It was a bad week for travelers on Interstate 90 in Ohio. First, there was the 31-car accident on Christmas Eve. Then, there were two different semi-trailer accidents on the very same stretch of road just two days later. This resulted in closed lanes on the interstate and potentially some very unhappy holiday travelers.
Both accidents occurred around 8 p.m. near the exit for Ohio Route 44. According to the Lake County Sheriff's office, one accident was the result of a single jackknifed semi-trailer truck, but the other involved more vehicles. In the larger accident, three semis and two cars crashed, which resulted in multiple injuries requiring medical treatment. Injuries ranged from a broken pelvis to a broken ankle. The truck accident shut down the eastbound lanes near the exit for a few hours, as well as a single westbound lane.
Drivers reported that icy roads and whiteout conditions led to the accidents. Others wondered whether construction barriers dividing lanes along the interstate were to blame. Although the roads did have snow on them, investigators believe that speed was the greater culprit rather than weather or the construction project near the scene of the accident.
It's no easy feat driving through winter conditions, but truck drivers are still responsible for driving with reasonable care, given the circumstances. Winter weather may require traveling at reduced speeds or allowing extra distance between cars. If a truck driver speeds or drives recklessly on snowy or icy roads and causes an accident, the driver may be liable for any resulting injuries or damages. Victims injured in a truck accident may be able to recover compensation from a negligent driver to help pay for hospital bills and recovery.
Source: Cleveland.com, "Multi-vehicle crash on I-90 reported in same stretch of 31-car pileup, highway closed," Adam Ferrise, Dec. 27, 2013