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According to 7NEWS, a recent Worcester trucking accident occurred on West Boylston when the driver lost control of the tanker, crossed over the median and slammed into three parked cars. Subsequently, the tanker (transporting gasoline) slammed into a moving vehicle.
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Accident reports indicate that the car was traveling at 30 miles per hour when it collided with the truck.

“We thought it was someone dropping something next door. It was the loudest thing I’ve ever heard. It was an explosion pretty much, sounded like an explosion,” said one of the witnesses.

Our Boston trucking accident lawyers understand that large trucks, tankers, and tractor-trailers serve up some serious risks on our roadways. Unfortunately, our passenger vehicles don’t stand much chance against the weight, size and power of these larger vehicles. According to witnesses, the driver of the vehicle was unable to escape the car after the accident.

The driver was taken to the hospital and officers are investigating what caused the tanker to run out of control.

Unfortunately, we can’t always rely on the safe driving habits of these truckers. Accidents happen and we’re oftentimes the ones who suffer the consequences. To help to keep you safe out there, officials with Road Safe America offer some safety tips:

Driving Safely Around Large Trucks:

-Make sure you’re alert when approaching a large truck. Remember that they behave a lot different than passenger cars.

-Stay out of a truck’s blind spots. These are the spots around a truck in which a driver cannot see you in their mirrors. Make sure you can always see the driver.

-Never pass a truck while it’s making a right-hand turn. These trucks make wide turns.

-Don’t cut off a large truck. These vehicles take a lot longer to stop than our vehicles. You never want to follow too closely either.

-Call authorities and report any unsafe driving you may witness.

-Keep an eye on truck’s turn signals. You never want to pass one of these trucks when there turn signals are activated.

-Use the proper procedure to pass a large truck or bus on the highway. Accelerate slightly and maintain a consistent speed while passing. Wait until you can see the entire cab in your rear-view mirror before signaling and pulling in front of it.

Sharing the road with these vehicles is easy — you just have to be careful. Remember that we don’t stand much of a chance against these large trucks. Drive safely, stay alert and accommodate trucks to help to prevent an accident.
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In a recent traffic accident, a dump truck let out about 100 gallons of fuel onto Ash Street. According to the Metro West Daily News, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is still waiting to do an investigation into the accident scene to see just how much damage was done.
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“Once we get in there, we’ll have a better sense of what the situation is,” said MassDEP Spokesman Ed Coletta.

Our Boston accident lawyers understand that this accident could have been prevented with a little more caution. It all happened when the driver of the dump truck crossed over into the left lane and slammed right into a wooded area just before 11:300 a.m. According to Ken Clark, the Hopkinton Fire Chief, the truck slammed into a number of trees. One of those trees caused some serious damage to the 132-gallon diesel fuel tank. Fuel wound up spilling everywhere.

The driver of the truck was transported to Milford Regional Medical Center where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Firefighters who responded to the accident tried to catch the fuel using an inflatable pool-like collection device. Luckily, the accident didn’t happen near any sensitive environment areas, but officials want to make sure that none of the fuel is going to affect any of the well systems nearby.

The truth of the matter is that there’s no getting around large trucks. They carry critical commodities, including fuel. Unfortunately, these trucks also work to deliver some serious accident risks. Most times, other travelers, such as those in passenger vehicles, those on bicycles and those on foot, don’t stand a chance against these large vehicles. That’s why you have to be extra cautious when driving around these vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were close to 4,000 people who were killed in the U.S. in traffic accidents involving large trucks in 2010, There were also another 80,000 people who were injured in these kinds of accidents. And it doesn’t look like it’s getting better any time soon. From 2009 to 2010, there was an increase in the number of these fatal accidents by close to10 percent.

More than 75 percent of the people who were killed in these accidents were in fact the occupants of the other vehicles that were involved.

