There was a six-car pileup on the Massachusetts Turnpike that ended up backing up traffic for miles. It all happened in Warren during the height of rush hour near mile marker 67 and Exit 8, accident to the Boston Globe.
Massachusetts State Police (MSP) reports that the part of the road in which the accident happened had two traveling lanes, but officers were forced to close the left-hand lane because of the accident. Injuries were reported.
Our Boston car accident attorneys understand the risks that accompany our state’s narrow and congested roadways. The Turnpike is one of the worst in many areas. At all hours of the day, Massachusetts drivers and visitors fly down the narrow lanes of this road. The truth is in the numbers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 310 people who were killed in car accidents in our state in 2010. Only 20 of these accidents happened in rural areas. The rest occurred in urban areas where some of our state’s busiest roadways can be found.
Of the people who were killed in these accidents, there were close to 100 passengers who were not wearing a seat belt when their accident happened. Motorcyclists were not much better. There were about 10 of the approximate 55 motorcyclists who were killed in traffic accidents in 2010 who were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
All in all, there were more than 400 drivers involved in the state’s fatal accidents over the year. More than 50 of them were between the ages of 15 and 20. There were another 50 who were under the age of 21 and about 350 who were 21-years-old and older.
There are a few simply safety tips that you can take to help to ensure your safe arrival. It’s most important that you keep your full attention on the road. Driving is a complex task and requires your full concentration and awareness.
Turnpike Safety Tips:
-Always abide by all road signs, including speed limit postings and lane changes.
-Make sure that you adjust your driving to the current conditions, including weather conditions and traffic conditions.
-Keep distractions out of the driver’s seat. Your full attention needs to be on your surroundings.
-Always use a turn signal, whenever you are changing lanes or entering/exiting the turnpike.
-Know where you’re going before you get on the turnpike. Know how far you have to travel and what your exit number is.
-Never drunk or consume any drugs before driving. You should never drive under the influence.
-Make sure that everyone in your vehicle, including yourself, is buckled in during each and every car ride.
-Never travel in another vehicle’s blind spots. Make yourself as visible along these roadways as possible.
-Always drive with your headlights on.
-Keep your distance between you and other vehicle. Never follow too closely and don’t cut in front of other cars.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-877-617-5333 today!