Massachusetts Pike Rollover Truck Carrying Bananas

A rollover accident on the Massachusetts turnpike in early October resulted in a spill of thousands of bananas and the leaking of about 100 gallons of gasoline from the overturned truck. State police were forced to close eastbound lanes at Exit 18 for 9-hours while the bananas were recovered, and absorbent used to neutralize the diesel fuel. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries. There were no details about what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

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Hundreds Cited Since Massachusetts Distracted Driving Law Took Effect

After 17-years of negotiations, bills that stalled and failed in the Assembly, and pleas from safety advocates, the Massachusetts Assembly passed a bill with teeth that addressed the growing epidemic of distracted driving. It took effect in February 2020 with officers initially issuing warnings to distracted drivers. In late March, officers began citing drivers who violated the new law.

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Concord Fatal Crash

A four-vehicle crash in Concord, Massachusetts this summer resulted in fatal injuries to an 87-year old Concord woman. The accident occurred around 2:50 in the afternoon on Route 2 near Sudbury Road. All four vehicles were in the eastbound lane of Route 2 when traffic began to slow. A 2014 Jeep Cherokee driven by an Arlington man apparently failed to notice the slowing traffic and slammed into the rear of a Honda Civic driven by the 87-year old victim. Her car was propelled into a 2020 Toyota Corolla that in turn rear-ended a 2014 Ford Taurus.

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Eyes on the Road States With the Most Car Accidents

Massachusetts motorists seem to be curiously at odds with safe driving habits. In a recent study of driving behavior, car accidents, and what factors can help American drivers become safer, Massachusetts found itself as having the highest percentage of drivers with a prior at-fault accidents, which means we have more car accidents than any other state. Our percentage of drivers with previous accident histories is 17.14% as compared to the national average of 12.45%. Michigan has the lowest rate at 6.18%.

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What to Do in a Massachusetts Hit and Run Case

A recent fatal hit-and-run accident in Chelsea, Massachusetts in early July 2020 brought home the sobering reality that irresponsible and reckless drivers still roam our streets. Sometime after midnight, a male pedestrian in his 40’s was struck and killed on 6th  and Walnut Street. The driver fled the scene only to be apprehended a few hours later in Peabody. The suspect was identified as a man in his 20s. 

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