In a large portion of the United States, road conditions can be treacherous in the winter months. Ohio is affected by extreme weather and dangerous road conditions for several months out of the year. When it is snowing, not only are cars, trucks, and SUVs on the road but it is also common to see snow plows out and about. Because of the weight of snow removal vehicles combined with the weather conditions, plow drivers should drive at a reasonable speed. However, that is not always the case.
Another potential hazard is ice and snow that falls off of a moving vehicle if the driver has not removed the snow and ice completely before they get on the road. If you combine that with the debris coming off of the snowplows, the situation can turn dangerous.
The potential for injury and vehicle damage
There are many times when a snow plow driver misjudges how fast they can drive in unsafe weather conditions. If this happens, the drivers of the other vehicles are often not certain about how to react no matter how quick their reflexes generally are behind the wheel. A driver will do whatever is necessary under those circumstances to avoid getting hit by other vehicles, by debris, and by stationary objects on the road. Unfortunately, swerving to avoid an accident with a snowplow can lead to a collision with a third vehicle.
In a heavily populated state such as Ohio, there are many vehicles on the road at any given time, which means that motor vehicle accidents are bound to occur. If you have experienced an accident on the road, it is probably wise to seek legal advice from a lawyer with expertise in motor vehicle accidents. If the snowplow is owned by the city, there are special considerations when taking legal actions against a government agency. An experienced lawyer can explain your legal options. Sound legal counsel can help you to come up with the best solution under your particular circumstances so that you get what you deserve and can look toward the future optimistically.