In the state of Massachusetts, there were close to 100 large trucks involved in fatal accidents in 2010. Many of these trucking accidents could have been avoided with safer driving habits. Our trucking accident lawyers are reminding you that these trucks don’t operate like the vehicles that you and I drive. We have to allow them more space and much more consideration. Our safety often depends upon it.
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A recent trucking accident in Woburn ended up shutting down Interstate 95. According to state authorities, the truck was carrying nearly 10,000 gallons of gasoline when it crashed at about 10:00 p.m. Lanes were closed in both directions as emergency response crews reported that the truck was leaking fuel all over the roadway, according to WWLP.
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Preliminary reports of the trucking accident conclude that the truck collided with a passenger car on the Interstate. Officials with the Woburn police and fire department worked to contain the leakage. Nearby homes were even evacuated with the risks associated with the hazardous material
Our Woburn trucking accident attorneys understand the dangers that accompany accidents with tractor-trailers, big rigs, 18-wheeleers, semis and other large vehicles. These kinds of accidents get a whole lot worse when these vehicles are carrying dangerous materials on them. Under federal law, trucking companies are restricted regarding which materials they’re allowed to carry. When they’re carrying an approved material, then they’re required to make sure that it’s being transported in the appropriate trailer and that it is marked accordingly. They’re also limited to where they’re allowed to travel. Only specific roadways are designed to handle the weight and the demands of these large trucks. When trucking companies do not adhere to these rules and regulations, both the truck drivers and the companies can face some serious criminal charges, in addition to civil liability.

These kinds of accidents can be caused by a number of conditions:

-Injury or fatality resulting from unsafely-loaded cargo or hazardous materials.

-Fatigued truck drivers.

-Distracted truck drivers.

-Truck drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

-Drivers who fail to obey road and trucking laws.

-Truck driver sickness.

-Drivers not being provided with sufficient training or supervision.

-Truck maintenance problems.

In 2010, there were nearly 7,700 people who were killed in traffic accidents that involved a large truck, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These large trucks are considered to be vehicles that have a gross vehicle rating of 10,000 pounds or more. In the country, there were nearly 300,000 of these trucks involved in accidents during the year. As a matter of fact, these kinds of accidents showed a near 10 percent increase from the previous year.

The drivers of passenger vehicles are urged to be safe, cautious and alert when driving near these large vehicles. This is especially true during the summer travel season when our roadways are more congested. The increase in traffic increases the risks for accidents, too. The safest of driving habits can help to keep you out of a potentially fatal accident. Your best bet is to just stay away. Avoid traveling near these large trucks for any more time than you have to.
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A lot of fuel spilled on a busy road following a recent trucking accident in Dorchester. The accident happened when a Sunoco truck driver ran over a traffic control box, which ruptured one of its tanks. Fuel spilled all over Dorchester Avenue, according to the Boston Globe. Officers had to block off traffic from both directions while they cleaned up the mess.
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According to local fire officials, the accident happened near Freeport Street just after 11:00 p.m. Stopping the fuel leakage proved to be quite the task for officials. Boston Fire said many dikes had been set up, and no one had been injured. Two of the tanks, which held more than 5,000 gallons of fuel were leaking from the ruptured tank.

Our Boston trucking accident attorneys understand how devastating these kinds of accidents can be. Collisions that involve large trucks can also be complicated by hazardous material loads. Much of the time, people are killed in these kinds of accidents. According to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 4,000 people killed in auto accidents that involved at least one large truck in 2010. Officials define a large truck as a vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds of more. Nationwide, there were more than 275,000 of these trucks involved in accidents during the same year. Unfortunately, many of these collisions produced some pretty serious, and costly, damage.

What’s most alarming about the new statistics from the NHTSA is that these numbers illustrate a near 10 percent increase from the number of fatalities in 2009. Most alarmingly, it’s the passengers of the other vehicles involved that are injured and killed most often. It’s so serious that more than 75 percent of the people who were killed in these accidents throughout the year were the occupants of the other vehicles.

In the state of Massachusetts, there were more than 400 vehicles involved in fatal car accidents in 2010. Of these vehicles, nearly 20 of them were large trucks.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) offers the following safety tips to help to keep you safe when traveling among large trucks:

-Avoid cutting off large trucks. Cutting off a truck could cut your life short.

-Always wear a seat belt.

-Keep out of truck driver’s blind spots. If you cannot see the driver, they cannot see you.

-Block out the distractions. Keep all of your attention on the roadways.

-Never drink and drive.

-Allow trucks with plenty of room when they’re turning.

-Never follow too closely.
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Truck drivers throughout the country need a little more attention, says the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Ray LaHood.

