Theresa Suprenant, 22, sustained fatal injuries in a New Bedford car crash over the weekend when the vehicle in which she was a passenger, a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, struck a guardrail and rolled over. Suprenant was ejected from the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, a 19-year-old woman, had swerved to avoid striking snow in the roadway. The Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit are among those investigating. No charges have been filed.
The New Bedford rollover crash is not the only Massachusetts traffic accident to occur in part because of winter weather or snow on the road. According to ABC6.com, the snow on Thursday caused numerous collisions throughout New England, including 36 in New Bedford alone. Several cars were also involved in a Cranston auto accident.
If you or someone you love was seriously involved in a Massachusetts car crash over the last couple of weeks during this period of bad weather, and you believe that a negligent driver or another party was at fault, you should contact our Boston auto collision lawyers right away. Motorists are responsible for exercising extra caution when driving in snow, rain, and under icy conditions. Roads should also be properly cleared by the responsible entities to make sure they are safe for drivers.
When driving in winter weather a motorist should:
- Avoid distractions, including talking on the cell phone, texting
- Keep the gas tank at least half full to prevent gas line freeze up
- Not use cruise control on slippery surfaces
- Keep tires properly inflated
- Avoid mixing radial tiers with other kinds of tires
- Try not to use the parking brake
- Ensure the vehicle is properly maintained
- Decelerate and accelerate slowly
- Drive slowly
- Increase following distance
- Be careful when braking
- Try not to power up when driving up a hill
Our Boston car crash lawyers at Altman & Altman would like to offer you a free case consultation.
1 Killed, 1 Injured in Rollover Crash in New Bedford, Massachusetts, NECN, March 1, 2015
36 accidents within 3 hours in New Bedford, multi-car crash in Cranston, ABC6News.com, March 5, 2015
Massachusetts State Police investigating accident in New Bedford, MassLive, March 1, 2015
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