Category: Car Accidents
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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.
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.
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.
In states like Massachusetts, someone who owns a vehicle might not have to directly cause an accident to face penalties for the outcome. One rule known as the Family Car Doctrine, for instance, holds parents legally liable for any damage caused by minors who drive their vehicles. This rule can be applied regardless of whether the at-fault driver was insured by the family. In other cases, car owners may face penalties for accidents that occur after they permit individuals who are known to be dangerous drivers to operate their vehicles.
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.
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.