Last Updated on August 5, 2023 by Ahmed Khan
Every season of the year, including the winter when driving is impacted by snow and ice, and the summer when rain can reduce visibility can contribute to car accidents in Toledo. Many people believe that because there was bad weather during the accident, no one was to blame, and there was no way to file a case.
Despite the fact that lousy weather frequently contributes to accidents, particularly during Ohio’s colder months, it is essential to understand that many incidents that occur when the weather is severe are still the fault of another entity. If you wish to be able to launch a lawsuit to get financial compensation after a weather-related collision, determining culpability will be essential.
Maintenance of vehicles carelessly
It is advisable to get your car serviced in preparation for winter driving. A mechanic may be held responsible for a collision caused by the weather if they carelessly maintain a vehicle.
Inclement weather frequently leads to crashes caused by negligent drivers.
In Ohio, many weather-related traffic accidents involve the irresponsibility of another motorist. It is not acceptable for a careless motorist to drive aggressively or negligently simply because the weather is terrible. The same activities that can lead to a driver being held accountable for an accident that occurs in adverse weather include driving while inebriated, distracted, sleepy, or aggressive.
It is also crucial to understand that drivers have a duty of care to other road users and that this duty of care demands that all users act like a rational person would in the same situation. A sensible driver would reduce their speed to much less than the posted limit when the weather is poor. In addition, a prudent driver would maintain a wider following distance from the vehicle in front of them to prevent collisions if they brake on slippery roads. As a result, even if drivers are following traffic regulations or the official speed limit while driving in poor weather, they may still be held responsible for an accident if their speed or other driving habits contributed to it.
Property owners may be responsible for collisions caused by weather.
Sometimes unreasonably dangerous conditions on the road or in the car park where the collision happens can contribute to weather-related accidents. Consider a situation where severe road destruction has gone unfixed for a long time and is now concealed by snow or ice. The state or municipality may be held accountable for the accident if the deteriorated road contributes to a collision while snowing or sleeting.