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 email@example.com. Your needs are our top priority!