According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), traffic accidents are a public health concern in the United States, and a serious issue in Massachusetts. Car crashes are among the leading causes of severe injuries and death, killing nearly 100 people every day. Although fatality rates are improving slowly, it is still considerably higher than other developed nations. Many factors contribute to the outcome of a Massachusetts car accident. These factors include the driver and passenger’s age, the use of seat belts and restraints, the driver’s impairment level, and whether the accident involves pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.
In the last full reporting year, CDC data indicates that 400 people died in a Massachusetts car accident. In 2020, there has already been close to 76,000 reported crashes and 286 fatalities. Nearly 1000 of these accidents involved pedestrians, and 824 involved bicyclist collisions. Although the overall number of accidents decreases slightly, the rate of fatal accidents remains similar to past reporting years.
The majority of these accidents involve motorists between the ages of 25 and 34, followed by those between 35 and 44. However, there is a significant number of crashes where the driver’s ages are unknown. Over 2000 passenger vehicle occupants died in a Massachusetts motor vehicle accident in the last reporting year. Many fatalities occurred because the driver or passenger was not wearing a seat belt or other restraint. Massachusetts law and policymakers encourage and require motorists to use these safety restraints, as they are a proven way to reduce an accident’s severity. Wearing a seat belt and buckling children into age and weight appropriate booster seats can reduce the risk for severe injury and death by 50%. In Massachusetts, seat belt laws are secondary, and cover drivers and passengers over 13 years old. Further, child restraint laws require that children seven years old and younger are buckled in a car or booster seat.
The CDC also found that alcohol-impairment was the cause of over 1,000 Massachusetts car accident fatalities. Over 10,000 people in the United States die each year in an accident involving an impaired driver. It is illegal to drive in Massachusetts with a blood alcohol content level (BAC) at or above .08%. Although many federal and state programs have worked to curb the impaired driving rate, millions of alcohol-impaired drivers continue to get behind the wheel each year. Compared to the national average of 1.7%, 2.5% of Massachusetts drivers report driving after drinking too much.
Many motor vehicle crashes and injuries are preventable; it is important that that injury victims consult with an attorney to discuss their rights and remedies in these cases.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Massachusetts Car Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries or wrongful death in a Massachusetts car accident, contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein And Affiliates P.C. The attorneys at our law firm have over 25 years of experience advocating on behalf of Massachusetts injury victims against big insurance companies, negligent government entities, and at-fault motorists. Through our diligent representation and strong legal skills, our attorneys have recovered significant amounts of compensation for our clients for injuries related to car, truck, and bicycle accidents, instances of medical malpractice, slip-and-falls, and wrongful death claims. Contact our office at 800-262-9200, to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at our law firm.