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October 12, 2016

Restaurant Crash Injures Three

If you were to have gone for a late night bite to eat at the Square Café in Hingham on the last Friday of August, you would have been in for something unexpected with your crab cakes and sautéed Maine mussels. Just before 10 p.m. that night, a pickup truck hopped the sidewalk and crashed through […]
October 5, 2016

Boston Tunnel Crash Ends in Fatality

A New Hampshire man was killed and two others were injured recently in a single-vehicle crash in the Sumner Tunnel heading south into Boston. The crash took place just after 3:00 a.m. on August 26 when a pickup truck the three were riding in crashed for reasons which have yet to be determined. The survivors were […]
October 3, 2016

Hit-and-Run Leaves Milford Woman Dead

A sixty-five-year-old Milford woman who was known and well-regarded around town for her service as a constable was killed earlier this month when a large truck struck her as she was walking down the street. The driver left the scene, but later turned himself in. It’s not clear that any charges will be filed, as the […]
September 28, 2016

Boston Harbor Cruise Ship Crashes at Pier

In August, several dozen people enjoying a harbor cruise out of Boston got a scare when the ship they were on pulled into the dock at Long Wharf, next to the New England Aquarium. As it was making its final maneuvers, the vessel Regency, operated by Boston Harbor Cruises, experienced a mechanical problem that prevented it […]
September 24, 2016

Bus and Van Accidents Getting Attention

A spate of crashes and accidents involving buses and vans around Boston has brought the safety of larger vehicles to the fore this past month. We remind drivers to be mindful when they’re on the road, as larger vehicles—trucks, buses, vans, and even light trucks and SUVs—inherently pose more danger than passenger cars. Their size and […]
September 17, 2016

Texting and Driving Tickets Continue to Rise

The number of traffic violations issued for texting and driving in Massachusetts continues to grow as state and local police recognize the problem of distracted driving as increasingly more and more serious. The state is still a long way away from serious enforcement, however, and distracted driving, especially attributed to cell phone use, is on the […]
September 7, 2016

Boston Lowering Speed Limits to Save Lives

Can lower speed limits really have an effect on traffic safety? The city of Boston thinks so. That’s why it’s been pushing for a reduced speed limit on city streets for the past few years. But changing a speed limit isn’t as simple as putting up a new sign with a smaller number on it, and […]
August 25, 2016

Vision Zero Boston Aiming to Improve Pedestrian Safety

Boston has a problem with serious traffic injuries and fatalities, especially those involving pedestrians, and it’s doing something about it. As part of a larger plan to reduce car crashes and improve the city’s transportation infrastructure, Mayor Walsh announced in 2015 that Boston will adopt Vision Zero, a program dedicated to eventually eliminating traffic fatalities in […]
August 17, 2016

Duck Tour Safety Rules Not Yet Tightened

Last month the Massachusetts Senate approved a bill which would have increased safety features on duck boats and similar tour vehicles. The proposals were in direct response to an April crash near Boston Common which killed a twenty-eight-year-old woman on a scooter and injured her passenger. A second crash in July, in which a woman suffered […]
August 9, 2016

Crash into House Raises Alarm

When we think of car accidents, the images that come to mind include minor fender benders, head-on collisions, and all sorts of crashes involving cars and trucks at traffic lights, stop signs, and intersections. We might think of cars hitting (or being hit by) trucks, or even cars hitting bicyclists or pedestrians. But car crashes include […]
August 6, 2016

Cyclist Crash Brings Both Calls and Promises for Action

A recent crash on a Cambridge street that turned fatal for a bicyclist has led to promises by that city to do more to protect the growing number of cyclists on its streets. At the same time, cycling advocates are pushing for additional action, some of which the city has promised before but been slow to […]
July 27, 2016

Boston Drivers – Worst in the US?

We joke about it all the time: just how bad the drivers are in Boston and eastern Massachusetts. Older drivers sometimes comment that stop signs are simply suggestions, or point out that right-of-way is determined by which driver’s car is worth the least. The long-standing insult for Bay State drivers used by those from out of […]
January 15, 2018
Snow and Ice Removal Liability in Massachusetts

Snow and Ice Removal Liability in Massachusetts

Many residents of eastern Mass are still digging out from last week’s storm, which hit the East Coast from Florida to Maine hard and left more than a foot of snow across much of New England. Schools and businesses were closed, public transit operated on a reduced schedule, and the governor encouraged residents to stay home […]
December 28, 2017
Winter’s Here: Be Prepared for the Conditions

Winter’s Here: Be Prepared for the Conditions

Eastern Mass has seen its first couple of snowfalls this season, and while there haven’t yet been any big storms, it’s likely that this winter will bring a few. Boston sees about twenty-two days with snowfall in an average winter, and, in the last fifteen years, we’ve only had one winter without at least one storm […]
December 12, 2017

Sweet Tomatoes Ruling Finally Near

The driver behind the wheel when a car crashed into a pizza restaurant in Newton, killing two and injuring seven, may soon face a sentence. After a series of delays that have dragged the case out for well over a year and a half, a judge this month rejected requests from both the prosecution and the […]
December 1, 2017
Dracut Building Crashes Raise Eyebrows

Dracut Building Crashes Raise Eyebrows

One vehicle crashing into a building might be viewed as a misfortune. Two vehicles crashing into buildings in the same town—in just over a week—begins to look like carelessness. The residents of Dracut, nestled between the Merrimack River and the New Hampshire border north of Lowell, might be wondering why such misfortune has visited their normally […]
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