Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) had a busy morning Wednesday after heavy snow left slick roads. Police responded to more than 20 collisions during the morning rush-hour commute between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.
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Two School Bus Accidents Raise Questions
Two school bus accidents were among the many collisions police responded to Wednesday.
According to reports, one bus carrying 17 students slid off the road into a ditch on Concession Road 14 near Walker Side Road in Essex. No one was injured in the incident and the children were transported to school in another bus.
A second collision occurred in Kingsville at Highway 3 and Division Road when a school bus was hit by another vehicle. OPP reported that the road was empty at the time of the collision and there were no injuries. The bus was empty except for the driver.
Although no one was injured in either school bus accident, many are questioning why the buses were even running, as other school bus operations in Eastern Ontario were cancelled due to the weather.
The company that provides the transportation has defended its decision to run the buses, stating that at the time the decision was made – at approximately 5:30 a.m. – there was little indication that the roads would be so slippery.
Winter Safety Reminders
The snow also prompted winter safety reminders from The City of Windsor, reminding drivers to slow down, use extra caution and take their time on the icy roads, especially when approaching intersections.
The City also noted that because the snow fell during rush hour, the work of snowplows on the main roads was slowed. Drivers were asked to be patient when travelling behind the plows and to give them plenty of room. Following too closely behind a snowplow can reduce visibility and puts vehicles at risk of being hit with snow and rocks. Passing a plow is not recommended.
Contact a Windsor Car Accident Lawyer
When road and weather conditions are poor, motorists have a legal duty to slow their speed and use extra caution to prevent causing an accident. If a driver is negligent and crashes into other vehicles, the driver could potentially be held liable for the resulting damage and injuries.
To learn more about your legal options after a winter accident, contact Greg Monforton & Partners. We provide free consultations and do not charge for handling your case unless we recover compensation for you.