Massachusetts Legal Blog
Life can be hectic at times, so people are constantly trying to seek out new and creative ways to accomplish more each day. Multitasking and overbooking your day with appointments and other obligations seems to be the norm, and we seem to be getting fewer and fewer hours of sleep each night as a result.
If you’re planning on operating a motor vehicle, a wandering mind and sleep deprivation can be a recipe for disaster. Read the rest »
There’s no doubt about it. With the amount of traffic in Boston and the difficulties with street parking, those who want to get around the city are best off taking the T. However, even if you’re riding the subway, trolley, water taxi, or bus, you will still have to interact with vehicles before you get to your destination. Often, these interactions will take place in parking lots and garages, which can be a dangerous place for pedestrians. Read the rest »
Cycling is great way to get around in Massachusetts. Bicycles are much cheaper to maintain than cars, and riding a bike is a much cleaner option for the environment.
But those who choose to take interstate bike rides, from Massachusetts down to Connecticut or up to Vermont, should be aware of bicycle laws in those other states. While Massachusetts has bike-friendly laws, other states may not. Read the rest »
It’s very easy to blame most of today’s distracted driving on the obsession that young people have with their phones. While teenagers who text while driving are a problem, they aren’t the only ones to blame. Read the rest »
Two companies have started testing driverless cars on the streets of Boston to see just how safe they really are. And one company is partnering up with Lyft to bring automation to the ride-sharing industry. But the trials aren’t going over well with all Boston natives. While some residents are keen to try them out, others wonder just how safe these autonomous cars can be. Read the rest »
Fall is quickly coming upon us. While wrapping up in a sweater can be cozy, and watching the foliage change colors is beautiful, fall also has certain dangers lurking around—especially for drivers out on New England roads. Read the rest »
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continually strives to make school buses safer; in fact, school buses are among the safest vehicles on our roads. Students are 70 times more likely to be involved in an accident when traveling to school by car compared to school bus.
Though school buses are generally safer than any other type of bus, roughly 40 million students in public schools across the country take the bus each day, so accidents are going to occur. NHTSA estimates indicate that approximately 12,000 injuries result from school bus crashes annually. Read the rest »
A recent AAA study reported that over 200,000 collisions occurred in a four-year span because of debris on U.S. roadways, which resulted in roughly 500 fatalities. They estimate that road-debris-related accidents have risen 40% since 2001, and most occur on highway interstates.
CalTrans, California’s agency assigned with maintaining roads and bridges, recently spent $62 million to remove approximately 155,000 cubic yards of miscellaneous junk along its roads. Daniel Hill, speaking on behalf of the California Highway Patrol, says that many of the calls they receive about roadway hazards are items that have fallen off of cars, which were improperly loaded or tied down.
Let’s try to stop that. Read the rest »
We hear lots of advertising about the need to “winterize” our cars each year. However, it is equally important to conduct proper maintenance for the summer months, too. Although road conditions are harsher in a Massachusetts winter, the heat of summer creates its own dangers for your vehicle.
Here’s a checklist of best practices for “summer-izing” your car. Read the rest »
A Boston Globe report indicates that traffic fatalities on Massachusetts roadways are rising.
In 2016, there were 399 reported deaths from motor vehicle accidents in the State. The National Safety Council says there were approximately 13% more accidents than in 2015, and 15% more than in 2014. A combination of factors is believed to be contributing, including an improved economy, low fuel prices, and increased traffic among commuting workers and vacationers. Nationwide, there were slightly over 40,000 traffic fatalities in 2016, the most since 2007.
During the summer, remember to take safety measures, particularly prior to long road trips. Read the rest »
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