Eastern Mass has seen its first couple of snowfalls this season, and while there haven’t yet been any big storms, it’s likely that this winter will bring a few. Boston sees about twenty-two days with snowfall in an average winter, and, in the last fifteen years, we’ve only had one winter without at least one storm that dropped six inches or more.
The last couple of winters have been relatively mild, but it wasn’t long ago—the winter of 2014-2015—that eastern Massachusetts saw record snowfall of over 110 inches (that’s more than nine feet of snow). A typical Boston winter only brings about forty-four inches.
Hitting the road in poor weather demands caution, especially when snow or ice are involved (or more dangerous events, like last weekend’s freezing rain). Drivers should always reduce speed, give themselves more time and distance for braking, and try to minimize sudden changes in speed and direction.
Slick roads can be far more treacherous than they appear, and it pays to be extra careful. In fact, if you can avoid driving during a storm, that’s the best strategy.
Consider the safety of others, too. After the storm earlier this month, plenty of drivers went out with snow and ice still on their vehicle roofs. That’s a mistake. A woman in Lancaster had her windshield smashed and lost her side mirror when a three-foot-long chunk of ice flew from the roof of a passing tractor-trailer and hit her car.
Fortunately, she and her passenger suffered only superficial injuries, and she was able to pull over safely. The truck, however, kept driving and was not identified.
There’s no law on the books in Massachusetts specifically covering snow and ice removal, but police can write you a $200 ticket for either failure to secure load or negligent operation. Some of our neighbors take this issue more seriously: In New Hampshire, the same mistake will cost you at least $250 if you’re ticketed and could run up to $1,000 for a second offense.
New Hampshire’s law was passed in 2001 after a huge chunk of ice flew from a truck and killed a twenty-year-old woman in Peterborough.
No car crash is ever fun, and when you get caught up in one in bad weather, it can quickly turn into a nightmare. The victims of all crashes, regardless of the specific conditions, deserve full compensation for all damage and injuries that weren’t their fault. That’s where a good attorney comes into the picture.
When you’ve been the victim of a motor vehicle accident, get in touch with the experienced team at Joel H. Schwartz, PC. We know how to approach car accident cases of all kinds and have helped hundreds of clients receive favorable compensation. Give us a call today at 1-800-660-2270 or fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.