drive with extra caution and leave more distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you than you would during ideal driving conditions. Snow and ice can cause tires to lose traction and most vehicles require more stopping distance on winter roads.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle with everything you may need in case of an accident or if you become stranded in severe weather.
  • Have a mechanic check your vehicle before the winter and perform any necessary preventative maintenance you may need for the colder months. You may also want to invest in a set of snow tires depending on where you drive.

If you fail to take proper care of your vehicle and cause an accident this winter, you will likely face liability for the resulting damages. Similarly, if someone else causes an accident with your vehicle, consult a West Virginia car accident attorney to determine if you have grounds for a civil claim to recover your damages.

Preventing Winter Illness

Winter is the height of flu season, which generally lasts from October until May each year. A flu shot can increase your resistance to the different flu strains in your area. Investigate your available options and consider the flu shot if you are worried about the flu this winter. Other contagious diseases are also very common during the winter months. Wash your hands frequently with warm water and antibacterial soap to prevent contracting communicable illnesses in your environment. Consider wearing disposable facemasks when walking in public or when riding public transportation vehicles like buses and subway trains.

Many Americans also rely on their home heating systems during the winter, and these devices can be carbon monoxide hazards. Have a professional check your home’s heating system and consider installing carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home.

If any other party causes an injury to you or a loved one this winter, consult with an attorney. It is possible to recover medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering compensation from a personal injury claim.

Attorney Timothy Manchin established the Manchin Injury Law Group in 2011 after his law partner of more than 25 years became a West Virginia circuit court judge. His focus is on helping individual clients and entire families victimized by negligent acts.

  • Taylor Downs was easy to talk to (I do not speak the legal language well!) and was very upfront and honest about the entire process of my case. He kept me updated as the case progressed, and answered my relentless questions. The end result was a favorable settlement that I’m not sure could have been any better with anyone else. In short, go see Taylor if you have a case. Don’t be intimidated to go seek his help, he won’t blow your brains out with “legal speak”.


  • Being referred to Taylor was the best thing I could have asked for. Taylor and staff are very easy to talk to. I would highly recommend them to anyone.


  • If I ever have to go through it again I would definetly call Taylor right away. The group was so helpful through my situation and handled everything that needed to be done. They made a stressful situation a stress free situation. With Taylor you dont have to worry about one thing. Definietly would recomend to anyone.

    - TAYLOR G.

  • Efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly.


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Manchin Injury Law Group, Took care of me when I got into a car accident while I was pregnant. Very scary moment for a first time mom but thankfully Manchin Injury Law Group had my back and treated me great. They made me feel as if I was part of their family. My son is now 7 Months Old and very happy and healthy. I’m very thankful for them for helping me through everything and getting me what we deserved. I 100% would recommend them to anyone. If I ever have an accident again they will be my number 1 phone call!


  • The support given helped me to feel like I was included in my personal injury case every step of the way. I was informed about the entire process throughout. It was amazing how quick the turn around time was and I would definitely recommend Attorney Timothy J. Manchin to anyone!


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  • Excellent experience dealing with Manchin Injury Law. They were very responsive, professional and easy to talk to. I did my homework before I hired a lawyer after my accident and I am so glad I found Manchin Injury Law Group. If you are injured, give them a call!


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Kelly and Taylor did all the hard work so that I didn’t have to. They both cared about my circumstance and got me a nice settlement. Taylor knows what he is doing and I felt comfortable with my case in his hands.


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  • My experience at the Manchin Injury Law Group was extremely positive, and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a compassionate and experienced lawyer on their side.


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