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Archives for: October 30th, 2015

The dangers of drunk driving in Massachusetts

The NHTSA has partnered with the Ad Council to create a public service announcement aimed at combating underage drinking as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week. In a first for the two organizations, the commercial was filed entirely on an iPhone and compares drunk driving to committing the “ultimate party foul”. However, while it is easy to forget about a spilled drink at a party, drunk driving can have long lasting consequences.

Facts about red light running crashes

Many of the car crashes that take place in Massachusetts happen at intersections when drivers fail to stop at a red light. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 762 people died in red light running accidents across the United States in 2008. In addition to the fatalities, about 165,000 people are injured in red light running accidents each year.

Autonomous vehicles and liabilty

With news of autonomous cars making headlines, many Massachusetts residents may be wondering when they will get their first glimpse of a self-driving vehicle on their public roads. However, others may be wondering what happens should that care become involved in a crash. In normal crashes, the driver who caused the accident would be responsible. However, since autonomous cars rely on computers and sensors and not drivers, determining fault can be more difficult.

Risk of death from car accidents high

While all people in Massachusetts will eventually die, they of course have a strong interest in doing so due to old age rather than to an accident. While the state shows one of the lowest rates of death due to motor vehicle accidents, these incidents till account for a significant cause of fatalities.

Man sues after 16-pound pine cone causes brain injury

Massachusetts landowners may want to take heed of a lawsuit that was recently filed in a California federal court. A man is suing the federal government and other entities for an incident that took place in a San Francisco park owned and maintained by the federal government.

8 injured after SUV drives through crowd at car auction

On Oct. 9, a runaway BMW SUV suddenly accelerated across the floor of a warehouse during an ADESA Boston vehicle auction at a Western Avenue facility in Framingham, Massachusetts. As the vehicle sped up, bystanders were running for safety, and eight of them were injured as it plowed through the crowd. Afterward, the SUV crashed through an interior cinder block wall.

Fatal car accident in Massachusetts

A fatal motor vehicle accident caused by an alleged intoxicated driver took place in Shelburne, Massachusetts, On Oct. 2. The crash is being investigated by the Shelburne Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and other law enforcement personnel.

Prosecutors decline to charge Caitlyn Jenner in fatal crash

Massachusetts readers may be interested to learn that California prosecutors announced on Oct. 1 that they will not charge Caitlyn Jenner in connection with a fatal car accident in February. However, a civil suit is still pending over the incident.

Fast & Furious star dies in crash; daughter sues Porsche

Many Massachusetts movie fans were saddened when actor Paul Walker died in a car crash in California on Nov. 30, 2013. Walker was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT when it crashed and burned, killing him and his racing partner who was driving the vehicle. Now the late actor’s daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche.