Unfortunately, regardless of weather, most of us must commute daily, driving to and from work in wintry weather and poor road conditions. Since 2009, Ontario has used performance-based contracts to govern agreements with private companies to perform much of the province’s winter road maintenance. In 2015, the Auditor General of Ontario released a report that showed clearing the roads after a storm takes twice as long as before 2009. Some of the private companies have been found to use fewer maintenance vehicles, less ice removal materials and are late in deploying maintenance vehicles to clear the roadways. Our roads are less safe as a result.
Who’s at Fault for Accidents on Poorly Maintained Roads?
One of the private road maintenance companies is under investigation for its failure to properly maintain the roads on New Year’s Day in 2016. The company’s negligence led to 22 car accidents and unsafe driving conditions. This is the third time in under two years that this road maintenance company is under investigation for failing to clear roads in a timely manner and not using enough materials to remove ice.
In the event improper winter road maintenance causes a motor vehicle accident, courts have found that municipalities can be held responsible for damages. The plaintiff must show that the accident’s cause is a result of the municipality’s failure to keep the roads clear and driveable in a reasonable amount of time.
Steps Drivers Should Take in the Event of a Winter Driving Accident
As a driver, you can’t control hazardous road conditions or poor road maintenance. However, you can take steps to ensure your safety and that of your passengers when you travel this winter.
Prepare your Car, Van, SUV, or Truck Properly for Winter Driving
Before winter’s cold and snow makes maintenance even more difficult, make sure your vehicle is ready for the driving conditions in your area.
Know What to do if You Have a Winter Car Accident
If you do have a winter driving accident, treat the scene like any other motor vehicle accident, but keep winter safety precautions in mind.
Once everyone is safe and warm, it’s time to consider seeking legal advice about the next steps you should take to deal with your winter driving accident. The legal experts at Mackesy Smye specialize in helping car accident victims get the compensation they deserve for winter auto accident injuries.
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