Massachusetts Area Companies Merge to Boost Business of Tracking Drivers Behavio For Insurance Companies

Using driving behavior to determine auto insurance rates is not necessarily a new idea, but several companies in the analytics industry have brought that factor into a new focus. Two Boston-based companies who use an app to track driver’s behavior for insurance companies recently merged when Cambridge Mobile Telematics acquired TrueMotion. The new company will provide telematic services to 21 of the 25 largest auto insurers in the nation.

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Massachusetts AG Calls for Improvements to Child Car Seat Safety Standards

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has joined with 16 other attorneys general and the District of Columbia to demand that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) draft certain safety standards for child car safety seats. In a letter sent to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and Steve Cliff of the NHTSA, the group urged the government to take “swift action” in addressing shortfalls in safety seat regulations. 

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Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Fundacion MAPFRE Launch Look Both Ways PSA to Promote Road Safety

Are Massachusetts drivers notorious for bad behavior on our roadways? Getting honked at, yelled at, or being shown a middle digit while trying to navigate a busy intersection or traffic congested highway may be a common occurrence for many state drivers, but a state-wide campaign has been launched to hopefully change drivers’ behavior in the interest of public safety.

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Hopkinton Woman Suffers Serious Injuries

Earlier this summer, a Hopkinton, Massachusetts woman sustained serious injuries after being ejected from the sedan in which she was a passenger when it collided with a utility vehicle. The crash occurred in Wilford near 420 Fortune Boulevard around 5:30 p.m. According to witnesses, the sedan’s driver was speeding and overtaking multiple vehicles before crossing into oncoming traffic where it collided with the utility truck.

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Increase in Wrong Way Accidents in Western Massachusetts

For some reason, wrong-way accidents are on the rise in Western Massachusetts. Between 2015 and 2018, our state experienced twice the national average in wrong way accident fatalities with 500 deaths per year.  Springfield reported 315 wrong-way car collisions between 2010 and 2020, making it the second worst in the state for such accidents behind Worcester. 

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Unarmed Traffic Enforcement in Massachusetts

Prompted by the George Floyd tragedy in Minneapolis and numerous other fatal encounters by largely Black motorists with police during traffic stops, the Northampton, Massachusetts Policing Review Commission recently came out in favor of unarmed traffic enforcement. This would entail a non-police response to minor traffic law violations such as speeding, unlawful turns, expired plates, or equipment violations. In other words, utilizing a trained civilian corps for traffic matters that do not involve threats to public safety.  Perhaps this is good for public moral, but how will this affect victims of personal injury? 

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THE MOTHER OFFENDER BENDERS License Plate and Fluid Trail Lead to Registered Owner Of Hit and Run Vehicle

It was a hit-and-run accident that left Yarmouth, Massachusetts police officers puzzled. A few months ago, police were alerted to the intersection of Swan Road and Circuit Road West after residents apparently reported a hit-and-run accident. Although no pedestrians or other motorists were injured, the fleeing vehicle left a fire hydrant and a scrub oak heavily damaged. 

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