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How to protect yourself when driving after a snow storm in Massachusetts

Safe winter driving requires careful planning, which includes maintaining your car, carrying an emergency kit in case you are stranded, and learning how to cope with different driving conditions, such as black ice or driving around snowplows. You have to learn how to drive in the snow if you want to survive life in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts driver’s manual understands that on snow and ice, cars behave differently than in snowy and icy conditions. It becomes more difficult to turn, and it takes more time to stop. Besides practicing in these situations, when driving in winter weather, there are also things a driver must consider:

  • Reduce Speed. 
  • Maintain distance between other cars. 
  • Stay away from plows so they can do their job
  • Bear in mind that certain roads can become icy while other roads remain ice-free, such as bridges.
  • Keep checking your tires, windshield wipers, and other fluid levels, your car is ready for winter driving.

Regrettably, when driving in bad weather, many drivers take risks. Some drivers behave like the roads are clear and dry instead of taking extra time, leaving extra space, and slowing down. This can contribute to severe injuries.  Car Accidents are a leading cause of injuries and deaths in Massachusetts. The very last thing you need after you’ve been injured in a car accident is more stress and problems to add to what you’ve been through enough. Whether a car accident was caused by a distracted driver or caused by black ice, snow, and bad weather, the injury, trauma, and damage to the car are all terrible enough. The hospital bills, missed time at work, pain, and suffering, and other costs and damages incurred by the collision can all be much worse than the accident itself. 

Safeguard yourself by Contacting a Team of Experienced Boston Personal Injury Attorneys Today

If you or your loved one got involved in a car accident in Boston, Cambridge, and Quincy, or anywhere else in Massachusetts, it is strongly recommended that you consult with our highly skilled car accident attorneys. At Bellotti Law Group our Boston car accident lawyers will help you recover considerable compensation for your injury and financial damages if you have been injured as a result of a car accident. 

Common Causes of Car Accidents in Massachusetts

Car Accidents can be caused by several reasons. Let’s take a look at some of the common causes of car accidents in Massachusetts:

    • Over speeding
    • Driving while intoxicated
    • Driving while fatigued or falling asleep at the wheel
    • Driving while texting
    • Car accidents caused by tailgating
    • Car Accidents caused by Snow and bad weather conditions

Accidents come along with winters. Not unexpectedly, icy, slippery roads lead to a rise in car accidents. When driving in icy conditions, slippery and unsafe surfaces on the road will cause your car to spin out of control. Give yourself as much time to get to where you need to be when the weather is extremely dangerous.

Car Accidents in the Snow and Bad Weather Conditions

The Massachusetts winters can be extreme. Much sooner, the sun goes down, temperatures fall and roads become slippery. These bad driving conditions can cause safety problems that lead to car accidents, and sometimes even death.

Drivers must carefully approach the road, especially as the weather begins to change and snow and ice begin to form. For vehicles of all kinds, including cars, bikes, motorcycles, buses, taxis, the ice-covered roadways present a challenge. An accident can easily involve drivers who do not proceed with caution.

Some of the major causes of Car Accidents in the Snow and Bad Weather conditions include:

  • Car Sliding or Skidding: Inclement weather makes for poor driving conditions. Roadways and highways can quickly become covered by black ice, which can cause tires to lose traction and serious injury to occur.
  • Distracted driving: Some drivers use bad judgment and during dangerous conditions will try to maneuver the road and cause an accident. There are also those drivers who get distracted, take their attention from the road, and cause an accident by mobile phones, food, or conversations.
  • Low visibility: Most car crashes occur because the driver is unable to see where they are trying to navigate. People in a hurry cannot clear their windshield of ice and try to drive with little to no visibility, potentially causing an accident.

Protect yourself when driving in bad weather conditions in Massachusetts

Safe winter driving requires careful planning, which includes maintaining your car, carrying an emergency kit in case you are stranded, and learning how to cope with different driving conditions, such as black ice or driving around snowplows. You have to learn how to drive in the snow if you want to survive life in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts driver’s manual understands that on snow and ice, cars behave differently than in snowy and icy conditions. It becomes more difficult to turn, and it takes more time to stop. Besides practicing in these situations, when driving in winter weather, there are also things a driver must consider:

  • Reduce Speed. 
  • Maintain distance between other cars. 
  • Stay away from plows so they can do their job
  • Bear in mind that certain roads can become icy while other roads remain ice-free, such as bridges.
  • Keep checking your tires, windshield wipers, and other fluid levels, your car is ready for winter driving.

Regrettably, when driving in bad weather, many drivers take risks. Some drivers behave like the roads are clear and dry instead of taking extra time, leaving extra space, and slowing down. This can contribute to severe injuries.

What Type Of Compensation Am I Entitled To?

Our car accident attorneys at Bellotti Law Group, P.C, understand how these accidents impact our clients and their families. We are committed to investigating your case on your behalf, educating you about your legal rights, and choosing a strategy that best suits your particular needs. As our team works tirelessly to get you financial recovery from your injuries, you and your doctor will focus on your health recovery. You may be entitled to compensation for all of your pain and suffering, lost income, and any potential loss of earnings as a result of your ice injury accident if you or a loved one is involved in a snow and ice car accident. 

Dealing with insurance companies

One of the ironic aspects of car accidents happening in winter weather is that there is often less damage to the cars than there would have been if there was no snow or ice. This is because it’s easier for the vehicle to slip because of an impact when a car’s tires are on snow or ice instead of the pavement. A bumper might not, therefore, be damaged at times.

Insurance companies then look at pictures of the damage and think that in what they think was a relatively minor accident; it’s unlikely for anyone to be injured. Even if they realize that the snow and ice will prevent damage to the vehicle, they may reject your argument, but it will not prevent injury to the passengers.

Statute of Limitations in Car Accidents 

Victims of personal injury claims, a category that involves car accidents, have three years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit, according to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 260 §2A after which a claim may be dismissed. 

Contact a Boston Car Accident Attorney 

Contact Bellotti Law Group, P.C. right away if you have been involved in a car accident. To get you the fairest settlement possible, our attorneys will talk to the insurance company on your behalf. We will help you file it and help in getting the full amount of compensation you’re entitled to if your case has a valid basis for a lawsuit.

 

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