Can You Get a Ticket When Your Car Slides on Ice?

Winter weather often leads to accidents that are beyond the fault of any of the drivers involved, and it’s fairly common for law enforcement to take that into account when weighing whether to give a ticket at the scene of an accident. That means many people find themselves getting a lot of benefit of the doubt, but it doesn’t change the fact that in at-fault insurance states, someone is still liable for the accident. Whether there’s a ticket issued or not, insurers will look at accident reports and other evidence to determine who is on the hook for the costs associated with the crash. In some situations, though, the police do issue tickets, which greatly simplify claims related to sliding on ice.

Too Fast for Conditions

If a citation is issued to either party in an accident, it’s usually driving too fast for conditions. This is the go-to justification for writing a ticket for reckless driving, failure to stop, or other related citations. It’s less likely to happen when weather is more severe, and extenuating circumstances like ice that causes vehicles to stop almost completely before drifting forward uncontrollably do reduce the likelihood of a ticket being involved, but technically any accident that is related to ice can be attributed to that vague cause, driving too fast for conditions. When it comes to fighting those tickets, the question is often whether the driver could possibly know conditions were bad enough that their precautions were still too fast for them.