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Boston dump truck accident snarls traffic; Massachusetts trucking accidents a serious threat to motorist safety

A Boston dump truck accident left motorists plenty frustrated this morning as a landscaper’s truck flipped on the highway south of downtown, causing long delays, the Globe reported.

The accident scattered dirt across the road at about 6:30 a.m. on the southbound side of I-93 near the Dorchester Yacht Club. The crash slowed traffic clear through the city and north to Montvale Avenue.

Fortunately, there were no reports of serious injuries as a result of the crash. However, dump trucks pose the threat of serious or fatal injuries in the event of an accident with other motorists. While smaller than a semi, a dump truck may be just as heavy. And the shifting weight of earth or debris in a dump truck can make steering difficult. Additionally, a truck may make numerous trips to and from a dump site each day and may react differently depending on the weight of its current load. A loaded dump truck may also require a significant length of time to come to a stop.

Twenty people were killed Massachusetts trucking accidents in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nationwide, one in every nine traffic fatalities involves a collision with a large truck. In 2008, an astounding 380,000 semis and large trucks were involved in accidents. A total of 4,229 people were killed and more than 90,000 were injured.

A Boston injury lawyer should always be consulted when a motorist is injured or killed in an accident with a large commercial truck. Out-of-state trucking companies and insurance companies can complicate trucking accident cases. And whether or not a truck and its driver were in compliance with numerous state and federal trucking regulations can have a major impact on a trucking accident case.

If you are injured in a Massachusetts trucking accident, contact Boston Injury Attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.