The winter months can be treacherous for drivers in Massachusetts and many other states that experience icy and snowy conditions. This is partially because snow and ice on the road can reduce traction while snow or freezing rain can make it harder to see where you’re going. In some cases, inadequate vehicle maintenance can make a trip more difficult than it needs to be.
The road may be hiding something
It only takes a thin layer of snow or ice to turn a road into a skating rink and potentially lead to a motor vehicle accident. In some cases, you may not even realize that a surface is slick until after you drive over it. Black ice occurs when a thin layer of rain or snow freezes on the highway and is obscured by the color of the asphalt it is blanketing. This is why it is generally a good idea to drive at or below the posted speed limit when traveling on roads that aren’t treated.
Weather conditions can change quickly
It’s not uncommon for snow or ice to start falling from the sky with little or no warning. Even after a storm ends, you may still need to contend with slush or salt pelting your vehicle that can reduce visibility while traveling to work or school. Ideally, you’ll have your car’s tires, battery and windshield wipers checked or replaced to maximize visibility and overall safety while driving during periods of inclement weather.
If you are involved in a crash caused by poor weather or road conditions, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses if it was caused by another motorist who failed to take the proper precautions.