Winter Weather Car Accidents in Boston
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Due to Boston’s proximity to the ocean, many of the winter months
can be quite snowy. The inclement weather conditions increase the risks
of automobile accidents. Between 2002 and 2012 the
Federal Highway Administration estimated that falling snow and sleet caused over 211,000 crashes leaving
58,000 people injured. If you or a loved one has been involved in a winter weather
car accident, you may want to see legal counsel.
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Common Reasons for Winter Car Accidents
Sliding or Skidding: If a car hits a patch of slush or ice on the road, the driver may lose
control of some or all of the wheels and begin to slide. Anti-lock brake
systems have gained popularity as they assist drivers driving in cold,
icy areas by maintaining tractive contact with the road surface while
the driver brakes and preventing the wheels from locking up. Consult your
car manual to find out if your car has this feature.
Increased Braking Distance: During normal weather conditions, all drivers are obligated to maintain
a safe amount of distance from the car in front of them. Many drivers
do not realize that when driving in snow and/or ice, the space required
to maintain safe braking distance from the car in front increases. Many
accidents that occur during the winter months can be linked back to drivers
not leaving enough distance between themselves and another car. Under
normal conditions, you should maintain about 243 feet or about 16 car
lengths between you and another car. Under winter weather driving conditions,
that amount should be tripled which is about the length of two football fields.
Decreased Visibility: When driving in the snow, rain or sleet, it becomes difficult for drivers
to see. Limited visibility can definitely lead to car accidents. The important
thing to remember when driving in the rain is maintaining visibility.
Always make sure you can be seen and you are able to see. When driving in the rain, snow or sleet always turn on your headlights,
even if you’re driving during the day. It can become quite foggy
in the rain making it hard for other drivers to see you if you’re
not driving with headlights. Additionally, before leaving the house in
snowy or raining driving conditions, allow for enough time to clear your
windshield and back window of any snow or ice before beginning your journey.
Distracted Driving: Under normal conditions, distracted driving is one of the leading causes
of car accidents. When you combine that with the increased stopping distance
it takes when driving in the snow, distracted driving and winter weather
conditions become a recipe for disaster. Always maintain focus on driving
especially during the winter months.
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negligent motorist, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve. With a
consistent track record of success, you can be confident our personal injury attorneys can get you the best
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