A lot of attention, and well-deserved, is and should be paid to drivers that are distracted. More and more states, including Massachusetts, outlaw and consistently campaign heavily against texting and driving. This is due to the fact that the amount of auto accidents caused by drivers who are distracted by texting is and continues to […]
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Several years ago, I represented a biker in his early 30’s traveling down Main Street in Hyannis on a Busa, past the downtown area heading towards Cape Cod Hospital. Suddenly and without warning, a car pulled out of a parking space and attempted a U-turn in front of the man on the motorcycle. Fortunately, there […]
Massachusetts drivers may be interested in some information about their legal options when they are involved in a crash that is not their fault. Depending on the actions of their insurance companies, they may need to retain their own legal counsel in order to get compensation.
Authorities reported on an apparent single-vehicle auto accident that seriously injured three men in New Bedford. The occupants had to be transported from the scene for medical treatment, but further information regarding their conditions had not been included in available reports.
According to a recent study, most Massachusetts teenagers may know that texting and driving might increase the risk of becoming involved in a car accident. However, they may not know that there are other activities that might cause them to become distracted. According to the results of the study, released on March 18, some teenagers may change their clothing, put on makeup or even do their homework while operating a vehicle.
Most Massachusetts motorists understand that driving a vehicle with underinflated or bald tires can compromise handling and increase the chances of a collision. However, they may not be aware that the risks of losing control or being involved in an accident may be significantly higher even when tires still have half of their tread remaining. The scope of the problem was highlighted by tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that found potentially dangerous tires on almost half of the 11,500 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks they examined.
Distracted driving occurs in all 50 states, including Massachusetts. Any time a driver does anything that takes their attention off the road and safely piloting the vehicle, distracted driving occurs. Some examples of such behavior include tuning a radio, reading or responding to a text message, talking on a cell phone, applying makeup, and eating or drinking. Distracted driving is one of the most prevalent causes of auto accidents and results in thousands of injuries nationally each year.
Following a car accident, many Massachusetts residents may experience a number of injuries, including whiplash. Whiplash most commonly happens to people whose stationary vehicle has been rear-ended by another vehicle. The force of such an impact can cause the victim’s upper and lower neck bones to move past their normal range of motion. While the upper neck bones move one way, the lower neck bones move another way, resulting in the victim’s cervical spine becoming S-shaped.
A Massachusetts man was charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed an elderly pedestrian. His charges, which include motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, were upgraded after the investigation concluded.
Motor vehicle accidents continue to be a problem in both Massachusetts and the U.S. at large. Each year, tens of thousands of people are injured or killed on the nation’s roadways due to negligent, reckless and careless driving. Drunk driving accidents continue to occur despite increased enforcement and stricter laws.