The snowy season has truly arrived here in Ohio and with it comes the arrival of our state's snowplows. Like all other drivers, snowplow operators have a responsibility to drive safely and follow all traffic laws. Snowplows, however, are heavy and often operated in inclement weather; operators, therefore, need to be even more careful and observant while driving on Ohio's roads. Failure to spot another vehicle or to maintain a lane could result in a serious collision.
This was the case in a recent car accident in Cincinnati, where a snowplow collided with a car carrying two teenagers. The incident occurred at the intersection of Boudinot Avenue and Daytona Avenue. Cincinnati police say the snowplow operator stopped at a stop sign, then traveled through the intersection when she did not have the right of way. The snowplow struck another vehicle, a car driven by a 16-year-old male. The teenager's 15-year-old girlfriend was in the passenger seat.
The collision caused significant injuries to both occupants. One had to cut out of the vehicle; both were hospitalized. Initial reports had it that the teenagers' injuries were severe to life-threatening, though later reports from the hospital upgraded both to "stable condition."
Snowplows are high visibility vehicles; operators may sometimes feel as though other drivers should work around them. Snowplows still need to obey traffic laws, however, just like every other vehicle.
Collisions like the one in Cincinnati can lead to significant long-term injuries and the heavy medical bills that come with them. Often, those who have been injured in a car accident choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party as a way to offset these significant expenses.
Source: WCPO-TV, "Police: 2 teens hurt when snowplow collides with car on Daytona Avenue in Westwood" Amy Wadas and Casey Weldon, Dec. 07, 2013