Road Safety Advocates Pushing Legislators to Pass Road Safety Bills as Fatalities Increase

Anyone who has commuted regularly over the years might have assumed that with traffic substantially reduced over the past year or so as more people either quit, lost their jobs or were able to work remotely due to the pandemic that traffic accidents and fatalities would also go down.  However, in Massachusetts and across the nation, fatalities have increased significantly with over 39,000 reported fatal car accidents in 2020. This is the most since 2007 and a 7.2% increase over 2019 despite a 13% drop in miles traveled. With the carnage piling up, road safety advocates here and elsewhere are pleading with lawmakers to implement measure to assure a shaky public that the state has their best interests in mind. 

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Tractor Trailer Accident in Massachusetts

A recent accident in Lynn, Massachusetts involving a tractor trailer caused considerable property damage, damaging four motor vehicles and a house that the truck crashed into. The driver, who hailed from Rhode Island, was hauling frozen food on Western Avenue at around 4:30 a.m. when he allegedly swerved to avoid a raccoon in the roadway and lost control of his truck.  The crash dragged one of the struck vehicles into the residence that took out the front porch and the beams supporting a second-floor porch. 

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Trucking Exec to Plead Guilty in Fatal Biker Crash

A former Massachusetts trucking company executive will reportedly plead guilty to several federal criminal charges stemming from a horrific collision in June 2019 that left 7 motorcyclists dead in Randolph, New Hampshire.  The driver of the flatbed truck who was allegedly impaired plowed into a group of 10 motorcyclists on U.S. 2.  He is facing negligent homicide and manslaughter charges, among others.

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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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