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Halloween Driver Safety

Halloween is just around the corner and with it comes annual warnings to trick or treaters about taking certain safety precautions for Halloween safety.  These include checking your candy and other items for hidden objects and avoiding encounters with strangers on the street who offer candy if you will to come to their car or house.

There are also warnings for parents as well as trick and treaters regarding being on the lookout for cars.  Parents often take their children to certain residential areas and either drop them off from house to house or slowly drive behind them while they ring doorbells.  With many parents following this practice, traffic can build up endangering trick or treaters and other pedestrians. It can also panic drivers who may lose sight of their children or children who cannot find their parent’s car.

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Boston’s Bike Initiative

Bicycles have always been a part of Boston’s urban roadways as they are in other cities.  They are a cheap alternative to commuting as well as a means of exercise and to reduce traffic congestion.  Many cities and towns are providing bike lanes on roadways to encourage bicycle use and to keep bicyclists safe from inattentive or careless motorists.  Some, like the city of Boston, are implementing bike initiatives to achieve this very purpose.

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27 Motorcycle Accidents Facts that Will Shock You

Riding motorcycles is an experience so many riders savor since they give you a true sense of the open road and an ability to enjoy and experience the elements, at least in pleasant weather.  They offer flexibility, quickness, maneuverability and the ability to ignore traffic congestion if you engage in lane splitting or sharing, whether legal or not.  Parking is less of a problem.

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Tracy Morgan Car Accident Case Update

The serious injuries actor Tracy Morgan sustained along with the fatal ones suffered by his passenger in  a Walmart car accident involving a semi-tractor trailer in June 2014 underscore the dangers associated whenever a 5000 pound passenger vehicle meets a 16,000 to 30,000 pound 18-wheeler.  In fact, many loaded trucks can weigh far more with some up to 90,000 pounds.  In a collision, the motorist and passengers are at distinct and tragic disadvantage.  You are 5 times more likely to suffer injuries or a fatality in an accident with a semi truck than in one with another passenger vehicle.

The fatal passenger is the Tracy Morgan case was comedian James McNair who was survived by two adult children.   They received a $10 million settlement payable in monthly installments over their lifetime.  Mr. Morgan has a separate lawsuit against Walmart, owner of the truck, and had been going to rehab for many months.  A recent Tracy Morgan case update indicated that the actor had recently married and appeared to be improving.  He had sustained a broken arm, nose, rib fractures and a broken femur. Read more

Taunton Worker’s Tragic Death Leave Many Wondering Why

The town of Taunton, Massachusetts, lost one of its own when a local construction worker for Skyline Contracting and Roofing suffered fatal construction injury from tilting over of an aerial lift that had been stationed on uneven ground.  The worker was 48 years of age.

A safety advocacy group, MassCosh, or Massachusetts Coalition for Safety and Health, seized on the accident to emphasize that contractors need to institute stronger and more comprehensive safety measures and programs to protect workers in such accidents.  Construction is one of the deadliest industries in the US, accounting for more fatalities and serious injuries than any other vocation. Although the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards only recommends that aerial tilts be placed on stable ground, a MassCosh representative commented that workers need to be trained in any event for aerial tilts that are on slopes or inclines and to recognize when it is too steep or presents an unnecessary hazard. Read more