Deadly Black Ice on Maine Roadways
Black ice brought traffic to a standstill on the Maine turnpike Sunday evening. During the daylight hours, the roads remained relatively safe. But between 5 and 5:30 pm, the sun began to set and conditions changed drastically. Around 5 pm, a tractor- trailer jack knifed across the northbound lanes of traffic, between Falmouth and Gray, forcing Maine emergency responders to shut down several northbound lanes of traffic. The Maine Turnpike Authority also reported multiple motor vehicle accidents in the northbound lanes.
This winter driving scenario highlights the importance of understanding the dangers of winter driving in Maine, especially when black ice becomes a factor on roadway surfaces.
Maine winters are known the world over for their breathtaking beauty. They bring to mind images of pristine winter woods, sparkling snow and cozy nights snuggled by the fire.
Maine Winters – Beautiful, but Challenging for Drivers
But as the weather gets colder and the nights longer, Maine residents must also remember the treacherous side of Old Man Winter, and prepare themselves for winter driving on Maine’s ice and snow covered roads and highways.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys know that winter driving in Maine can be extremely risky. We want our residents to stay safe and avoid car accidents, so we’ve prepared some information and tips to help you stay safe this winter.