According to a recent safety rule, healthcare professionals who medically examine these drivers need to be better tested, trained and certified to be able to more thoroughly examine a driver’s ability to safely operate such a large truck. In addition to the advancement in requirements, the rule also brings a new national online database of medical examiners who have already completed the certification process laid out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration‘s (FMCSA).

These examinations are used to make sure that drivers have no problems that can affect their abilities behind the wheel or increase the risks for trucking accidents in Plymouth County and elsewhere.
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“Safety is our top priority and requires cooperation from everyone involved,” said LaHood.

Our Plymouth Country accident lawyers understand that this new rule was enacted to help ensure that professionals in the healthcare industry who conduct these exams keep in mind all of the demands that are required to operate both passenger buses and large trucks safely. By recognizing these demands, healthcare professional will be better able to determine the troubles these drivers may face under specific health complications. Making sure that the skills and the health of these drivers are up to par is one of the best ways to help to decrease the risks of trucking accidents on our roadways.

The new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners final rule was also created as a part of the FMCSA’s commitment to making our roadways safer and to better protect all kinds of travelers. This rule enhances the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recommendations for helping medical examiners to better track drivers’ health and certificates.

In a month, the FMCSA will be posting testing and training standards for medical professionals. By 2014, all examiners will be required to be in the National Registry database and all drivers will be required to have an examination from one of these professionals. Medical personnel who do not keep up with federal standards will be taken out of the registry.

According to Anne S. Ferro with the FMCSA, drivers deserve the best medical examinations by the best medical personnel. The safety of them and of our roadways relies on it. Holding our medical professionals accountable will help to increase roadway safety.

Every year, medical professionals conduct nearly 5 million medical exams on bus and commercial truck drivers. These exams look at a driver’s hearing, vision, muscular functions and look for respirators diseases, cardiovascular diseases as well as examining their medical fitness. Drivers must undergo one of these exams at least once every two years to legally hold a commercial driver’s license.
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It’s always frightening to drive next to a big rig or a tractor-trailer on the highway. Driving next to one of these big vehicles leaves drivers of passenger vehicles at risk of a serious or fatal accident. Unfortunately, accidents are typically life-threatening. A recent trucking accident in Foxboro killed an innocent driver, according to NECN.
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The fatal trucking accident happened in the southbound lanes of Route 1 and North Street when a cement truck collided with a passenger vehicle. The accident was so severe that roadways in both directions were closed for over 2 hours as officials with the Massachusetts state police investigated.

Our Boston trucking accident attorneys get that feeling too, that anxious feeling when traveling next to large semis and tractor-trailers. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles has the ability to do some serious damage in the event of an accident. Oftentimes, accidents involving these large vehicles can be deadly. Luckily, with driver awareness and caution, we can all do our part to minimize these catastrophic collisions.

To no one’s surprise, there have been many more traffic accidents involving these big rigs over recent weeks. Recently, a trucking accident that happened in Erving left roads closed for hours after a trailer truck flipped on its side on Route 2. This accident happened just before 10:00 a.m. right by Christina’s Restaurant. State officers say that the 62-year-old driver of the truck was okay and that heavy duty wreckers were called to the scene to remove the truck from the roadway, according to 22News.

Trucking accidents can happen for a number of reasons, for both passenger vehicle driver and truck driver fault.

Trucking Accidents Can Be Caused By:

-Head-on, rear-end accidents and jackknives.

-Poor trucking maintenance, including brakes and tires.

-Sleepy and fatigued drivers.

-Dangerous road conditions.

-Poor weather conditions.

-Unsecured cargo or loads.

-Improper lane changes.

-Aggressive driving habits.

-Drug use.

-DWI.

-Lack of reflectors and poor visibility.

-Non-compliance with federal regulations.

-Driver inattention.

In all of these scenarios involving truck drivers, the drivers of passenger vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians are at an extreme disadvantage. Accidents involving big rigs, tractor-trailers, cement trucks, garbage trucks, 18-wheelers, etc. can all lead to catastrophic personal injury, death and damages. Equip yourself with safe driving habits to help to minimize these risks. Steer clear of these large vehicles when possible. Be safe, not sorry.

