Large truck accident long-term statistics and trends

The big picture looks better than the small picture. Between 2002 and 2012, the number of large trucks involved in traffic fatalities plummeted 17 percent nationwide, from 4,587 to 3,802. During the same time, the number of trucks in non-fatal accidents also dropped from 94,000 to 77,000 – an 18 percent dip. Overall, it seems Boston drivers should feel safer when they travel next to tractor-trailers on Massachusetts roads. But, according to a 2012 report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large truck involvement in fatal and injury accidents took an about face between 2011 and 2012. Fatal crashes Continue Reading

Should a Boston truck accident victim agree to a settlement?

The answer to this question varies from case to case. That’s not a purposely evasive response. No two motor vehicle collisions are the same and none may be more complex than a truck accident. The injuries victims suffer when large trucks are involved in a Massachusetts crash can be catastrophic, disabling and life-threatening. The costs of treating serious injuries, surgeries, rehabilitation and extended care are staggering. Combined with wage losses, damage to a family’s finances can be permanent. A liability lawsuit may be a truck accident victim’s best option to recover compensation from a negligent party. There is a way Continue Reading

Man survives vehicle rollover; killed in semi-truck accident

When you get into a car accident, the first thing you probably do is get out of your vehicle. For one Massachusetts man, the decision to get out of his vehicle after it crashed into a guardrail, rolled over and stopped in the center lane was a fatal one. The accident happened on Route 90 when a 26-year-old man and his 25-year-old passenger got out of the wrecked truck. Neither man was seriously hurt in the rollover, but the driver of the rolled truck was killed when he was struck by a tractor-trailer that was passing by. The tractor-trailer also Continue Reading

Massachusetts boy killed in dump truck accident

A 7-year-old Massachusetts boy was riding his bicycle when he was hit by a dump truck. The boy was riding his bike with his mother when the accident occurred at the intersection of Crown Street and Montgomery Street in Westfield, Massachusetts. It is unclear whether negligence on the part of either the driver was involved. According to a witness, the boy was riding with his mother in tow a little after 3:30 in the afternoon when the truck accident occurred. The boy apparently collided with the dump truck, which, according to a statement from the police, was carrying a load Continue Reading

Wrong-way driver causes multiple injuries on I-495

Just after midnight on Feb. 1, the driver of a pick-up truck crashed into two other vehicles on the interstate in Massachusetts. The 24-year-old driver of the truck was headed southbound on the northbound side of Interstate 495 when he struck the other automobiles and caused the motor vehicle accident. One of the drivers did not receive injuries serious enough to warrant immediate transportation to the hospital; the other driver’s injuries were more serious, and she was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. The wrong-way driver was seriously injured and transported to a Boston hospital for treatment. After state Continue Reading