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Primary Seat Belt Law in Massachusetts to Reduce Wrongful Death?

Massachusetts averages 319 motor vehicle collisions every day, with one wrongful death from motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 102 Massachusetts residents are saved each year by seat belts.

Thirty three states have “primary seat belt” laws. These laws allow a police officer to pull over a vehicle when the officer sees that occupants are not wearing seat belts. The NHTSA has statistics to show that states with a primary seat belt law have lower fatality rates. Read more

Biking Safety in Massachusetts

Biking is healthy. Commuting to work and school by bike is better. Or is it?

While only a very small percentage of trips taken by Americans are by bicycle, bike riders face a significantly higher risk of injury and even death than occupants of motor vehicles.

Biking in Boston has become more common. Bike lanes have been established. Bike rentals are everywhere. Offices and the MBTA offer places to lock your bikes.

But is biking safe? Studies differ. For example, in 2010, 800 bicyclists were killed and more than a half a million sought emergency room treatment for injuries from bike accidents. The medical costs and loss of productivity can be over $5 billion. Read more

Failure to Wear Seat Belts Results in Death of Six Family Members

On October 18, 2013, in Upper Arlington, Ohio, outside Columbus, a driver ran a red light and then stopped in the middle of the intersection. At the same time, a police cruiser responding to a robbery call was entering the intersection with a siren going and emergency lights flashing. Unfortunately, the driver stopped too late to avoid the collision with the police car. The driver and all five of his passengers were killed. The driver and all five passengers were not wearing seat belts. Read more