After a Lambton County law enforcement officers cruiser was struck in Sarnia Tuesday morning, officers are reminding motorists that driving too fast for conditions is dangerous particularly during the winter months.
Ontario Provincial Police say that the accident happened while emergency crews were responding to another accident, late Tuesday morning on March 3. The first collision happened around Confederation Line on Highway 40. An officer in a marked vehicle activated its lights to warn drivers of the crash ahead, when that vehicle was struck by a passing pickup truck.
In both cases, the damage was reportedly minimal and no injuries were reported. No one involved in the accidents has been charged at this point. Officials are continuing to investigate the crashes, but in the meantime it is important that drivers keep the dangers of reckless driving at the forefront of their minds.
Staying Safe on the Road During Ontarios Winter Months
Being cautious when the roads are slick or rain is falling is not optional when youre a driver, its mandatory. During our winters, which can be harsh, ice on the roads and poor visibility will inevitably lead to accidents.
Drive according to visibility and leave extra room between vehicles...
It is critical that you do not rubberneck if you are not involved in an accident. In the case of the OPP collision, it is very likely that the other drivers were distracted by the weather and the commotion that the crash created. Keep your eyes on the road and drive as slow as necessary for conditions to prevent a winter-weather auto accident.
Driving slowly is not the always the answer, however. Driving too slowly can be a crash risk as other drivers get frustrated and speed up to pass. Drive according to visibility and leave extra room between vehicles to account for slowed reaction time or slippery road conditions.
Call a Lawyer if Youre Hit in a Winter Weather Accident
Accidents are bound to happen, but they don't have to. If you were struck because a driver was behaving negligently or driving too fast for conditions, you have the right to file a claim for compensation.
Greg Monforton & Partners offers free case evaluations for auto accident victims. Contact us today to discuss your legal options.