Every year, hundreds of people suffer serious injury or death in auto accidents on icy roads. Many presume that because the crash occurred as a result of an act of God, they cannot seek compensation for their injuries or the death of a loved one. However, a driver is required to exercise due care behind the wheel, including taking into consideration the weather and road conditions. Hence, a driver who is traveling too fast, tailgating, or panics and hits the brakes too hard, resulting in an accident, can be held liable.
A 2012 Mitsubishi Galant hit an icy patch on an I-35 overpass near Oklahoma City, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, according to the Oklahoma Highway Department. The vehicle slammed into a cable barrier before being struck by a tractor-trailer. Two passengers in the Galant died in the crash, one at the scene and the other at the hospital. Two other passengers were also transported to the hospital, one in serious and one in critical condition. The drivers were not injured.
The accident remains under investigation. If the driver of the Galant was speeding or negligent in any way, he could be held liable. If it is found that the truck driver had ample time to react, he and his employer could also be held accountable.