The wintry road conditions have contributed to several car, truck and pedestrian accidents this month across Ontario. Snow and ice on the roads have caused many drivers to lose control of their vehicles, resulting in motor vehicle accidents.
It all started on the first day of the year when sudden snow squalls caused a series of motor vehicles accidents on Highway 401 through the Kingston corridor.
Fatal Accident Near Whitby, Ontario
On January 11, a 3 year old tragically died as a result of a single-car crash in rural Milton, which is approximately an hour away from Kingston, Ontario. The girl was in an SUV with her mother, who was driving the car. The mother lost control of the vehicle which went into a ditch and struck a hydro pole.
According to reports, the road was covered with blowing snow which appeared to be a factor that contributed to the accident.
Serious Car Crash in Ottawa
On January 16, 2015, a female passenger suffered a leg injury and had to be extricated from the car after a serious crash on Prince of Wales Drive (Ottawa Road #73) in Ottawa. The man driving the car slid into a ditch. The road was slippery and blowing snow was again, a factor contributing to the accident. Fortunately, the driver was not injured.
Though slick and slippery road conditions may be a contributing factor in many car or truck accidents in Ontario, drivers may still be responsible for the injuries and damages they caused. Drivers cannot blame the road conditions and get a free pass. Wintry road conditions require drivers to be even more alert and cautious when they are driving.
They should not be speeding and following too closely to the cars ahead.
For instance, a driver cannot say that he is not responsible for a rear-end accident due to slick roads when he was tailgating the car ahead. The driver needed to leave enough distance between his car and the car ahead to avoid a car accident. If the driver was not tailgating, there would likely not have been a car accident even though the roads were slick.
Help After an Ontario Car or Truck Accident
If you were injured in an Ontario car accident this winter, you have legal rights. Call the lawyers at Bergeron Clifford to schedule a FREE consultation. 1-866-384-5886
- www.thespec.com (Girl, 3, dead after crash in Milton)
- www.ottawasun.com (Blowing snow creates havoc with south Ottawa