Deadliest Accidents for Massachusetts Commuters
Car accidents in Massachusetts killed 390 people in 2021, as reported by CBS Boston. This is the highest number of statewide traffic fatalities in 12 years. Some of the most dangerous roads in the state include I-93, the Massachusetts Turnpike, I-95, I-495, and State Route 24. Risk factors that make these roads particularly hazardous include traffic congestion, dangerous interchanges, icy winter driving conditions, constantly merging traffic, and reckless drivers.
What Are the Leading Causes of Highway Crashes in Massachusetts?
Massachusetts traffic deaths have increased significantly since 2009. Leading factors contributing to the increase in fatalities include:
- Lack of seatbelt use
- Motorcycle crashes
The following recent traffic deaths in the state are reported on Mass Live:
- A passenger was killed in Swampscott when the driver ran the vehicle off the road and crashed into a fence and a tree.
- Twin brothers died in a single-vehicle accident on I-195 in Mattapoisett when their car crashed into the median.
- A man died in Williamsburg when his car crashed off the road and he was ejected from the vehicle.
- A man walking his bicycle by the side of the road in Springfield was hit by a car and killed.
- Another fatal accident in Springfield involved a car that was traveling 114 mph.
What Can You Do to Avoid a Crash on Massachusetts Roads?
Although driving in Massachusetts can be risky, there are steps drivers can take to reduce the risk of a crash:
- Always wear a seat belt and insist passengers do the same. Not only is it required by law in Massachusetts, but it can also significantly reduce your risk of injury or death.
- Don’t text and drive or become distracted behind the wheel. You are better equipped to react in an emergency with your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your attention on your driving.
- Make sure you have the right car seat for your child’s size and age. Check before every trip to ensure it is properly installed and secured.
- Move over and slow down for emergency or maintenance vehicles. It is the law in Massachusetts.
- Stay out of the way of aggressive drivers. Drive defensively, avoid eye contact, and ignore any rude gestures.
- Obey speed limits and traffic signals and signs.
- Leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and the one ahead.
- Do not drive drowsy. Pull over if you start to show signs of fatigue.
- Slow down and stay alert in construction zones.
Do You Need a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
If you have been seriously injured in a crash caused by someone else’s negligence, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney before talking to insurance company representatives or accepting any settlement offer. Insurance companies are in business for profit. Their goal is to minimize their payout or deny your claim altogether. They might offer a low ball settlement that does not cover all your losses in an effort to settle your claim quickly.
At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we have extensive experience handling car accident cases, dealing with insurance companies, and recovering substantial compensation for our clients. Attorney Christopher DiBella has been featured in the media, recognized among the Lawyers of Distinction, and named among the Premier 100 trial attorneys by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to evaluate your accident and effectively pursue all forms of compensation.
Call us at (978) 327-5140 to schedule a free consultation. We can tell you if you have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim.