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In what must have been a chaotic accident scene, CBS Boston Local is reporting on a crash involving a motorcycle, two pedestrians and a Mercedes Benz whose driver allegedly fled the scene. Witnesses said a 64-year-old man was riding his motorcycle when he allegedly crashed into two pedestrians crossing the road.

motorcycle-1449847After hitting the two pedestrians, he lost control of the bike and was thrown off it and landed hard on the road, witnesses said.  As he was lying in the road after being ejected from the motorcycle, he was then hit by a Mercedes Benz. The driver of the car allegedly sped off the scene in an apparent hit-and-run. Continue reading

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According to a recent news report from CBS Local Boston, the owner of a Land Rover SUV witnessed a group of teens allegedly steal her vehicle and speed off on a joy ride.  The vehicle owner quickly dialed 911 and waited as the police arrived on the scene.

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Shortly after teens allegedly stole the Land Rover, Boston police officers arrived on the scene and located the stolen vehicle just around the corner.  When officers chased the stolen SUV, the teens allegedly sped away and managed to flip the vehicle.  While witnesses described the event as a brief car chase, the Boston Police Department (BPD) said they did not actually chase the vehicle but did pursue the suspects.

The reason the police likely did not want to call it a car chase is because, unlike on television, departments across the country have standing policies in place that they do not engage in high speed car chases due to the likelihood that a civilian will be injured in the process. Continue reading

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In many car accidents, the force of the collision can be tremendous. However, there are many safety systems these days that significantly increase your chance of surviving what would otherwise be a serious or fatal car accident.

car-fire-1346381For example, a properly fitted seat belt can prevent a car accident victim from going through the front windshield or otherwise being ejected from a vehicle.  It is an unfortunate fact that most victims ejected from a vehicle following a car crash do not survive the accident.  It is also a fact that virtually all of the accident victims who are ejected from a vehicle were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from the Boston Herald, a 20-year-old cadet at West Point (the United States Army war college) was killed in a tragic car accident shortly after playing in game two of the Black Knights 2016 season.  The accident occurred just across the Hudson River at a location about 20 miles from the West Point campus.

cannon-at-antietam-2-1179089This cadet was a first team defensive back on the Black Knights.  He had been credited with two unassisted tackles early that day in the team’s convincing win over Rice. Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from CBS Boston Local, a young child was injured near a school bus stop in Norfolk, Massachusetts. The child was only 26 months old and was thrown clear of the collision and into a group of trees.

bus-stop-1444019-mWitnesses have said this child was walking to the bus stop along with his mother and older brother, who was going to ride the school bus that morning.  While they were walking to the bus stop, the child ran into the road suddenly and was hit by a car that had been driving.
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Those who have watched the Netflix Original Series Orange is the New Black (OITNB) are familiar with the character Flaca, who is portrayed by Jackie Cruz.  In a recent interview for the Huffington Post, Cruz discuss how she is thankful for the serious car accident she experienced when she was still a teen.

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Cruz says that she was friends with a girl who was a bad influence and was in the girl’s car when she decided to engage in an illegal street race with another car.  She was not wearing her seat belt as she sat in the passenger seat of her friend’s car on the day of this race. Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from Billboard, singer Taylor Swift has just donated $5,000 to a sophomore who was headed back to campus after spending the weekend at home with her family when she was involved in a fatal car accident involving a semi tractor trailer.  She was 18-years-old at the time of her death and had decided to major in elementary education.

truckforwardWhile the cause of the accident is still unknown and under investigation by the state police as of the time of this article, we do know that first responders attempted to stabilize her at the scene before rushing her to a local level-one trauma center.  Emergency surgeons treated her, but her injuries proved too severe and she was soon pronounced dead. Continue reading

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Last March, two people were killed when a man alleged crashed his SUV into a pizza restaurant in Natick, Massachusetts just outside of Boston. Prosecutors have said the 55-year-old defendant was driving his SUV at around six in the evening when he crossed over the double yellow lines on Washington Street according to a recent news feature from the Boston Globe.

policelineAfter he crossed the center line of the busy street, he allegedly crashed into several other cars driving in the opposite direction and then crashed through the front of the pizza restaurant. There were multiple people eating in the restaurant at the time of this accident, and two them died as a result of their injuries. There was a 57-year-old woman from nearby Watertown, Massachusetts and a 32-year-old man from Newton. Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from Mass Live, a man was killed and two others severely injured as a result of a single-vehicle car accident in Boston’s Sumner Tunnel.  The man who was killed in this tragic accident was 24-years-old at the time of his death.

tunnel-1511148Authorities have said the accident occurred just after three in morning on a Friday when the alleged at-fault driver lost control of his Dodge Ram pickup truck around the Interstate 93 on- ramp.  When the car lost control, it slammed into the sidewall of the tunnel with considerable force.  The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) have released a photograph of the Dodge Ram.  In that photograph, the entire rear end of the pickup truck is destroyed and the front end is heavily damaged, as well.  The doors have been dislodged, as well, and there are parts of the vehicle strewn about the roadway. Continue reading

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In a recent high profile case, plaintiffs in Texas argued that a faulty ignition switch manufactured by General Motors (GM) was ultimately responsible for a fatal car accident that occurred in 2011.  In that accident, the driver of another vehicle was killed and a passenger suffered a severe personal injury according to a recent news feature from the Boston Herald.

engine-start-button-1241470Specifically, plaintiffs assert that the allegedly defective ignition switch on driver’s Saturn Sky turned off by itself while the car in motion, and this caused him to lose control of his vehicle.  The reason they argued is that in modern vehicles, once the power is shut off, nothing works, as the steering is hydraulic and computer-controlled, as are the brakes. The driver suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of this fatal car accident. Continue reading