Now that winter is upon us in the Cincinnati area, many have had the pleasure of driving in winter conditions. Snow is often a part of winter here and driving can be treacherous. Drivers need to understand how important it is to drive safe when weather is a factor to avoid a car accident, but there are also certain things drivers need to do because it is the law.
Our state requires drivers to remove snow and ice from their windows, license plates, tail lights and headlights. Drivers also need to understand how dangerous it can be to drive around with snow accumulation on the roof of their car. This snow needs to be removed as well.
Although many drivers may clear off just enough ice and snow so that they can see the road, removing all snow and ice from the car is important in reducing hazards for the driver and all other cars he meets on the road. The snow can come off in chunks and land on other vehicles. If this happens here and causes an accident, the driver can be held responsible for their negligence.
Winter weather often brings headaches for Ohio drivers. Roads can be a mess and are often slippery and dangerous. Drivers who do not take the time to clear snow from their vehicles may be contributing additional hazards.
If negligence is suspected, compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages. It is illegal to cause unsafe driving conditions for others and these drivers need to be held responsible.