Is It Safe For My Dog in The Passenger Seat?

Some folks want to take their dogs everywhere.  If trained, they are wonderful companions to accompany you when shopping, hiking, going to a dog park, out for coffee, or strolling on the beach.  But to get to your location, they often need to be driven.  So, does that mean it is safe for your dog to be in the front seat with you?  If you live in Massachusetts, you need to be aware of traffic laws about dogs in vehicles that can lead to a ticket and fine if your dog is causing a disturbance and is diverting your attention from driving. 

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Tesla Auto Breaking Failed to Stop Crashes

Tesla is one of the most popular luxury brands of automobiles and has marketed itself as one of the safest automobiles that you can drive.  It boasts a self-driving system or Autopilot that allows you hands-free driving under certain circumstances.  Unfortunately, its forward advance collision avoidance system has failed to function in a number of accidents, leading to serious injuries and fatalities. Also, drivers are relying too much on the Autopilot system and getting into serious accidents.

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How Long Does a Car Accident Affect Insurance Rates in Massachusetts?

How long an accident remains on your driving record is a question many drivers and clients ask since accident claims will generally affect your insurance rates. Whether an accident will raise your premiums often depends on: the state where you carry your license your liability carrier if the accident was your fault number of prior accidents  severity of the accident 

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Massachusetts Man Involved in a Head on Collision With Amazon Delivery Driver Files Suit

A January 2021 car accident involving an Amazon van driver and a 31-year-old Milford, Massachusetts man who suffered permanent and life-altering injuries has led to a lawsuit against the delivery giant.  Amazon is a major distributor of packages in the U.S. and maintains warehouses and distribution centers throughout the nation.  Milford has two Amazon warehouses. 

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1 in 8 Fatal Car Crashes in Past Decade Involved Teen Drivers

Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of teen fatalities in the U.S. Even though only a small percentage of drivers are under 20, they accounted for 13% of all fatal car accidents from 2010 to 2019.  There is good news, however, in that the percentage and number of fatal car crashes involving teens is decreasing, including in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

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Massachusetts Traffic is Back- What You Need to Know

According to the state’s Highway Administrator, traffic is back on Massachusetts roadways. Whether that is a good thing or not depends on your perspective and whether you have returned to the commute you left behind over 18-months ago.  If you are thinking of returning to that commute, consider that in 2020, according to a Texas A&M Transportation Institute study, Boston area drivers spent an average of about 50-hours in traffic.  Boston was also ranked as the second worst in the nation for daily traffic delays.

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Massachusetts Motorcycle Deaths on the Increase

Anyone who has ever ridden a motorcycle is aware not only of the joys of riding but of the risks as well. Despite public service campaigns alerting motorists to be aware of motorcyclists and to respect their presence on the road, fatalities caused by other motorists continue to occur. A troubling statistic is that in Massachusetts, we have experienced an increase in the number of riders and passengers killed in motorcycle accidents over the past year. 

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Children Seat Belts and Motor Vehicle Accidents in Massachusetts

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), car accidents are the number one cause of death for children aged 1-13 in the U.S. Car seats or booster seats for children are a major preventive measure that parents can use to minimize the chances for serious or fatal injuries if your child is in a car accident. Fortunately, per a study put out by SafeWise, a family safety organization, Massachusetts ranked third in the nation for the fewest children killed in car crashes at 0.63 per 100,000 population. The best state or area was Washington D.C. that had no reported child deaths in traffic accidents for the years surveyed. The national average is 1.7 per 100,000.

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How Ride Sharing Prevented Drunk Driving Deaths in Massachusetts

A new study confirmed what Uber and Lyft have been promoting for years—that use of their ride-share platform has had a noticeable impact on driving-related deaths where alcohol was involved in states like Massachusetts. According to a paper published in the Nationwide Bureau of Financial Analysis and co-written by UC Berkeley economist David Lucas, Uber directly saved 214 people who would have died in a drunk driving accident in 2019. This helped mark a 6.1% decrease in alcohol-related deaths from 2018 amidst a 4% decline in drunk driving deaths overall in the U.S.

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