An early morning automobile accident in New Bedford, Massachusetts, resulted in the untimely death of a 22-year-old passenger. The driver, a 19-year-old girl, survived with only minor injuries.
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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.
Despite years of nation-wide enforcement against drinking and driving, car accidents and injuries caused by impaired driving remain a substantial burden on society. Massachusetts, like the rest of the country, shares in the social costs that result when drunk drivers cause car collisions and serious injuries.
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.
Although rollover accidents account for only 3 percent of all serious accidents, they account for 30 percent of fatal crashes making them especially serious. People in Massachusetts may be surprised to learn that despite the inherent risks, the federal government has no performance standards in place to regulate manufacturers regarding rollover safety.
It is not uncommon for many Massachusetts residents to suffer spinal injuries after a wreck or accident has occurred. The spinal cord contains the nerves that run from a person’s body to the brain. A spinal injury can be very serious, as it may cause the affected person permanent paralysis and resulting disability.
Brockton police reported that a 26-year-old woman whose car was allegedly struck by a drunk driver on Oct. 22 succumbed to her injuries on Oct. 24 around 11:00 a.m. The accident happened at night on East Ashland Street.
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.
An accident involving three vehicles occurred in New Salem on Sept. 22, officials stated. Multiple people suffered injuries on account of the wreck, which transpired on Route 202 at approximately 1:25 p.m.