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.
A recent Bridgewater accident shined a light on the perils of texting and driving. The Bridgewater car crash occurred when a man, while texting, crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision and hit two other vehicles. The texting driver was injured in the wreck and a driver of one of the other vehicles also suffered injuries.
A car accident in Attleboro has left two injured and one facing DUI charges. Police say the accused 20-year old texted a friend saying she was drunk, then climbed behind the wheel. Later, the accused moved her car onto the wrong side of the road and slammed head-on into an oncoming vehicle. The two occupants of the second vehicle suffered broken bones. Police claim the wrong-way driver had a blood alcohol content level twice the legal limit.
Holiday weekends usually bring more traffic onto the roads of Massachusetts and unfortunately this can bring a spike in accidents. Many of these car accidents are caused by drunk driving, excessive speeding, and distracted driving. One such accident recently occurred on the Massachusetts turnpike.