February 5, 2014 Snowfall results in multiple car accidents and injuries
Snow, blowing snow and adverse weather conditions are contributing to deteriorating driving conditions. The OPP is reportedly dealing with one car accident per minute at present and numerous injuries have been reported. Constable Clint Stibbe of the Toronto police traffic services division tweeted around 11 a.m. that drivers should consider staying off of the roads if possible.
The snowfall comes on top of a difficult winter for Toronto and Southern Ontario, filled with snow, ice and unusually cold temperatures.
Drivers must remember that bad weather does not excuse them from taking responsibility on the roads, it just means that they have to be even more careful on the roads. If a driver determines that with their specific car and their specific driving experience, it is not safe to be on the road, then they need to get off of the road. The weather in Canada should not be relied upon as an excuse for an accident.
It is true that police sometimes exercise their discretion not to charge a driver under the Highway Traffic Act if the weather is bad. But that does not mean that the driver can necessarily escape responsibility in a lawsuit for personal injury. The test in a personal injury lawsuit for car accident injuries is different than the test for charges under the Highway Traffic Act.
An article from the Toronto Star about the snowfall can be found here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/flight-delays-commuter-chaos-as-snowfall-hits-southern-ontario/article16705588/
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