The headlines read: Ice and snow blamed for fatal accident.
This is one of those little things that will drive a personal injury lawyer to distraction. The precision of the English language being what it is [and isn't] when there is a logical inconsistency I tend to perseverate about better word choices. This is one of those cases. So on the Lombardi Law Firm blog I wrote:
Many know how headlines like this drive me crazy because of how misleading they can be. Snow and ice don’t cause accidents; drivers do. Drivers who fail to slow down and drive according to the conditions and how that affects maintaining control of their car, truck or motorcycle.
So when a crash occurs like the one reported from Albia, Iowa where a 19-year-old was killed by the car he was a passenger in, sliding sideways, crossing the center line and crashing into the oncoming car; I immediately think, it isn’t the snow and ice that should be blamed but the driver who was probably driving too fast for the conditions.
We remain vigilant on this war of words that instill or attempt to adopt new concepts of fault that relieve those who are responsible from being held responsible. If we want our children to be responsible then we must also hold to firm lines of responsibility for our own conduct.