As winter weather takes hold in Ontario, drivers are expected to adjust accordingly to avoid car accidents. That means slowing down in snowy and icy conditions and ensuring that one’s vehicle is properly maintained and ready for the cold. In fact, not removing snow and ice from your car prior to getting on the road can threaten your safety and the safety of others.
The Ottawa Sun recently reported two winter-related mishaps that could easily have resulted in serious injury. In both incidents, large chunks of ice or snow became dislodged from moving cars, flew off and hit the windshields of other cars. Driving is a privilege and it must be taken seriously.
One driver, who happens to be a local radio personality, said the collision with the sheet of ice knocked her rear-view mirror all the way into the back seat. She also said glass shards from the window fell onto her hands and into the car.
The ice in that instance, which occurred on Highway 417, reportedly came from the top of a truck that was ahead of the car.
Ottawa police sent out a tweet with a picture of another vehicle damaged by flying ice. That car also had a smashed windshield.
While the fine for not clearing ice and snow from a vehicle is $105, the potential consequences are far worse, perhaps especially on highways with vehicles travelling at high rates of speed.
Drivers throughout Ontario should understand the risks posed by not taking the proper precautions during the winter months.
To learn more about what to do after an injurious motor vehicle collision of any kind, please visit our Ottawa car accident overview.
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