It is no secret that teenagers tend to engage in riskier behavior than older individuals, even those in their early 20s. Driving is one particularly risky activity even for the safest drivers, but for teenagers, car accidents are the leading cause of death for drivers aged 15 to 19. Much of this is due to their own negligent conduct.
A recent pedestrian accident in Dracut, Massachusetts left a 61-year -old man in critical condition. The incident occurred on Lakeview Avenue in Dracut when a female driver from Tyngsboro operating a Ford Taurus apparently struck the man and then left the scene of the accident only to crash her vehicle down the roadway, rendering it undriveable. She was charged with intoxicated driving as well as leaving the scene of an injury accident.
A three-vehicle crash in Brockton, Massachusetts last month resulted in a fatality and with one other person sustaining serious, life-threatening injuries. Several other people involved were transported to area hospitals.
Recently, a 17-year-old student from Norwell High School was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Marshfield, Massachusetts in the early morning hours when the vehicle in which he and two other teens were in crossed over a double yellow line on Forest Street and crashed into a tree. All three of the occupants were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by police and first responders.
In a car accident caused by the negligence of another motorist, you can make a claim for injuries against the motorist or his insurer. This means having incurred medical expenses of at least $2,000 or having sustained a serious or fatal injuries. There are also many accidents where more than one party or entity may have contributed to the collision including a governmental entity over issues such as defective highway design or road maintenance. But can you sue the state RMV for its alleged negligence over failing to suspend the driver’s license of a man who allegedly caused a tragic and fatal accident?
Distracted driving presents a consistent menace to anyone on Massachusetts roadway, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Distracted driving is any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from safely operating a motor vehicle, including texting, grooming, eating, talking, rubbernecking, listening to loud music, or looking for something in the glove compartment or floor.
Is there anyone of reasonable intelligence who does not think that wearing a seatbelt protects you from serious injury or death? Still, Massachusetts drivers and passengers are consistently among the worst in the nation in buckling up despite safety campaigns and driving courses that stress its importance. Although our state’s motorists have made a significant effort since 2003 to match the national average of just over 90.1%, we are still the 6th worst in the nation at 81.6%.
A recent development by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is reported to have effectively measured or detected marijuana impairment. By using a non-invasive brain imaging procedure, researchers claim that the method can distinguish between no or mild impairment and more significant intoxication.
It is probably no surprise that car crashes occur more frequently in Massachusetts during the Spring months. Although wintery conditions certainly make driving hazardous, more people are on the roads in the Spring, and along with the volume of cars on the roadways comes more opportunities for reckless driving, speeding, and other risky behavior.
Massachusetts was one of the first states to legalize adult use of cannabis and as a result, our state has reaped millions of dollars in tax revenue from marijuana sales. When legalization was being adopted back in 2016, some legislators and highway safety proponents were concerned about an increase in drugged and impaired driving since the drunk driving laws were not equipped to deal with persons accused of driving under the influence of marijuana.