Boston Weather-Related Car Accident Attorneys
Legal Guidance for People Hurt in Weather Related Traffic Crashes
Weather can affect driving conditions in Boston throughout the year, and particularly in the winter months, which tend to be snowy and very cold. Roads can be snow packed and icy or develop patches of black ice that are difficult for drivers to see. Snow plowing can cause potholes in the road. Rainy days in April, May, and June can lead to hydroplaning accidents, when the wheels lose traction, and the driver loses control of the vehicle.
What Types of Accidents Can Happen in Bad Weather?
Snow, ice, or water on the road can lead to loss of traction. When a car goes into a slide or a spin, it can:
- Slide off the road and roll down an embankment
- Sideswipe another vehicle
- Slam into a guardrail, tree, or other stationary object
- Crash into the vehicle ahead
- Start a chain reaction multi-vehicle pileup
What Types of Injuries Are Caused by Weather-Related Crashes?
Weather-related collisions can cause a wide variety of injuries, ranging from minor to fatal. Common car accident injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Knee injuries, including meniscus tears
- Fractured legs, arms, ankles, wrists, and ribs
- Disfiguring facial injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Head trauma and brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Shoulder injuries
- Crush injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Lacerations, contusions, and abrasions
Can Other Drivers Be Liable for Collisions in Inclement Weather?
Drivers owe a duty of care to others on public roadways to operate their vehicles safely and responsibly. In weather that affects driving conditions, they have a duty to adjust their driving accordingly. Regardless of the posted speed limit, drivers have a duty to slow down and drive with particular caution in a snowstorm, when the roads are snow packed or icy, when black ice is on the roads, and when rainfall increases the risk of hydroplaning. Drivers who fail to adjust their driving to weather conditions may be held liable for resulting car accidents and injuries.
How Can You Avoid a Weather Related Accident?
Keep up with the weather forecast in the Boston area so you know what conditions to expect on the roads. For example:
- If it rains and the temperature drops below freezing, watch out for black ice.
- If rain has left puddles in the streets, be aware of the risk of hydroplaning, reduce your speed, and brake gradually when approaching stop signs or intersections.
- Reduce your speed significantly on snowy or icy roads.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly in winter driving conditions.
- Leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and the one ahead.
- Turn your lights on if visibility is poor during daylight hours. If visibility is poor, pull over if possible until it clears.
- Pack an emergency kit with food, water, blankets, a flashlight, and other emergency items in case you are stranded in a storm.
- Avoid driving in bad weather conditions altogether, if possible.
How Can a Lawyer Help After a Weather Related Accident?
If a negligent driver caused your crash and injuries, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the at-fault driver. The insurance company may try to minimize your damages or deny your claim altogether. Our Boston personal injury lawyer at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. can evaluate your accident, secure evidence to support your claim, assess your damages, negotiate skillfully with the insurance company on your behalf, and take your case to court if necessary to recover the compensation you deserve.
We offer a free consultation. Call us at (617) 870-0907 to find out how we can help after a weather related crash with serious injuries.