I slid on the ice at 8:45 in the morning, but the ice had accumulated overnight and not that morning. I also was not excessively speeding as I had to slow down to let another car pass just to pull in. As soon as I did, I immediately started sliding. I don't have all wheel drive so I couldn't stop and the brakes did nothing.
Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
It sounds like you should contact a local attorney for further evaluation. Businesses in general have a responsibility to ensure that their property and establishments are free from any hazards that could impede the functionality or safety of their patrons.
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Personal Injury Lawyer
Sorry to hear about this. A bad way to start your day. It sounds like the accident happened on a public street. If this was something that happened in Wisconsin I'd say that the laws that relate to the maintenance of streets and public areas are such that there is probably no ability to recover from the municipality for improper maintenance/salting of the roads. If the accident happened on private property you should talk to a local attorney about whether there are any local codes/laws that state that a business owner needs to salt/remove ice and snow within a certain number of hours. If the damage to your vehicle is more than your deductible you may want to submit the claim to your auto insurance and ask them if they believe it is worthwhile to attempt to get "paid back" by the gas station or whoever they believe may be at fault. Good luck.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
Not likely. This would be considered a hazard caused by natural accumulation of ice and snow, and therefore, the gas station would have no liability. Ohio is probably tougher on this issue than California.
Personal Injury Lawyer
I agree with the other attorneys. It is unlikely.
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