Turning 16 and getting a driver’s license is something teens have been looking forward to for generations. But just like President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “great power involves great responsibility.” The Centers for Disease Control reports that drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are at the highest risk for crashes and that risk is especially high within one year of obtaining a license. Read more
On July 17, 2014, the combination of a lost, out-of-town truck driver and defective truck breaks resulted in a sixty-foot flatbed truck launching into a Boston Common stairwell, just a few blocks from our Six Beacon Street office. Thankfully there were no injuries, but authorities cleared out the vicinity including Boston Common Frog Pond wading area due to concerns about the truck’s fuel tanks and any possible leaks or explosions. Read more
On the morning of July 8, 2014, a tractor-trailer rolled over on the ramp between Interstates 290 and 495 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. While thankfully no injuries were reported, the clean-up of the roadway took several hours and highway traffic was at a standstill for a large portion of the day. Truck accidents like these can not only close major stretches of interstate, but can also cause massive injuries, even death, to those involved. Was driver fatigue involved? Read more
In Boston, and other large metropolitan areas throughout the United States, rideshare services are becoming more and more popular. These companies offer consumers the convenience of having access to a vehicle without the hassle of car payments, paying costs such as gas, and the difficulty of city parking.
In 2008, 75 of 364 vehicle-related fatalities in Massachusetts were pedestrian deaths. In addition, Massachusetts Health and Human Services also reports that there are approximately 11 deaths and more than 1300 injuries to pedestrians between the age of 5 and 18, and that most of these events happen between the hours of 3:00 and 5:00 PM. Read more
The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Commission reports that 71% of teens and young adults have admitted to composing and sending text messages while driving and 78% admit to reading text messages while driving. In 2012 more than 3,000 Americans were killed and over 400,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents. Read more