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Weather appears to be a factor in recent OH Turnpike crashes

As most people in northern states are aware, winter is one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive. This is particularly true in Ohio, where freezing temperatures and devastating snow or ice storms combine with heavy traffic and slippery road conditions. Not surprisingly, the results can be deadly.

In a recent example, authorities reported numerous accidents on the Ohio Turnpike that snarled traffic for several hours. It was unknown whether there were injuries, as well as which factors contributed to the crashes. However, a video that was attached to the news article showed snowy conditions and wet roads, which might have created dangerous conditions on the highway.

Wet pavement, black ice and reduced visibility can contribute to some of the most dangerous weather-related road conditions in any season. It is important for people to adjust how they drive if there is adverse weather. Slowing down and giving other vehicles room may significantly reduce a driver’s chances of getting in an accident. Drivers should also look out for trucks and other large vehicles, which may have difficulty maneuvering or coming to a stop on slippery roads.

Unfortunately, many people do not lower their speed or give others consideration in adverse weather. Some drivers become impatient when others attempt to drive safely in bad weather, and may act out aggressively or try to speed around vehicles as if the roads are clear and dry. Those who are in an accident when another person fails to drive safely for the current conditions may wish to seek compensation for their injuries.

Source: Fox 8 Cleveland, "Portion of Ohio Turnpike reopens after ‘multiple crashes’ cleared," Lindsay Buckingham, Dec. 30, 2017

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