Trucking accidents are a common sight on our hectic Massachusetts roadways. It’s estimated that about 5,000 people die each year in the U.S. because of accidents involving large trucks. In 2009, there were more than 440 vehicles involved in fatal car accidents in the state of Massachusetts. During this time, more than 20 of these vehicles were large trucks.
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While large trucks only account for 4 percent of all vehicles on the road, they are involved in more than twice that many fatal car accidents in Boston and elsewhere.

While our Boston trucking accident attorneys respect the grueling job these workers have to do, our lives are often in their hands.

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A recent tractor-trailer accident on the Massachusetts Turnpike took out a sports utility vehicle and caused traffic to back up for four miles between Exits 8 and 9. According to Charlton State Trooper Darren Specht, officers responded to the incident shortly before 5:30 a.m. The accident involved an SUV that had been rear-ended by a tractor-trailer.
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After the initial collision between the SUV and the tractor-trailer, the truck reportedly hit the road’s guardrail and slid down the embankment. According to Mass Live, the driver of the tractor-trailer may have fallen asleep just seconds before the collision. The truck driver was transported to Wing Memorial Hospital while the driver of the SUV was believed to be uninjured.

Our Massachusetts trucking accident attorneys understand how dangerous driving on the Massachusetts Turnpike can be. For this reason, we ask that all drivers stay off the roadway if they’re feeling drowsy or sleepy. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) drowsy driving contributes to approximately 100,000 police-reported accidents every year. Experts believe the actual number is much higher because not all drivers willingly confess they were drowsy at the time of an accident. Drowsy driving accounts for nearly 2,000 fatalities and more than 70,000 injuries every year. These are costly accidents, too. Experts estimate that drowsy driving accidents cost the nation nearly $13 billion in monetary losses each year.

Drowsy Driving Facts, according to DrowsyDriving.org:

-There is no test, like a Breathalyzer, to determine if sleepiness contributed to a traffic accident.

-Officers are rarely trained in identifying if drowsiness was an accident factor.

-Self-reporting is unreliable.

-Adult drivers between the ages of 18- and 29-years-old are more likely to drive while drowsy.

-Male drivers are more likely to drive while drowsy than women drivers.

-Male drivers are twice as likely as women to fall asleep at the wheel.

-Adults with children at home are more likely to drive drowsy than adults who have no children in their house.

-Night shift workers are more likely than regular daytime workers to drive while drowsy.

-Drivers who sleep six to eight hours a night are twice as likely to be involved in a drowsy driving-related accident than drivers who regularly get eight hours of sleep.

-Being awake for 18 hours impairs a driver on the same level as someone who has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05. For someone awake 24 hours, they are impaired with the same reaction time as a person with a BAC of 0.10. You’re considered to be drunk if you have a BAC of 0.08 or higher.

-A number of drowsy driving accidents have resulted in jail sentences for the driver.

-There have been multi-million dollar settlements awarded to family members of accident victims as a result of lawsuits that were filed against drivers and businesses who were involved in drowsy-driving accidents.

You’re urged to refrain from driving if you feel sleepy. According to the latest poll from DrowsyDriving.org, only about 30 percent of Americans get seven or more hours of sleep regularly. That means that 70 percent of divers on our roadways are at serious risks for a drowsy driving car accident.
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More than 300 people died in car accidents in Massachusetts in 2010. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just released the 2010 Motor Vehicle Crashes Overview. This is the most updated car accident data available. The NHTSA concluded that nearly 33,000 people died in traffic accidents throughout the year in the U.S. This is the lowest number of fatalities since 1949.

While that may sound promising, it’s important for us to point out that a good number of accidents actually saw increases throughout the year, including accidents among pedestrians, motorcyclists and occupants of large trucks.
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Our Massachusetts car accident attorneys understand that the total number of traffic fatalities is expected to increase. As we finished up 2010, the number of fatalities actually started to rise. Experts believe that as the economy continues to improve, the number of traffic fatalities will increase. Drivers are urged to remain cautious on our roadways and to not take this announcement as a sign to relax safe driving habits at the wheel. There are still many dangers lurking on our roadways and with the holiday season upon us, these dangers are more common. Remain alert and cautious behind the wheel to avoid a potentially fatal accident.

