In early December, two pedestrians were struck and injured by a hit-and-run motorist at the intersection of Cabot and Winter Street in Beverly. The accident occurred around 9:00 p.m. Police later arrested a Boxford man who was the owner and apparent operator of a car that displayed considerable front end damage, prompting police to suspect the young man of having caused the accident. Prosecutors have charged the man with drunk driving causing serious bodily injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a crosswalk violation. The pedestrians’ injuries were not life-threatening according to city officials.
It is always a sound and commonsense practice to look both ways before crossing the street, even if you are crossing in a marked crosswalk with a green light in your favor. However, there may be certain streets or intersections where you should be especially cautious. In Ipswich, there have recently been two accidents involving pedestrians in crosswalks.
Bicycling has become more popular with millennials as an alternate mode of transportation. X-gens and baby boomers are finding that bike riding is a less stressful way of losing weight and maintaining overall health. Many cities have responded by making their communities more bike-friendly by constructing bike trails and marking city streets for bike lanes among other measures in order to accommodate more riders and to encourage bike riding.
If you are a pedestrian struck by a motorist who was attempting to park or exit from a parking space, or you are a motorist hit by another vehicle that was parking, attempting to park or exiting a parking space, you may have a claim for compensation. Although parking accidents are often low-impact or occur at low speeds, the injuries that can result are very real.
More and more people are using bicycles in urban areas to commute, shop or visit friends and family as well as to exercise their legs and lungs. Lighter bicycles, more gears for easier hill climbing, and no worries about parking, traffic jams, tickets or auto insurance account for some of the increase in usage. However, bicycles and urban traffic also mean risks to bike riders. This fact of city life is no less evident than in the city of Cambridge that has decided to do something about its bike safety problem.
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.
For several years, there has been a debate between drivers and bicyclists. Drivers claim that cyclists do not adhere to traffic laws as the law requires them, while cyclists believe drivers do not pay enough attention to the road while driving. This debate may never end, but there is a new piece of legislation in Boston that could potentially affect both sides.
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
Biking is healthy. Commuting to work and school by bike is better. Or is it?
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
Pedestrians in a Massachusetts crosswalk should proceed with caution and, perhaps, check out the type of upcoming vehicle before stepping onto the street. Why? In University of California, Berkley, study it was shown that there is a correlation between bad road manners and wealth when it comes to pedestrian crosswalks. First, the law.