are a number of weather and street conditions that can contribute to your risks of being involved in a car accident in Massachusetts. According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report, you are required to report the condition of the weather and the road during the accident. You can report if the weather/roads were, dry, wet, snowy, icy, sandy, muddy, dirty, oily, slushy, foggy, windy or any other condition.
Our Boston car accident attorneys would like to remind motorists to adjust their driving habits according to the weather conditions. As we head into fall and eventually into winter, weather conditions can make driving rather difficult. When these conditions are poor, your risks for being involved in an accident increase.
The time or day also has an impact on your safety and your risks of a car accident. The accident report also leaves a section for you to check off the light conditions; daylight, dawn, dusk, dark, etc.
Poor weather conditions can contribute to accidents that normal weather would typically not cause. Because of the number of storms that we’ve already experienced this year, many residents cannot afford to take any more days off of work and will make the trek through any ad all dangerous weather conditions.
“Police continue to respond to numerous spinouts, disabled motor vehicles and minor crashes caused by the weather,” said the Massachusetts State Police.
As the temperature drops, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety offers drivers these reminders:
-Get enough sleep and avoid driving while drowsy.
-Never attempt to warm up your car in a garage or any other enclosed area.
-Make sure that your tired are properly inflated. Underinflated tires increase your risks of an accident on our roadways.
-Never combine radial tires with any other type of tire on your vehicle. Make sure that all four tires are the same and are properly fitted for your car.
-Always keep your gas tank half full so that you’re less likely to experience gas line freeze-up.
-Try not to use your parking brake in snowy, cold or rainy weather.
-Never use cruise control when you’re navigating along a slippery surface, whether it be icy, snowy or sandy.
-Always buckle up when your drive, regardless of how short your trip may be.
-Keep an eye on the local weather reports.
-Make sure to have a safety kit in your vehicle that includes gloves, hats, food, water, a cell phone and blankets.
-If you’ve broken down, tie a brightly colors piece of cloth to eh top of your vehicle’s antenna to help to alert motorists and to signal distress. Keep the dome light on in your vehicle if possible. This light only uses a tiny bit of electricity and will help emergency response personnel so find you.
-Always make sure that your exhaust pipe is clear of any snow.
Severe weather is both frightening and dangerous. Drivers are urged to review these rules and consider creating a safety plan to deal with a roadside emergency. Practice extreme caution when driving in shoddy weather conditions.
If you, a loved one or a family member has been injured in a Boston car accident in poor weather conditions, contact Boston Injury Attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.
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