State Fire Marshall Offers Summer Fire Safety Tips

Summer offers us a respite from work and school and an opportunity to enjoy our beaches, parks, waterways, and iconic historical destinations. It is also a time for fireworks, barbeques, camp fires, and bonfires on the beach. Unfortunately, Massachusetts has its share of out-of-control fires that seriously injure scores of people and leave many permanently disfigured. 

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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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Senators Propose Legislation to Boost Safety of Vehicle Seats

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, we hope and expect that safety equipment such as airbags, anti-lock brakes, seatbelts, and metal integrity among other factors built into our vehicles will save us from serious injury or death. However, vehicle seat safety has lagged behind most if not all safety innovations implemented since the 1960s. In response, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are spearheading legislation to improve vehicle seat safety standards.

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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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New Bedford Crash Single Car Crash Causes Wrongful Death

A Fall River, Massachusetts woman who was a passenger in a 2009 Honda Civic was killed recently in a one-vehicle crash on Route 18 near the intersection with Walnut Street in New Bedford. According to police reports, the driver had suddenly steered her vehicle onto the median and struck a cobblestone planter. There was extensive damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle where the deceased woman was sitting at the time of the collision. 

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A Man Who Fatally Struck and Dragged Victim Ordered Held Without Bail

Earlier this year, a road rage incident in Belmont, Massachusetts resulted in the death of a 35-year-old man who had been engaged in an argument with a 54-year-old man from Hudson in the area of Upland Road. Witnesses to the incident stated that they heard the Hudson man hurl racial epithets toward the victim who had apparently exited his car to confront the other driver. The victim was moving towards his own car when  the other party, who was in a Dodge Dakota, suddenly drove toward him and struck the victim with the driver side of the pickup truck, dragging him for a short distance before the driver fled the scene. Witnesses ran to the aid of the man lying on the ground who was taken to a hospital where he later died. 

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