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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