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Click It or Ticket in Massachusetts

We are all aware of the Massachusetts statute that requires everyone in a passenger motor vehicle to wear a seat belt.  And we are all aware of the (minimal) civil penalties.  Further, most folks are aware that Massachusetts’ seat belt law is “secondary,” meaning that a police officer cannot pull a driver over for apparent failure to wear a seat belt.  A police officer can only give a ticket to someone neglecting to wear a seat belt if he or she was pulled over for some other “primary” reason.

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Teenage Driver Causes Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Turning 16 and getting a driver’s license is something teens have been looking forward to for generations. But just like President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “great power involves great responsibility.” The Centers for Disease Control reports that drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are at the highest risk for crashes and that risk is especially high within one year of obtaining a license. Read more

Wrongful Death and Aaron Hernandez in Massachusetts Courts

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is sitting in Bristol County prison in North Dartmouth awaiting trial on a murder charge, has just been hit with two civil wrongful death cases for an unrelated matter.  There have not been any criminal charges filed against Mr. Hernandez associated with these wrongful deaths.  It is understood that the District Attorney’s office is investigating and that a Grand Jury has been convened. Read more

Primary Seat Belt Law in Massachusetts to Reduce Wrongful Death?

Massachusetts averages 319 motor vehicle collisions every day, with one wrongful death from motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 102 Massachusetts residents are saved each year by seat belts.

Thirty three states have “primary seat belt” laws. These laws allow a police officer to pull over a vehicle when the officer sees that occupants are not wearing seat belts. The NHTSA has statistics to show that states with a primary seat belt law have lower fatality rates. Read more