Massachusetts drivers may want to learn more about new research that indicates even a two-second glance away from the roadway could increase the risk of a crash. The study was released by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in April to coincide with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
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Massachusetts residents who have been jarred awake by roadway rumble strips will likely appreciate how quickly fatigue can catch up with a driver. Data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that drowsy driving accidents often occur at highway speeds and involve vehicles with a single occupant. Many people believe that simple steps such as opening a window to get some fresh air can help to keep drivers awake, but studies have found that getting some sleep is the only reliable way to prevent a drowsy driving crash.
Far too many car accidents take place in Massachusetts and around the country each year. Drivers and passengers, however, may take simple preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of suffering serious personal injuries in the event one does occur.
A serious traffic accident in Canton on Dec. 4 left four people with injuries. Authorities reported that the incident involved two vehicles and took place in the northbound lanes of Route 95 near exit 11.
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.
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.
Authorities in Massachusetts believe that a driver committed a traffic violation which led to a multi-vehicle accident in Longmeadow on August 20. The crash injured two drivers, and one of them suffered serious injuries.
Nine people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Massachusetts on Aug. 10. Charges have not yet been filed, but both Leominster and Lancaster police are investigating the accident.
A representative for the Massachusetts State Police said that three people were injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident in Chicopee during the morning hours of July 26. The driver who was involved was arrested and faces various charges in the car accident.