Ice on State Route 26 near Marietta, Ohio, led to a crash that destroyed two vehicles and put four people in the hospital.
No one is entirely sure what caused water to cover the highway near the Broughton Foods plant, but the frigid temperatures in the area quickly turned the water into ice on Dec. 18. Before salt trucks were able to reach the section of the road that posed a danger, a man driving a Ford Ranger had already hit the ice and spun out.
According to the Ranger's driver, a 19-year-old man, he simply overcorrected when he started to spin. That caused his vehicle to cross the center line and end up in a head-on collision with a Kia Sedona traveling toward town.
The woman driving the Kia and the Ranger's driver were two of the victims that had to be transported to a nearby hospital. Their passengers were also hospitalized. It's unclear how serious their injuries may be, but at least one victim had to be flown to a larger hospital in Columbus in order to receive adequate care.
We just recently reminded our readers that it pays to be cautious on winter roads when it's snowing -- but ice is another hazard that can occur even in the absence of snow. Ice on the road can be particularly dangerous because it can be almost invisible. Drivers may have no idea they've hit a patch until they start to spin.
A lot of serious accidents occur simply because drivers do overcorrect -- and panic -- when their vehicle begins to spin on ice. If you hit ice on the road, take your foot off the gas and gently steer toward the shoulder of the road. Don't make a sharp movement with the wheel. Otherwise, the momentum of your vehicle will likely carry you straight into the oncoming lane -- just like what happened to the young driver in the accident mentioned here.
If you've been injured due to another driver's rash reaction on the ice, you may be entitled to ask for compensation for your injuries. That may be the only real way to recover financially from your losses.