Each year, many people are killed or injured in motor vehicle accidents in Massachusetts. While the number of fatalities around the country had been decreasing for some time, a report shows that the number of deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents increased in 2015.
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Massachusetts residents may have heard about the gun instructor in Arizona who was accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl. The 39-year-old man was helping the girl to fire an Uzi 9MM at the ‘Bullets and Burgers” gun range in August 2014. When the fully-automatic weapon recoiled during target practice, the gun instructor was hit in the head by a stray bullet.
Authorities say that on Aug. 18, a Massachusetts woman driving a Mercedes-Benz in downtown Boston struck three pedestrians, causing them to be pinned under her vehicle. Instead of attempting to help the victims, she fled from the scene.
Motorcyclists are not protected by seat belts or airbags and their machines have no crumple zones to absorb the energy of colliding vehicles. They often suffer catastrophic injuries after being struck by a car, truck or SUV, and studies show that a great many of these accidents are caused by distracted, reckless or impaired passenger vehicle drivers.
A 24-year-old woman in Massachusetts was pronounced dead on Aug. 4 after she was involved in a collision with a dump truck. The fatal crash happened in Deerfield while the woman was driving a Toyota pickup truck along Route 116. At around 12:30 p.m., there was a collision between the woman’s pickup truck and a dump truck filled with asphalt.
Massachusetts residents may have heard about Tesla’s Autopilot software, the autonomous technology that is supposed to help prevent accidents. Though the Autopilot feature on Tesla vehicles is designed to thwart collisions with other vehicles, there have been multiple news stories about incidents when the technology failed.
On any given day or night, there are a lot of sleep-deprived people driving around in Massachusetts. Though the behavior is dangerous, drowsy driving is often overlooked as a leading cause of fatal car accidents. A report has pointed out the dangers of drowsy driving, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided to include drowsy driving in its list of impaired driving causes alongside drugged, drunk and distracted driving.
A notorious stretch of Massachusetts highway was the scene of another serious traffic accident on Aug. 4. A 45-year-old woman was left fighting for her life when the SUV she was traveling in on Interstate 495 in Middlesex County was struck by a semi-tractor trailer. The driver of the SUV and two children were also injured in the crash, which took place in Littleton at about 3:00 p.m.
A report into the habits of teen drivers compiled by researchers at Liberty Mutual will likely make difficult reading for parents of teenage drivers in Massachusetts and around the country. Almost 70 percent of the teens polled told researchers that they routinely use the apps installed on their smartphones while behind the wheel, and only 6 percent felt that this was the most distracting form of driver behavior. The results of a study of drivers of all ages sponsored by the nonprofit National Safety Council was equally alarming. Almost three quarters of the drivers surveyed by the NSC said that they had no problem accessing Facebook while driving.
Business owners in Massachusetts and around the country are expected to take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of customers, vendors and others who enter their establishments. While workers who are injured due to an unsafe condition will generally seek compensation by filing a workers’ compensation claim, visitors who are harmed may file a premises liability lawsuit when this duty of care is not met.