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According to a recent news article from CBS News, a study from AAA has determined that the risks of driving while drowsy are commensurate with the risks of driving while intoxicated.  The study focused on drivers who are not getting enough sleep at night and found that drivers who miss out on as little as two hours of sleep a night are four times more likely to get into a car accident than those who sleep a full seven hours per night.

sleepyThe article looks at the data but also the story of a woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in a Missouri car accident near the end of his senior year of high school.  In that crash, her son was driving during the afternoon when his car skidded across three lanes of traffic until it rolled over and flipped multiple times.  The car stopped when it slammed into a tree, and her son was killed. Continue reading

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Actor Jonah Hill has been in a variety of different movies, and is well known for his role in the “Wolf of Wall Street,” in which he starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.  According to a recent news report from People, Hill was involved in a car crash in downtown Los Angeles.

porscheWitnesses have said the 32-year-old actor was the only one in his black Audi sedan when the accident occurred. He was driving when another motorist who was trying to make a turn allegedly did not yield right of way to Hill and slammed into the passenger side of his car.  Continue reading

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Massachusetts State Police (MSP) responded to a car crash in Milton that left two dead and another injured, according to a recent news report from the Boston Herald.  This accident occurred around 3:30 a.m. when a car crashed into a tree at a reportedly high rate of speed.

car accidentWhen first responders arrived at the scene of this fatal car crash, they saw that the victims’ vehicle had been heavily damaged and burst into flames.  Firefighters were able to quickly suppress the blaze, and paramedics went to check on the condition of the victims. Unfortunately, two of the victims had already died when the first responders got to them. Continue reading

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There is no question that distracted driving is a major problem in cities like Boston and across the United States.  While many people may not realize this, it is becoming a bigger problem, in terms of the number of accidents, than drunk driving.  The reason for this is because so many people engage in distracted driving every time they get behind the wheel.

iphoneThere are an increasing number of distractions as technology advances.  While some are obvious, like using a handled smartphone to text, surf the web, or even navigate using Waze or Google Maps, there are many other types that are less obvious.  Continue reading

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When someone gets in a car, they are expected to wear a seat belt.  This is instilled upon us from a young age, and, in case we forget, the car will sound annoying alarms and flash lights to remind us to fasten our seat belts.  This is not only good advice, but it is also the law.

seatbelt-602535-mHowever, this was not always the case.  Seat belts were first used in airplanes for pilots and were unheard of in cars.  This was also at a time when dashboards and steering wheels were made of hard metals and woods instead of padded materials like they are made today for safety.  While it has taken many years to ingrain the need to wear a seat belt, it seems that most people are willing comply.  According to a recent news release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we are now at 90 percent compliance in the United States, which is the highest it has ever been. Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from CBS Local Boston, a pedestrian was crossing the street outside a bar in Brockton, Massachusetts at around 1:30 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle. Following the crash, the driver reportedly fled the scene.

police lineWitnesses said when the car hit the 25-year-old Brockton man, he was thrown into the air.  He was with a group of friends at the nightclub, and the accident happened as the group was leaving the establishment. Continue reading

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Terran Hasslebach now plays a hybrid linebacker and defensive lineman for the top-ten ranked Colorado football team.  His is the son of Super Bowl-winning Harald Hasselbach.  While he hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps and play in the NFL one day, he almost didn’t make on a high school football field due a very serious car accident. That’s according to a recent story from ABC News.

football-kick-1534163In 2010, he was sitting in his father’s BMW when they were hit by another car that was traveling at 60 miles per hour. The driver of the other car had allegedly run a stoplight and then crashed into them at high rate of speed.  His father said he remembers the exact moment of the crash and that there was no time to swerve or to even slow down.  He said he was thinking about his son and thought they might not survive the horrific crash that was about to happen. Continue reading

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A Boston resident recently died in a car accident involving a semi tractor-trailer in Shrewsbury, according to a the Worcester Telegram.  This fatal crash allegedly involved a passenger car crashing into one tractor-trailer and then another that was parked at a local truck stop on Route 20.

truckforwardAuthorities have said the accident occurred just before 1 a.m. when the driver was heading westbound on Route 20 and crashed into a semi-tractor trailer, towing a vehicle owned by the United Parcel Service (UPS).  After hitting the UPS trailer, decedent’s 2007 Infiniti went into a spin.  The vehicle spun over and across the eastbound lanes and then into the parking lot of the adjacent truck stop, where it crashed into the parked trailer. Continue reading

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According to a recent news report from CBS Boston, a driver traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 495 near Boston was killed in a fatal car wreck.  A spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) has said the accident occurred around 2 a.m. and involved a Toyota Corolla being driven by the alleged at-fault driver who was killed and another driver who was traveling in the correct direction.

highway1While police are still investigating and have not concluded why the victim’s car was traveling in the wrong direction, they have said one witness said the car was traveling in the wrong direction.  At this point, he called 911 and turned his vehicle around so he could follow the car that was driving in the wrong direction.  He did this so he could flash his lights and sound his horn in hopes that an oncoming vehicle would be able to see the car more easily.   However, the police dispatcher told him that for his own safety, he should turn around and get off the highway, as troopers were on the way.  The crash happened just after this call ended. Continue reading

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In Massachusetts during the winter, it is common for motorists to encounter deer.  While it is sometimes nice to see these animals, when they are not on the road in front of a car, it can result in a serious car accident.

caraccident3While hitting a deer is often nobody’s fault, the actions a driver takes when a deer jumps out in front of his or her car can be negligent and can result in serious personal injury to others, according to a recent news article from WKBW ABC News 7.  As part of this news piece, a local sheriff was interviewed and discussed what a driver should do when he or she sees a deer jump out in front of the car, and, somewhat more importantly, what that driver should not do. Continue reading