Approximately 87,000 Massachusetts drivers have been in at least two motor vehicle accidents from 2002 through June 2007. 8,400 of these drivers have been in three crashes. Some 1,100 were in four auto collisions. Some 220 people have been in at least five accidents. Yet a number of these drivers continue to return to the roads. There are 4.7 million Massachusetts drivers.
The Boston Globe looked at 750,000 accident records from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. According to the study:
• Males are more frequently involved in motor vehicle accidents than females.
• Drivers 25 years of age and under are involved in 30% of the crashes.
• Fridays, after midnight, and after rush hour are the times when accidents are most likely to occur.
According to state and public safety officials, common causes of motor vehicle accidents in Massachusetts include:
• Negligence • Aggressive driving
• Driver inexperience • Bad road designs • Bad weather
In one recent deadly hit and run accident, the driver, Craig P. Bigos had at least six tickets and two motor vehicle crashes on his driving record. He was also driving with an expired license. Bigos allegedly hit a 13-year-old pedestrian while text messaging. He faces a motor vehicle homicide charge.
In 2004, a repeat offender heading to a methadone clinic struck a 55-year-old man in Kingston. In 2005, a 76-year-old Upton farmer, who has been in five accidents in six years, drove his tractor into a truck driven be an off-duty cop.
Accidents waiting to happen, Boston.com, February 10, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
2004-2006 Massachusetts Crash Statistics
The people who suffer the most in car crashes, bus accidents, truck collisions, and pedestrian accidents are usually the ones who had nothing to do with causing the accidents. The injuries, deaths, and pain and suffering of the victims and their loved ones cannot be measured. They can, however, speak to a Massachusetts personal injury lawyer to determine whether they are entitled to receive compensation for the harm that was done to them.
Contact the Boston, Massachusetts-based law firm of Altman & Altman LLP today to speak with one of our experienced auto accident attorneys.