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After the Snow, Drivers still Avoiding Hazards

car insurance snowSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Because of a state-wide travel ban, most cars were off the road during the height of the snow storm.

But leftover accumulation can still cause problems for drivers.

Much of that melting snow will freeze overnight and if you hit a patch of black ice and rear-end another driver, insurance agents say you’ll be liable and likely see a surcharge on your policy.

As for those giant piles of snow — getting around them is your responsibility, as well.

“You have to be very cautious when you’re pulling out,” says Dave Matthews of Sullivan, Keating & Moran Insurance. “If you pull out in front of somebody else and they had the right of way, you’ll probably get a surcharge — if you don’t get killed.

Matthews adds, “You’re going to have damage to your car and damage to the other property and you’re going to probably be held responsible for that.”

The same thing applies if a snow bank creeps into your lane. It’s your responsibility to safely change lanes.