Over the past few years, the City of Boston has led the way in the campaign to reduce speed limits and save lives in Massachusetts. According to the City of Boston's Vision Zero campaign, pedestrians have a 20 percent chance of being killed in a pedestrian accident caused by a driver traveling at 30 mph. The number drops to 12 percent when drivers are traveling 25 mph.
Boston petitioned the state Legislature for the authority to lower speed limits and this resulted in the passage of the Municipal Modernization Act, which allowed communities to lower the statutory speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph in thickly settled or business districts.
According to the MassDOT website
, more than 40 communities across the state have lowered speeds, including Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Revere, Quincy and Somerville.
Speeding Accidents Caused by Commercial Trucks, Tractor-Trailers and Buses
Large vehicles cause 1,115 deadly crashes each year, according to federal statistics. Speed plays a role in many of these truck accidents. Trucks and large vehicles have a responsibility to follow speed limits and traffic signs, and slow down when appropriate in weather and traffic conditions. Trucks require specialized training to operate because they are heavier than other vehicles and braking takes longer.
In 2016, the Chicago Tribune reported the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had proposed capping speed limits to 60, 65 or 68 mph for trucks and large vehicles. The agencies wanted to place an electronic device on new vehicles weighing over 26,000 pounds that would prevent truck drivers from speeding. There were several objections to the proposal, though the agencies presented some critical facts to support slower speeds. They said lowering the speed limit for heavy vehicles to 60 mph could save 498 lives each year. A 65 mph speed limit could save 214 lives. Even a 68 mph speed limit would save 96 lives, along with other non-fatal injuries.
Our law firm is known for our work representing those who have been injured by negligent truck drivers or tractor-trailers. We obtained a $3 million settlement for one client. In 2008, she was hit by an 18-wheel truck which crossed the center line and struck her vehicle. In this case, we oversaw a very thorough investigation, including disassembly of the truck's steering gear. The disassembly was critical because it found markings which supported the driver's claims that the steering may have locked. Our firm later brought claims against the driver and the truck owner. In turn, the defendants brought claims against the truck manufacturer and steering manufacturer.
What to Do If You Have Been Injured by a Speeding Vehicle
If you have been injured, make sure you receive medical treatment for your injuries. After that, we urge you to contact an attorney. Speeding car accidents
often result in serious personal injuries as well as substantial damage to motor vehicles and property. There can be short-term injuries, such as broken bones and lacerations. Or there can be permanent or long-term injuries, such as head injuries
, spinal cord injuries or paralysis. Injuries can require extensive medical treatment over a prolonged period. Those injured in motor vehicle accidents
may be unable to return to work or enjoy their normal daily routine for several months or longer.
After a car accident, police will interview witnesses and perform an accident reconstruction investigation. It is to your advantage to hire an experienced car accident attorney
during the investigation.
Contact the Boston Car Accident Lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck
If you have been involved in a Massachusetts car accident
, you may be entitled to recover damages such as lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering from the driver’s insurance policy. You have a limited period of time to file a claim so it is critical to contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. For a free legal consultation, contact us at 800-379-1244
or use our contact form