Massachusetts AG Calls for Improvements to Child Car Seat Safety Standards

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has joined with 16 other attorneys general and the District of Columbia to demand that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) draft certain safety standards for child car safety seats. In a letter sent to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and Steve Cliff of the NHTSA, the group urged the government to take “swift action” in addressing shortfalls in safety seat regulations. 

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Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Fundacion MAPFRE Launch Look Both Ways PSA to Promote Road Safety

Are Massachusetts drivers notorious for bad behavior on our roadways? Getting honked at, yelled at, or being shown a middle digit while trying to navigate a busy intersection or traffic congested highway may be a common occurrence for many state drivers, but a state-wide campaign has been launched to hopefully change drivers’ behavior in the interest of public safety.

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Hopkinton Woman Suffers Serious Injuries

Earlier this summer, a Hopkinton, Massachusetts woman sustained serious injuries after being ejected from the sedan in which she was a passenger when it collided with a utility vehicle. The crash occurred in Wilford near 420 Fortune Boulevard around 5:30 p.m. According to witnesses, the sedan’s driver was speeding and overtaking multiple vehicles before crossing into oncoming traffic where it collided with the utility truck.

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US Pedestrian Deaths Spiked Despite Pandemic Lockdown

Covid-19 may have been a once-in-lifetime event, or so we hope, that led to business and office closures in Massachusetts and throughout the nation for most of 2020 and into the early part of 2021. As a result, there were far fewer vehicles on the road as those who were still working could do so at home or in areas outside of their normal offices. With traffic volumes drastically reduced in 2020, we would expect traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities to have fallen as well. 

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State Fire Marshall Offers Summer Fire Safety Tips

Summer offers us a respite from work and school and an opportunity to enjoy our beaches, parks, waterways, and iconic historical destinations. It is also a time for fireworks, barbeques, camp fires, and bonfires on the beach. Unfortunately, Massachusetts has its share of out-of-control fires that seriously injure scores of people and leave many permanently disfigured. 

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Increase in Wrong Way Accidents in Western Massachusetts

For some reason, wrong-way accidents are on the rise in Western Massachusetts. Between 2015 and 2018, our state experienced twice the national average in wrong way accident fatalities with 500 deaths per year.  Springfield reported 315 wrong-way car collisions between 2010 and 2020, making it the second worst in the state for such accidents behind Worcester. 

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