If you or a loved one has been injured in a snow and ice accident, call 617-787-3700 today to speak with one of our expert snow and ice injury attorneys. At the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates, we have more than twenty-five years of experience assisting injured Massachusetts victims like you!

The Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates is a team of expert Boston, Massachusetts attorneys.  Most of our personal injury lawyers grew up in Massachusetts, or have lived here for much of their professional careers.  Our dedicated attorneys know New England winters!  We understand that for at least four to five months every year, Massachusetts streets, sidewalks and roadways become more dangerous with slippery snow and ice.  This snow and ice makes driving and walking more difficult than ever.  And when states, companies or individuals fail to properly clear snow and ice from public ways, the conditions become even more dangerous.

Snow and Ice Slip and Fall Injuries

Statistics show that nearly 80% of all slip and fall injuries are due to snow and ice.  When businesses and homeowners fail to properly clear and treat snow and ice on their property, sidewalks, parking lots and stairs can become extremely slippery.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, people aged 65 and older are far more likely to suffer a slip and fall than any other age group.  This makes winter months particularly dangerous for elderly Massachusetts residents.

Injuries resulting from a slip and fall can range in severity.  Most often, slips and falls on snow and ice result in no injuries at all.  We are able to stand up, brush off the snow and continue with our day.  In more severe cases, however, the injuries can be far more damaging.  Too often, injuries include broken bones, bruising, back pain and even, in the most severe cases, wrongful death.  Because a lot of snow and ice is difficult to see and thus impossible to avoid, the best way to address these dangerous conditions is to prevent them.

Prevention is the focus of several Massachusetts laws relating to snow and ice related slips and falls.  Massachusetts law provides that cities and towns may create their own bylaws relative to snow and ice on buildings and sidewalks; but generally, the law requires that property owners must remove snow and ice creating an unreasonable hazard within a reasonable time after a storm.  A property owner who fails to remove hazardous snow and ice may be deemed to be negligent and can then be held liable for a victim’s slip and fall injuries.  Our expert Boston attorney specialists stay up to date on all changes to the applicable state and federal laws so we can use the laws of Massachusetts to the fullest advantage of our snow and ice injury clients. 

Snow and Ice Related Automobile Accidents

Snow and ice can also cause hazards on Massachusetts roadways.  Generally speaking, drivers on the road have a duty to other drivers to operate their vehicles with a reasonable degree of care.  When winter conditions increase hazards on the highway, drivers are expected to adjust their driving to accommodate the more dangerous conditions.  This means driving slower, avoiding tailgating, and taking stops and turns with a higher level of care.

Much like slip and fall accidents, the injuries resulting from winter-related car accidents can vary in severity.  Some injuries include cuts and bruises, back and neck injuries or soft tissue damage.  Other more severe accidents can cause life-altering and debilitating injuries, including broken bones, paralysis or even wrongful death.  Hiring an expert Boston slip and fall injury lawyer can help.

Between 2008 and 2010, an Icy Road Safety website collected data relating to snow and ice related car accidents.  Data was collected through daily monitoring and searching of online news feeds nationwide—such that only news-reported accidents are accounted for in the study.  On average, the study found that 467 fatalities occurred per year because of winter-related accidents.  Of course, this number is thought to underestimate the true statistics, as it only considers fatal crashes that were reported on the news and through news media.  Many more do not receive news coverage.

Our Boston Snow and Ice Accident Attorney Specialists Are Available 24/7

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should call our dedicated Massachusetts attorney advocates today for a free consultation.  We will work with you every step of the way to ensure you are up to date with your case and receive the medical attention you need.  Our skilled attorney professionals strive to deliver top-notch legal representation and client service.  Please call today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com Your needs are our top priority!

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Alaska Receives Heavy Snow And Ice Overnight Leading To Multiple Motor Vehicle Accidents.

Although all drivers should be paying close attention while driving, no matter what the road conditions are, there are times they need to be even more attentive. In the winter months, extra attention needs to be taken because a combination of snow and ice and high rates of speeds can lead to even more car accidents when proper attention isn’t being paid. If you are a victim of an accident involving snow and ice, you should turn to one of the experienced Boston car accident personal injury lawyers or expert snow and ice injury attorneys at our Boston, Massachusetts law firm to help guide you through the process.

Lee County, Alaska received more than 2.5 inches of accumulated snow and ice between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. This prompted the Lee County Emergency Management Agency to send out a warning that all roads in the county were deemed impassable, and citizens should avoid driving until they were clear. Nevertheless, law enforcement officers and emergency crews across the area ended up responding to multiple motor vehicle accidents throughout the day Wednesday.

Most of the accidents were because people were driving too fast, and would run off the road getting stuck in ditches, or strike an object, because of the icy snow covered roads. The heavily-traveled U.S. 280 highway between Opelika, Alaska and Phenix City, Alaska saw much of the action. At one point, a transport truck jack-knifed and blocked traffic in both directions for most of the morning. U.S. 280 West near mile marker 99 was blocked temporarily due to another 18-wheel transport truck being stuck.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a snow and ice related motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to monetary damages for your physical injuries, as well as any emotional trauma and financial hardship caused by the accident.  Please contact one of our expert car accident personal injury lawyers or our experienced truck accident attorneys right away at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com. An expert attorney will be available 24/7 for a free and confidential consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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First Real Snow Of The Season Results In Several Motor Vehicle Accidents In Pennsylvania.

One of the many highlights of living in the northern, part of the country is that, during the winters, you get plenty of snow and can participate in all the activities that come along with it. Many Northerners are able to go outside and enjoy a nice day of skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and ice skating unlike those who live in the south. However, there are risks associated with these winter months. The biggest of them all can be driving; snow and ice are responsible for many car accidents each year.  If you are a victim of an accident involving snow and ice, you should turn to one of the experienced Boston car accident personal injury lawyers or expert snow and ice injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to help guide you through the process.

This past weekend, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a combination of light snow and bitter cold temperatures caused slippery road conditions which led to several multi-vehicle accidents and speed restrictions throughout the region. State police responded to at least 15 accidents on Saturday morning alone. There was a crash involving an eight-passenger car and three commercial vehicles in the eastbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Morgantown, Pennsylvania and Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and were taken to a nearby hospital.

Earlier Saturday, an accident involving multiple vehicles occurred on I-76 westbound in Gulph Mills, Pennsylvania between Exit 331A and Exit 330.  A similar multi-vehicle crash occurred on I-76 westbound in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania resulting in all lanes closing. The crashes left drivers stuck for hours.  Officials say at least ten people were hurt in the motor vehicle accidents though none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a snow and ice related car accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your physical injuries, as well as any emotional trauma and financial hardship caused by the accident.  Please contact one of our expert Boston car accident personal injury lawyers or our expert snow and ice attorneys right away at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com. An expert attorney will be here 24/7 for you to learn more about your legal options in a free and confidential consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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