There were two new measures added to this year’s reports. Officials with the NHTSA decided to add the “distraction-affected crashes” and the “alcohol-related crashes” measures. As technology continues to advance, devices become more readily available to drivers and increase risks for an accident significantly. In 2010, there were roughly 3,100 people who died in distraction-related car accidents in the U.S. These accidents continue to be a huge problem on our roadways. Alcohol-related accidents are also a main concern for transportation officials as these types of accidents accounted for yet another third of all traffic accident fatalities.

“The findings from our new attitude survey help us understand why some people continue to make bad decisions about driving distracted–but what’s clear from all of the information we have is that driver distraction continues to be a major problem,” said U.S. Transportation Administrator Strickland.

Key Findings of the 2010 Motor Vehicle Crashes Overview:

-Nearly 33,000 people were killed in traffic accidents.

-Nearly 2.25 million people were injured in traffic accidents.

-Alcohol-related accidents made up about a third of all traffic fatalities.

-The number of pedestrians killed increased by nearly 5 percent from 2009 to 2010.

-The number of motorcyclists killed increased by nearly 35 deaths from 2009 to 2010.

-The number of large truck occupants killed increased by roughly 6 percent from 2009 to 2010.

-The number of vehicle occupants who were injured while wearing a seat belt during an accident increased.

-The number of fatal accidents in rural areas decreased, while the number of fatal accidents in urban areas increased significantly.

-The number of fatalities among individuals over the age of 55 increased significantly.

-Twenty states experienced increases in the total number of fatalities.

-Massachusetts saw a decrease of roughly 25 fatalities from 2009 to 2010.

As we round out the remainder of 2011 and head into 2012, drivers are urged to remain cautious on our roadways. As the economy continues to recover, more motorists are expected to hit our roadways, which will bring along increased risks for a fatal accident.
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A trucker from New Hampshire who was hauling garbage was both speeding and driving while distracted as he caused a trucking accident in New England involving an Amtrak train. The distracted driver realized too late that he and his tractor-trailer were going to collide with the train. By the time he hit the brake, his vehicle slid more than 200 feet directly into the path of the oncoming train. The fiery collision killed the truck driver and injured a number of others, according to the Boston Globe.
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Reports indicate that the 35-year-old driver was on the phone with his employer for five minutes just before the accident happened. He was driving 20 miles above the speed limit. A following motorist said he witnessed the big rig swerve along that roadway.

Our Massachusetts trucking accident attorneys understand distracted drivers cause dangerous situations. They pose serious threats to all motorists on our roadways, regardless of how attentive we may be.

Investigators concluded that the truck driver was on the phone when the truck and the train collided. The train, traveling between Boston and Portland, was traveling at approximately 70 miles per hour with more than 110 passengers on board. Witnesses report that the train was thrown off the track, flames shot nearly three stories high and trash from the tractor-trailer was thrown everywhere. The truck driver’s body reportedly landed nearly 400 feet from the accident in a ditch. Two Amtrak employees and four passengers were injured.

The truck driver’s records indicate that he and his vehicle had passed an inspection at a weigh station in Eliot, located just before the scene of the accident. Reports also indicate that the train and the train’s horn, lights and gates were all working properly.

Another trucker, Greg Daigneault from North Berwick, says that the driver was significantly exceeding the speed limit and was driving erratically.

“He crossed the center line at least twice and steered into the breakdown lane at least twice,” said Daigneault.

Data from the trucker’s GPS unit indicated that he neglected to slow down when the posted speed limit went from 55 to 40 miles per hour, and then down to 30 miles per hour.

This accident happened as the driver was making his second run of the day for Triumvirate Environmental Inc., a company in Somerville. He had started his work day at 6 a.m. and the accident occurred shortly after 11 a.m.

The driver’s cell phone records reveal that he had 14 phone calls from 7:37 a.m. to the time of the accident. The last call, between him and his boss, happened during the same time that officers received 911 calls reporting the accident.

It’s no secret that driver distractions can lead to fatal accidents. The risks heighten when a large truck or a train is involved. Drivers are encouraged to stay focused, alert and distraction-free to avoid these types of accidents. All too often, innocent people are killed because of accidents that involve a distracted driver.
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