Nowadays many Massachusetts take to the outdoors to enjoy the sun, warmth, and scents of spring. Though several of these individuals run, walk, or ride a bike on or near the roadways motorists owe them a duty of care to keep them safe from harm. This not only means refraining from acting negligently in ways such as speeding, driving while intoxicated, or driving while texting, but also taking certain actions, like yielding the right of way, that ensure pedestrian safety.
Accidents happen all the time on Massachusetts' roads. Sometimes these wrecks are unavoidable, such as when there is ice on the road. In a vast number of crashes, though, one of the drivers involved in the accident is to blame. Drivers may be inattentive, drunk, or tired behind the wheel, which puts everyone on the road around them in danger. A car accident caused by a negligent driver can take unsuspecting motorists by surprised and can leave several with injuries and families mourning lost lives.
With the arrival of spring, many Massachusetts residents may find themselves outside more often. Unfortunately, whether one is riding a bike, waking, or jogging, he or she may unknowingly be at risk of being hit by a motor vehicle. Sadly, too many of Massachusetts' drivers are negligent behind the wheel, and when these individuals cause a pedestrian-car accident, the injuries can be severe.
Unfortunately, drunk drivers can be on Massachusetts' roads at any time. These drivers can also be anybody. Mothers, workers and teens can all be drunk behind the wheel, posing serious hazards to other motorists. With the existence of these factors comes the sad reality that motorists often cannot tell who is driving intoxicated until it is too late and a car accident has occurred. When this happens, accident victims should take the steps necessary to recover their damages and to hold the negligent drivers who harmed them accountable.
Car accidents can happen at any time, taking unsuspecting individuals by surprise. This happened recently in Boston when a man pumping gas was pinned between his car and a post after another car hit his vehicle. The victim was stuck for about 10 minutes before he was freed. He was taken to the hospital with serious leg injuries. The errant driver claimed the accident was a mistake as she meant to hit the brake pedal, but instead pushed the gas.
This blog often discusses serious car wrecks that leave individuals with a serious injury or dead. While these accidents are certainly worth discussing and those involved in such crashes should act on their legal rights, even seemingly minor accidents can give rise to significant harm and legal action. It is important for Massachusetts residents to know what they can do when they are injured in a car accident.
Massachusetts' pedestrians have the right of way when they cross the street within a crosswalk. With this in mind, motorists must be on the lookout for these individuals, as they are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries should an accident occur. Not having the protection of helmets, seatbelts or airbags, these pedestrians often end up with brain injuries or worse, dead.
Unfortunately, not even the safest drivers are immune from the dangers imposed by a drunk or otherwise negligent driver. These errant motorists place all at risk through their behavior, and can leave several injured or killed in their wake. When this happens, those affected should take note of their legal rights.
There is good news and bad news for Massachusetts motorists. The good news is traffic fatalities dropped in 2012. The bad news is numbers have climbed nationwide and still too many are killed each year in Massachusetts' accidents.
Driving in Massachusetts can be dangerous. Individuals who text and drive, drink and drive, or disobey traffic laws can place other motorists at risk of serious harm or even death. Fortunately, laws implemented in 2006 and 2007 and directed at teenagers have had a positive effect by reducing the number of accidents involving teen drivers. In fact, the number of Massachusetts accidents involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers dropped from 12,673 in 2006 to 6,400 last year.