It is a parent's worst nightmare to be told that their child has been involved in an accident. Unfortunately, that is what happened to the parents of 34 middle school children in Newtown recently.
Most Massachusetts residents know that operating a vehicle is a big responsibility. That is why extra precautions should be taken to avoid distractions and allow a driver to focus on the task at hand - arriving safely to one's destination. Teenagers in particular can have an especially difficult time comprehending the risks associated with driving. Unfortunately, they are frequently involved in very serious car accidents.
Massachusetts residents may be interested to learn of a recent horrific accident that killed a popular former middle school teacher of the town of Middleboro. According to reports, the police have now charged the 20-year-old driver that struck the 61-year-old former teacher with vehicle homicide. The criminal charge stems from the allegation that the 20-year-old was driving while intoxicated when the car accident occurred.
Massachusetts residents may be interested to learn of a recently released study which shows an alarming trend with respect to teenage drivers. The study, which examines statistics from each state, compared the rate of deaths among drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 for the first six months of 2012 as compared to the first six months of 2011.
Recently, a tour bus filled with teenagers and their chaperones crashed into a Boston overpass that was too low for its safe passage through. The roof of the bus was compromised as a result of the collision. Over 35 individuals were injured as a result of the horrific accident.
Recently, a jury in the Berkshire Superior Court found a Pittsfield man guilty in a case of vehicular homicide. According to reports, the 54-year-old crossed the middle line of a road and struck an oncoming car head-on. The car accident claimed the life of a 25-year-old man and also left a woman with serious injuries.
Head-on car collisions can be catastrophic and deadly. Many head-on collisions are caused by drunk drivers. Recently, two drivers that were involved in a car accident in Worcester are fortunate to have escaped with their lives; however, they have both reportedly suffered serious injuries.
Our Burlington area readers know that, unfortunately, car crashes can occur any day of the year, even on Christmas. Recently, two brothers were involved in a car accident with another vehicle at Barre Road and Old Boston Turnpike. According to reports, the two brothers, ages 23 and 17, were traveling in a pickup truck when they collided at the intersection with a Lincoln Town Car. The 84-year-old driver of the Lincoln Town Car was issued a citation for failing to stop at a stop sign, and the driver and an 84-year-old passenger in his vehicle were taken to the hospital following the crash. Their condition is not immediately known.
Massachusetts residents know that although the holidays typically bring cheer and cause for celebration, unfortunately, tragedy can strike at any time. Recently, a horrific car accident occurred when a Ford F150 pickup truck and a Mitsubishi Montero Sport were involved in a head-on collision on South Street in Fitchburg.
Massachusetts residents have likely noticed an increase in the number of bicycle drivers on the roads in recent years. For a number of reasons-including the rising costs of fuel, an increasing consensus of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and a growing awareness of the need to curb the use of fossil fuels, more and more people are turning to their bicycles as an alternative form of transportation. Although this is certainly a positive trend in many respects, it has unfortunately led to more car accidents involving bicyclists. As bicyclists are relatively unprotected, they can suffer very serious, and sometimes catastrophic, injuries when they are involved in a car crash.