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Car Accidents Spike after Recent Snow

AUTO REPAIRAGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s a fact of winter… as the roads get slick and slushy, car accidents tend to pile-up.

Langonet Auto Body and Frame tows for the town of Agawam. After Thursday’s snow storm, their garage is packed. About a dozen vehicles sit in various stages of repair. Some are missing bumpers, some doors, one truck has the rear quarter panel cut off, awaiting a new one to be welded into place.

Co-owner Peter Langone brought in many of the spun-out cars including a Jeep just this morning. The driver hit a patch of black ice that froze overnight. “The towing picks up instantly as soon as it starts to snow. The minute it starts coming down you’re pretty much going to get a call.”

John Gonet, Langone’s partner says most people think weather related accidents are typically pretty severe but in fact the vast majority that come through the shop are just fender-benders and can easily be fixed.

“We usually just change bumpers, headlights, fenders.  Anything of that nature front or back.”

Something else many people don’t realize – Gonet says winter isn’t typically their busiest time of year for auto body repair. He says things really pick up in the summer, especially during the month of August.