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A Need for Safety as Roadway Fatalities Increase in Massachusetts

A Need for Safety as Roadway Fatalities Increase in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition strives to achieve a goal of zero pedestrian and biker injuries throughout the Commonwealth. As well as reducing the number of vehicle collisions. Although the Vision Zero program to eradicate road fatalities can significantly reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths, some will always occur.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car, pedestrian, or bicycle accident, you, unfortunately, understand the lasting impact it can have on your life. You deserve justice and compensation for your injuries. The personal injury attorneys at Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. have the experience and compassion it takes to help resolve your case. Our attorneys will work around the clock to get you the resolution you desire while allowing you to focus on your recovery.

Car and Pedestrian Crashes in Massachusetts

Traffic accidents are common in Boston and throughout Massachusetts, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. On Boston city roadways, there were an average of 12.1 collisions each day in the most recent year reported.

In a recent article published by the Boston Herald, road safety campaigners laid yellow roses on the State House steps to commemorate the 2,500 lives lost in fatal highway incidents since 2015, urging lawmakers to act on a package of laws aimed at reducing the “human toll of traffic crashes.”

According to the coalition group, 910,149 car and pedestrian crashes have occurred in Massachusetts in the last seven years, killing 2,463 people and seriously injuring 15,700.

Proposed Road Safety Bill

The fatalities and crashes in Massachusetts have only been on the rise in the last 10 years and legislators are trying to find a way to combat this. The new bill purposes a number of safety provisions that will hopefully reduce roadway accidents, those include:

  • Changes to state seat belt laws from a “secondary law” to a “primary law”—would allow officers to pull motorists over for not wearing seatbelts with no additional perquisites or violations.
  • Stronger enforcement of a recently passed law that bans handheld phones while driving.
  • Allowing towns and cities across Massachusetts to install red-light cameras at an intersection.
  • Protections for cyclists and pedestrians by requiring drivers to give bicyclists a minimum of three feet of space while passing them. Additionally, the bill would mandate all state-owned vehicles to have side guards and convex mirrors.
  • Requiring a pathway for e-scooters.
  • Stricter punishments for unlicensed drivers

Similar bills have previously been proposed and have not gone through. However, the proposals here will expand on current laws that have already been enacted and laws that many other states already have in place.

Contact Our Boston Personal Injury Attorneys Today

Roadway accidents can cause severe injuries and even fatalities. It is important to follow all laws and roadway safety signs. However, even when you are being a cautious driver, accidents still occur and some are unavoidable.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian, bicycle, or vehicle accident contact our Boston personal injury attorneys at Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. Call us at 617-698-6000 or send us an email for a free introductory consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.