Massachusetts residents may have heard about the accident that led to the deaths of four college students in Seattle that occurred on Sept 24. The students were on a bus headed to an orientation when a crash involving two other vehicles and a tourist duck boat took place.
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Fog is often a major factor in multi-car crashes in Massachusetts. In November 2014, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety issued a report on accidents resulting from this type of weather condition, and used as its basis cases where visibility was limited to less than 5/8 of a mile.
Motorcycle crashes in Massachusetts are some of the most deadly accidents that can occur on the roadways. Because a motorcycle does not protect its rider in the same way that a car protects its driver, a motorcyclist is much more vulnerable to sustaining serious injuries in a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, over 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in the death of the motorcyclist.
Emergency medical services personnel in Massachusetts are extremely well trained and have some of the best equipment available at their disposal, but they are not always able to identify all of the injuries suffered in road traffic accidents. Serious injuries do not always present immediate symptoms, and they are sometimes only discovered after CT scans, MRIs or X-rays are performed. While the diagnostic equipment used by paramedics at accident scenes is highly sophisticated, it is not able to perform this kind of testing.
Massachusetts motorists may be interested to learn that following a series of nationwide criminal convictions in connection with fatal vehicle accidents, a number of drivers have been exonerated as it has been revealed that there was a fault in the General Motors vehicle involved. Furthermore, the company was aware of the defect for around 10 years before going public with the information and issuing a recall.
As students return to their studies at Boston University in Massachusetts, they can expect to face a variety of situations and challenges. One of the most important issues can be campus safety. Students living on campus or attending evening classes can be particularly at risk for dealing with sexual misconduct or assault, making it important to understand the university’s approach to preventing incidents. Further, knowing how to obtain counseling and support is important for any students who are sexually assaulted on university grounds.
Massachusetts residents might benefit from understanding more about the most common causes of electrical fires. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that more than 28,500 electrical fires occur in the country each year, resulting in approximately 1,100 injuries and over 300 fatalities annually. Due to the increased use of lights and heating appliances, December and January are the typically the months with the highest number of electrical fires.
Wrong-way accidents can occur for various reasons on Massachusetts roads, and they can be quite devastating due to the impact of two vehicles moving in opposite directions. Statistics for such instances can vary from one state to another, but in most cases, head-on accidents in which drivers have entered divided areas with limited access are many times more likely to be fatal than accidents involving vehicles traveling in the same direction.