We all know how Massachusetts winters can be. We haven’t been hit with a lot of snow yet, but the forecast shows a winter storm with plenty of snow and freezing temperatures is on its way. The snow and ice on the roads and highways are popular factors that contribute to car crashes. These winter conditions can be very dangerous. Just today a 55 vehicle pileup in Wakefield on Route 128 involving cars, trucks, and tractor-trailers was reported. This crash and several others were caused by the very icy roads. It was reported, however, that approximately 8 people were transported to hospitals with only minor injuries.
Not all people involved in winter accidents are so lucky. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 1,300 people die and 116,800 people are injured every year in car accidents because of snow, slush, or ice on the pavement. It is also reported that 15% of these car crashes happen while snow or sleet is falling.
Driving during the winter months in Massachusetts can be extremely hazardous. Great caution and care are needed when driving in the winter. When an accident is caused because of someone’s failure to exercise reasonable care while driving in snow and ice, they can be held negligent and legally accountable for injuries they cause. Both being from Massachusetts and specializing in personal injury cases, Chuck Pappas and Joe Mahaney are all too familiar with our winters and how accidents happen in the snow and ice. They are experienced winter weather car accident attorneys that help injured victims get the compensation they deserve.
Two common car accidents in the winter are rear-end collisions and sliding through intersections. Rear-end and intersection collisions can cause serious injuries. Both types of accidents are caused when someone fails to brake with enough time to stop or was driving at too high of a speed. The most common injuries after these types of car crashes are whiplash, back injuries, and head injuries. A whiplash is a term that describes a neck injury. A whiplash can result in joint dysfunction in the spine and could possibly lead to limited range of movement and severe pain. Common back injuries suffered in a car accident include herniated discs, bulging discs, and soft tissue sprains. Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and concussions, are also common after a car accident. A head injury can be caused by an airbag deploying, hitting your head or face against the steering wheel, or by hitting your head or face on the window of the car.
It is important to remember to drive safely during the winter. Keeping a safe distance behind cars and driving at low speeds can help you keep your car in control. In the event you are in an accident don't forget our 3 Most Important Tips. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a car accident, it is very important to speak with a personal injury lawyer. Mahaney & Pappas, LLP offer free meetings to those injured in accidents to evaluate their case. Feel free to call us at (508) 879-3500 or contact us online if you have been injured in an accident so we can review your case and answer your questions. Be safe.