Car Accidents in Massachusetts a Frightening Trend

February 26, 2012

Two adults and two children were transported to local hospitals after a car-truck accident in Abington. The accident happened between an oil truck and an SUV on Route 58, according to Wicked Local Rockland. Witnesses report that the SUV swerved across the yellow-center line on Route 58 and clipped the oil truck. The driver of the truck allegedly tried to swerve out of the way to avoid the collision with the SUV and ended up crashing into a utility pole.
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Emergency responders reportedly had to use the Jaws of Life to get the driver of the SUV from the vehicle. The truck driver, the driver of the SUV and its two child passengers, who were sitting in the back seat, were transported to local hospitals. There was a passenger in the oil truck who was reportedly unharmed. Route 58 was closed for a few hours following the accident. In the collision, the rear axle of the truck snapped off.

Our Massachusetts car accident attorneys understand that wasn't the only accident that happened during that time. Nearby, an Abington law enforcement officer was involved in an accident on Railroad Avenue with a pickup truck. The officer was injured in this accident. It goes to show that no one is safe on our roadways. Regardless of what you are driving - an SUV, an oil tanker or a police car - accidents are going to happen. Until drivers can slow down at the wheel and pay more attention to their surroundings, our roadways will continue to be plagued with unnecessary accidents.

Another recent accident seriously injured a well-known basketball coach from King Philip High, Foxboro High, Boston University and Boston College. He is also the former president of the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association. The coach was injured when he was driving and an alleged drunk driver slammed into his car head on as he drove down Route 53 in Hingham.

The coach was taken to the South Shore Hospital and was placed in the Intensive Care Unit. Reportedly he is suffering from unspecified head injuries, a broken leg, broken ribs and a punctured lung.

The man who slammed into the coach's vehicle is reportedly facing felony drunk driving charges. The accident involved three cars and severely injured two people.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for residents in Massachusetts and elsewhere. In 2009, there were nearly 45,500 vehicles involved in fatal accidents in the U.S. Of these vehicles, about 80 percent were passenger vehicles. In these accidents, nearly 25,000 people were killed and more than 1.95 million were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Throughout 2009, there were nearly 220 passenger vehicles involved in fatal traffic accidents in the state of Massachusetts.

Of the 220 passenger vehicles:

-More than 150 were passenger cars, accounting for about 70 percent of the vehicles.

-There were 20 pickups, accounting for nearly 10 percent.

-There were nearly 40 SUVs, accounting for more than 15 percent.

-Nearly 10 were vans, accounting for less than 5 percent.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car accident in Boston or elsewhere, contact Massachusetts Injury Lawyer Jeffrey S. Glassman. Our firm offers free and confidential appointments to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.

Additional Resources:

SUV, oil truck collide in Abington, by Erin Shannon, Wicked Local Rockland

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