Fall Nor’easter Endangers Roadways

Drivers in the Bay State, still recovered from last week’s hurricane, endured a strong Nor’easter that wreaked havoc on the roads, resulting in flooded and icy conditions. The storm left a total of nine inches of snow in Massachusetts, although many places received a mixture of rain and snow. It also produced strong wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour on the Cape and Islands and up to 50 miles per hour in Boston. The extreme weather amounted to a perfect storm of dangerous road conditions. 

State police reported a number of spinouts and accidents on major roadways, which were compounded by heavy traffic delays. An accident that occurred Wednesday on Route 28 in Bourne resulted in the fatality of a Rhode Island man after his car hydroplaned and struck a utility pole. Bourne and State police responded to the crash, and it remains under investigation. 

Two others were killed on Connecticut highways as a result of the dangerous driving conditions.  One woman was killed when her car hit a tractor trailer in a head-on collision during the peak of the storm. In a separate accident, a woman was pronounced dead on the scene after her car rolled over. Although police are still investigating, the accident is believed to have been caused by slick roads from the storm. As in Massachusetts, State police in Connecticut reported a number of disabled vehicles and spinouts on major highways. 

After an already dangerous past few weeks for drivers in Massachusetts, between Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter, this appears to be only the beginning of what may be a very dangerous driving season. Massachusetts and New England in general are notorious for severe winter weather, and State police urge drivers to take caution on the roads to avoid injury.

If you or someone you know have been injured in a car accident, it is advisable to seek legal assistance in obtaining compensation for your injuries. If you would like to speak with an experienced injury attorney at Altman & Altman, LLP, please contact us at (617) 326-5332.

Victim of Bourne Crash may have Hydroplaned Boston.com, November 9, 2012

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