Category Archives: Vehicle Accidents

type of distracted driving in Massachusetts

Three Types of Distracted Driving in Massachusetts

According to the Center for Disease Control, nine people in the United States are killed every day in crashes that reportedly involve a distracted driver.  In Massachusetts alone, there have been on average 100,000 crashes reported each year that have involved distracted drivers.  Distracted driving is defined as “any activity that diverts attention away from […]

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Increase in Pedestrian-Related Accidents

October is National Pedestrian Safety month, and we know that pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents can not only suffer serious injuries but also incur significant medical expenses and lost wages resulting from those injuries.   Recently, pedestrian death rates are the highest they have been in 40 years. In 2021, pedestrian death rates increased from […]

Changes the MBTA Must Make to Ensure Safe Transportation

Keeping its passengers and employees safe while riding the trains is one of the main responsibilities of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Association (“MBTA”), and when it fails to take proper safety measures, the public’s risk of injury increases.   Back in April, we reported on a man dragged to his death when a Red Line […]

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Drunken Driving Responsibility

According to the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (“MADD”), every two minutes someone is injured in a drunk driving crash and every 51 minutes, someone is killed by a drunk driving crash. Drunk driving remains the #1 cause of death on our roadways. On December 29, 2019, a 13-year-old girl, Claire Zisserson, died in a […]

Massachusetts MBTA Red Line train derailed June 11, 2019

MBTA Safety Issues and Deficiencies

Just because the The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a pseudo public entity, it is not relieved from being held accountable to the public when it fails to provide safe transportation services or leaves unreasonably dangerous conditions on its property. The MBTA hired a group of experts to evaluate its safety. The final reports […]

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Lack of Relationship Between Vehicle Damage and Occupant Injury

In the mid-1990’s a major car insurance company published a set of guidelines and trained its claims adjustors to deny injury claims when the car damage was low. Other insurance companies followed suit. The purpose of the Minor Impact Soft Tissue (MIST) segmentation strategy was to reduce insurers’ costs by claiming that crashes with minimal […]

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10.4% Increase in Traffic Deaths – Are Smartphones To Blame?

In Massachusetts, the law states drivers must pay attention in order to prevent injury to others. There is no prohibition on cell phone use while driving in New Hampshire. However, all New Hampshire drivers are prohibited from texting, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for […]

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Distractions, Teenagers, and Car Crashes

Research Shows Distracted Driving is Four Times Worse Than Estimated How many of us worry about safety knowing that there are teenagers behind the wheel of a car? This younger generation has grown up adept at using technological devices. In fact, teenagers are so used to using handheld computers and cell phones, it is sometimes […]

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