Winter Storm Caused One Death, Many Accidents Throughout Boston
Posted on behalf of Janet, Jenner & Suggs on Feb 15, 2017 in Car Accident
Last week's ice storm created treacherous driving conditions throughout the Greater Boston area.
On Wednesday morning, a 63-year-old man from Needham, Massachusetts, was struck and killed by a car that was sliding over ice on the road. He had exited his vehicle to help his son, whose car was stuck on the ice.
The winter storm also caused a chain reaction on Route 128, leading to a 55-vehicle accident. The mass pileup closed the roadway for several hours, with approximately 30 vehicles being towed from the accident scene in Wakefield.
In Cambridge, the storm caused 22 automobile crashes. Fortunately, there were no injuries.
In light of the recent severe winter weather, Massachusetts police agencies are warning drivers to take precautions when driving to avoid accidents:
- Prepare your vehicle before departing - Clear all windows and mirrors of ice and snow to provide an unobstructed view of the road and other vehicles. Make sure your tires are fully inflated and fluids are filled up. Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle in case of a breakdown or delay, including warm clothes, blankets, food and water, an ice scraper, jumper cables, a flashlight, and medication.
- Reduce your speed - Slide-offs are often caused by speeding and traveling at speeds exceeding what is safe for current weather conditions.
- Increase distance between vehicles - Winter conditions make stopping difficult. You should increase the distance between your car and the cars around you to provide ample room to stop to avoid a collision.
- Buckle up - Everyone in the vehicle needs to wear a seat belt. Young children should be strapped into an appropriate carseat.
If you suffer an injury in a winter car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, turn to Janet, Jenner & Suggs's Boston car accident attorneys for help recovering the compensation you deserve. We offer a free legal consultation and do not charge attorney's fees unless your claim has a favorable result.