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.
Many Massachusetts residents drive as safely as possible to avoid collisions. Yet, no matter how safe one drives, she cannot change the driving of others. This means a negligent driver can take a safe driver by surprise and cause a serious Car accident. These crashes often cause a debilitating, serious injury or death.
Many areas of Massachusetts are pedestrian dense, requiring drivers to be aware of crosswalks and people in intersections. Yet, even lower pedestrian dense areas require attentiveness. A lapse in attention can lead to a serious Car accident. A negligent driver or a distracted driver can slam into a pedestrian and cause serious injury or death. One of these accidents occurred recently in Springfield.
When people think of car accidents they often think of two or more cars slamming into each other. However, there is another type of accident that may cause more physical harm than any other: the pedestrian accident. A pedestrian is defenseless against a moving vehicle and many times is completely blindsided by the car, leaving the pedestrian no time to move out of the way. A recent hit and run in Peabody shows just how deadly these incidents can be for those simply trying to cross the street.
Typically, late night and early morning roads have less traffic than they do during the day. However, this does not mean that car accidents are less likely. A negligent driver can strike anytime, at any place. And when a distracted driver causes a car crash, the results can be deadly.
Living in a time when people commute to work, school, family, and social gatherings, many Massachusetts residents live on busy roads. This single fact can make crossing the road very dangerous. This danger is amplified when a negligent driver, who may be inattentive or impaired, barrels down the road. A sad accident in Salem shows just how tragic these circumstances can be for pedestrians.