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Pedestrian-car accident injures man and his niece crossing street

In Worcester and throughout Massachusetts, the mornings can be a dangerous time for pedestrians. People are on their way to work, are frequently in a rush and might be paying attention to several things at once rather than what they are supposed to be paying attention to: the road. In addition, people who are taking children to school could find themselves in risky situations as they try to cross busy streets, sometimes in poor weather. When there is a pedestrian-car accident, those who were hit can suffer serious injury and death. A lawsuit can help to recover compensation for all that was lost.

Multiple factors cited for rise in pedestrian-car accident stats

Statistics detailing how and why car accidents happen can be useful for Massachusetts residents and for people across the nation. Some of the most vulnerable people on the road are not in vehicles at all, but are functioning as pedestrians. When there is a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian, serious injury is likely and fatality is possible. Research is constantly being conducted to try and understand the cause of these crashes and to reduce their incidence. One new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that the number of pedestrians who died in the U.S. has held steady at almost 6,000 for 2017. This is the most in 25 years.

New fatal auto accident statistics show worrisome stagnation

Massachusetts residents should keep track of car accident statistics so they know what to look for when they head out on the road as a driver, a passenger, a bicyclist or a pedestrian. For example, numbers that might initially appear to show an improvement are often indicative of a stagnation or worsening of various problems when they are dissected in depth. Such is the case for the approximately one percent reduction in motor vehicle fatalities in 2017. This information, from the National Safety Council, heightens concerns about road dangers.

Driver trying to pass vehicle has head-on collision in Worcester

While most drivers will adhere to the rules of the road and operate their vehicles safely, there will always be a certain number of drivers who operate their vehicles aggressively, negligently and recklessly. For whatever reason, they will try to make unsafe passes, drive beyond the speed limit, use their handheld devices while driving and exhibit many other behaviors that place themselves and others at risk. Often, this will lead to a car accident. After there has been a crash with a driver who was performing dangerous actions, there still must be an accident investigation to accrue evidence. For the victims, having legal help to investigate with their interests in mind is essential.

Drowsy driving auto accident stats could be worse than thought

Massachusetts drivers know that there are inherent dangers when heading out on the road. That includes distracted drivers, drunk drivers and people who are reckless or negligent. Another issue that can cause a car accident is a drowsy driver. While this is a worrisome problem, its scope might have been underplayed. According to a report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, it is possible that drowsy driving can be up to eight times more prevalent than previously thought. Those who have been in an auto accident should be cognizant of these statistics to determine if a drowsy driver led to the crash.

Elderly driver hits car wash employee causing serious injury

People who work in Massachusetts jobs around moving vehicles will inevitably find themselves in harm's way. This is not limited to people who work on the road. It can apply to people who are in a parking lot or even a car wash. When there is a car accident involving a pedestrian or a worker who is not in a vehicle, there can be serious injury, even death. Those who have been hurt in this type of incident should understand that they will be confronted with medical expenses and major problems.

Distracted driving continues to be a problem with new devices

Every driver, bicyclist and pedestrian in Massachusetts will undoubtedly have a story of encountering a distracted driver. The issue has become so prevalent that municipalities are seeking laws and new methods to put a stop to the practice. Similarly, companies that manufacture smartphones and other devices are trying to formulate ways to make it safer for use. Regardless, studies indicate that the dangers of distracted driving are real and can lead to a car collision with injuries and fatalities.

Pedestrian injured in accident outside his home

Pedestrian accidents in Worcester and throughout Massachusetts might be pigeonholed as people crossing the street. However, a pedestrian can be injured by a vehicle when it jumps the sidewalk and strikes the person in their own yard. Regardless of when a car accident with a pedestrian happens, the aftereffects are universal with injuries and possible fatalities. Those who have been injured or lost a loved one should know the steps to take to file a lawsuit for compensation.

Woman injured in accident with delivery van

The roads in Worcester and throughout Massachusetts can be dangerous to pedestrians at any point in the year, but, when there are more people and vehicles on the road and many of those vehicles are making deliveries for the holiday season, it can lead to even more accidents. Some of these are inevitably going to involve a pedestrian. Because a pedestrian is so vulnerable, there can be serious injuries and even death. Those who have been affected by an accident should know how to proceed with a legal filing to receive compensation.

Proposed law banning texting and driving has support of Governor

It is widely acknowledged that texting and driving and other distracted driving behaviors are a known danger in Massachusetts and throughout the nation. States are trying to determine how best to address this issue with legislation, education and enforcement. As with most legal matters, however, it is not a simple case of a new law being automatically put into effect. Recently, Massachusetts has taken steps to push a law that would stop drivers from having their cellphones in their hands while driving. This is now being supported by Gov. Charlie Baker.

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