Drivers in Massachusetts understand the safe driving habits could help increase the safety of drivers and passengers on the roadways. Although upholding their duty of care while behind the wheel and following the rules of the road could prevent a car accident from occurring, it does not always prevent them from encountering a negligent driver. When a driver speeds, fails to check their blind spots, travels too closely to other vehicles, fails to maintain their lane or does not signal a turn or maneuver, a serious accident could ensue.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the most common offenses in the United States; it is also a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents which result in everything from fender-benders to fatalities. Due to the major impact on society, driving while under the influence has been a battleground for many state and local governments. Many have employed the use of law enforcement campaigns with the theme "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."
It is always a good rule of thumb to remember that pedestrians have the right of way, even when they do not. Pedestrians are the least secure of those that take the road ways to get from point A to point B. Although there are sidewalks, crossing lanes, lights, laws and everything in-between, pedestrians are regularly involved in accidents in Massachusetts.
Car accidents have become an expectation in Massachusetts and throughout the United States, so much so that there are websites dedicated to nothing more than predicting how many accidents a person will be involved with during their life time. As the name suggest, car accidents always involve a car. Although a majority of car accidents involve another car or some stationary object, a growing number of accidents involve cyclists and the every present pedestrian population. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there were almost 5,000 pedestrian deaths and over 76,000 injuries in 2012 alone.
Police actions are increasingly becoming the focus of citizens and the media. With the advent of cell phone cameras, police actions are increasingly under scrutiny. In the wake of videos featuring police brutality, the shooting of unarmed citizens, and other unfortunate actions, many are calling for increased police accountability. What has often been left out of the discussion of police behavior are the actions of police while behind the steering wheels of their cars and the toll it has on the general public.
Car insurance companies have done a great job showing the public just how random and unexpected a car accident can be. While most commercials are done with a hint of humor, few people are laughing after being involved in a real world accident. Some accidents can be avoided by driving attentively, others are so unexpected that they are impossible to foresee and avoid. Regardless of the cause of a crash, the toll a serious car accident can take on those involved can last a lifetime.
After those injured in an accident are taken to the hospital, their cars moved and traffic returned to its normal flow there is an often overlooked step that occurs after many serious accidents, the investigation. An accident investigation can take anywhere from a couple of hours to months as investigators piece together the details of the accident, even recreating events to uncover the truth.
Anyone who decides to operate a motor vehicle in the United States runs the risk of being involved in an accident. Although some people have a greater chance of being involved in a car accident than others, anyone riding inside of a moving vehicle should be aware of the possibility. The outcome of an accident can be anything from a fender-bender to the loss of life. While technology has yet to create a full-proof safety system for motor vehicles, it has created a number of other safety systems that can help improve one's chances of surviving a motor vehicle accident.
Some accidents can have no closure even after countless hours of investigations, simulations and recreations. This can be even more trying than the actual accident as family members and those left behind seek answers and where to place the blame for the loss of their loved one. When the details of who did it, why and how come slow or not at all, a civil lawsuit may be the only venue left for surviving family members to find some semblance of an answer.
Accidents can occur at any moment and for seemingly no reason at all, but in reality most accidents are caused by some kind of human error. Businesses know that human error is not only dangerous but can be costly - sometimes prohibitively so. In an attempt to save money and make work safer, industries have created standard practices and minimal safety levels for most activities, especially the more dangerous ones. However, even with training and frequent reminders accidents still occur and companies are still liable if their employee's actions injury another.