Recent car accidents in Vermont, remind us to use caution during the winter driving season

Two recent motor vehicle crashes in Vermont, serve as a reminder to all Vermont and New Hampshire drivers that road conditions can be very dangerous during the winter.

On December 31, 2008, two family members from Richmond, Vermont were seriously injured on Route 117 in Jericho. According to the Vermont State Police, Diana Hansen, age 24 lost control of her vehicle and collided with Katherine Buxton, age 17. Diana Hansen was accompanied by 2 year old Jane Hansen. They were both taken to Fletcher Allen Hospital for treatment. Although the accident remains under investigation, the Vermont State Police have indicated that the roadway was slippery at the time of the collision. You can click here to read the full Burlington Free Press article.

Similarly, on January 14, 2009 two men were seriously injured on Route 140 in Tinmouth, Vermont. According to Vermont State Police, driver Kevin Ballantine slid off the roadway, hit a snowbank, and started to roll. Nicholas Jones was a passenger in his vehicle. They were both taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. You can click here to read the full Burlington Free Press article.

If you are a passenger in a motor vehicle that is involved in a car accident due to negligent driving, you may have a personal injury claim. The driver of a motor vehicle has a duty to operate the motor vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner. This standard of care applies in dangerous, wintry weather conditions as well.

Winter drivers, remember to give yourself more time to get to your destination and drive with extra caution to avoid an accident.


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