Although Spring beckons, national news sources recently reported a surge in death tolls related to winter storms across the United States. In Rhode Island, we are no stranger to snow storms and the state’s proximity to the ocean makes nor’easters and winter blizzards a common occurrence throughout the winter months. The freezing rain, heavy slush, snow, and ice result in treacherous road conditions. These weather conditions increase the likelihood of a Rhode Island car accident.
In some situations, a winter driving accident is an unavoidable consequence of dangerous roadways. However, drivers can, and should, adjust their driving habits to accommodate these conditions. Motorists should make sure to remove snow and ice from their vehicles before going out in bad weather. The failure to completely clear a car can result in dangerous snow and ice flying off of a car. Further, ice and snow on a car can decrease visibility, resulting in accidents. Moreover, vehicles traveling during these dangerous conditions should increase their braking distance as snow and ice can reduce a vehicle’s ability to adequately grip the pavement. As a Rhode Island car accident lawyer, David Tapalian sees numerous clients hurt each winter in snow and ice related crashes.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHA), reports that over a ten-year period inclement weather accounted for nearly 20% of weather-related collisions. These accidents resulted in serious injuries and fatalities. Last month, Rhode Island state troopers urged motorists to stay off the road after the state experienced 18 weather-related accidents in one day. Moreover, following the series of accidents, Rhode Island Governor Raimondo imposed a tractor-trailer ban until the roads were cleared.
Those that suffer injuries in a weather-related accident may be able to hold a negligent driver, property owner, or government agency responsible for their damages. Each city or town in Rhode Island maintains laws governing snow and ice removal. However, in many populous cities, the city is responsible for plowing public streets. Further, there are specific laws regarding a property owner or manager’s responsibility to clear paths and keep their property safe.
After a Rhode Island car accident, parties should contact 911 immediately and get medical assistance. Weather-related accidents can cause serious injuries such as brain damage, spinal cord injury, organ damage, burns, fractures, and paralysis. If possible, victims should collect the contact information of all parties and witnesses and take photos of the accident scene. It is important that injury victims speak with an attorney before engaging in settlement and claim discussions with an insurance company.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Rhode Island Accident?
If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries or died in a Rhode Island car accident, contact Tapalian Law. As a respected injury lawyer in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for over two decades, Attorney David Tapalian provides clients with respect, compassion, and diligent representation. We handle injury cases stemming from motor vehicle accidents, slip & falls, nursing home neglect and abuse, medical malpractice, and wrongful death, among others. We proudly serve communities throughout RI and MA, ensuring that injury victims receive zealous advocacy at every step of the process. Through our representation, Tapalian Law clients have recovered significant amounts of compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, and pain and suffering. Contact Tapalian Law’s main office in Providence at 401-552-5000, or use our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with Attorney Tapalian. Calling is free, and our personal injury firm works on a contingency basis, meaning you will not be responsible for any attorney fees unless we can help you recover the compensation you deserve. We also provide services at our satellite locations in Warwick, RI, and Seekonk, MA.