Oechsle v. Hart

12 Ohio St.2d 29, 231 N.E.2d 306 (1967)

Oechsle was severely hurt when he was struck by Hart’s car, which skidded left of center on a patch of ice into Oechsle’s lane. The trial court held that skidding on the ice was a “sudden emergency” that excused Hart for driving on the wrong side of the road and allowed the jury to return a verdict for Hart.

The Supreme Court of Ohio reversed, holding that a driver has a duty to maintain control over their car no matter what the weather conditions are. Therefore, skidding on ice is not a legal exclude for colliding with others left of center, in the rear, etc.