Navigating Ontario's Winter Roads: Safety Tips and Legal Insights

Navigating Ontario's Winter Roads: Safety Tips and Legal Insights

As the snow blankets Ontario’s roads, it’s a call for heightened vigilance and preparedness, especially from motor vehicle drivers. Winter driving brings numerous hazards, from icy roads to reduced visibility. Statistics show a spike in road accidents, often due to factors like black ice, snow accumulation, and less daylight, during winter months.


If you're involved in a winter driving accident, it's crucial to understand your rights and responsibilities.


Essential Winter Driving Tips

  1. Vehicle Readiness: Install winter tires, check your battery, ensure your lights and brakes are in optimal condition, and clear off ice and snow from your vehicle.
  2. Slow Down: Reduce your speed and allow more time to reach your destination.
  3. Increase Following Distance: Slippery roads mean longer stopping distances. Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you.
  4. Avoid Sudden Moves: Sudden turns or brakes can lead to skidding. Gentle manoeuvres are key in maintaining control of your vehicle.
  5. Stay Alert: Avoid distractions like using your phone or eating while driving.

Factors like failing to clear snow from a vehicle, not using winter tires, or reckless driving can influence liability in legal claims arising from such accidents.


What Should I Do?


After ensuring your safety, you should obtain insurance information of other driver(s) involved in the accident. If you are able, you should also take photos/videos of all the vehicles involved, gather witness information, and note the conditions of the road and weather.

In Ontario, drivers must have auto insurance. While contacting your insurance company promptly is a crucial step after an accident, understanding the nuances of your policy is equally important. Being well-informed can help you make the most of your insurance coverage and avoid surprises during the claim process.

At Sokoloff, we understand the emotional and physical toll an accident can cause. We can help you navigate the complexities of your claim, from dealing with insurance companies to seeking compensation for your injuries and losses, so you can focus on your recovery. We never charge for a consultation, so Don’t Put It Off, Call Sokoloff!