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Massachusetts traffic accidents on the rise in and around Boston even as statewide figures continue to decline

State police have identified the seven areas where motorists are most at-risk for being victimized by crime or involvement in a Massachusetts car accident and are hoping increased patrols and other measures will help reduce the risk.

The Boston Herald reports that common dangers in these hot spots include drunken driving, speeding and motorcycle drag racing and that such behaviors threaten public safety and the lives of other motorists on the road.

“This summer is a pretty bad summer for traffic-related issues,” said Maj. Edward Amodeo, commander of Troop A, which covers north of Boston to New Hampshire and west to Interstate 495 and portions of Interstate 93, Route 128 and Route 1. “There’s a high volume of traffic. People are out enjoying the summer. As a result we are having more interactions, more issues, more crashes, higher citations than last year.”

In June, the Massachusetts Highway Patrol moved 37 additional troopers into areas with the highest crash and arrest rates.

While overall traffic fatalities have fallen to 145 from 184 during the same period a year ago, fatal crashes are up in several areas of the state. Hotspots include Springfield, north of Boston and south of Boston.

Troop H, which covers Boston to the Rhode Island border, has seen an increase in crashes this summer. As has Troop B in Springfield and Troop A, where the busy Medford barrack has covered 2,118 crashes.

If you have been injured in a Massachusetts car accident, contact Boson Attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.