There are hundreds of fatal traffic accidents that occur in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts every year. In fact, over a period of three years (2010, 2011, and 2012), the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security reports that there were more than 1,000 car accident fatalities, and countless more injuries.
This rate of fatality is unacceptable, and more creative solutions need to be implemented to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities in our state. One such solution may very well be the implementation of more comprehensive state safety laws, as well as more enforcement of such laws.
Study Suggests that State Safety Regulations Affect Accident and Injury Rate
According to a new study conducted by a research team at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the rate of child traffic deaths varies widely on a state-by-state basis, and the reason may very well have something to do with each state’s laws. To be sure, the rate of child traffic deaths is 3.2 per 100,000 in Mississippi, compared to a low 0.25 deaths per 100,000 in Massachusetts.
Some important safety laws that appear to have a direct correlation with a reduced number of child traffic accident deaths include laws requiring child restraints, and the usage of red-light cameras. Child traffic deaths are higher in states with a higher frequency of crashes on rural roads, and in instances where children were improperly restrained. Researchers concluded that stricter enforcement of safety laws, especially child restraint laws, could be a critical factor in the reduction of car accident-related child deaths. In fact, researchers suggest that by increasing child restraint use by just 10 percent across the nation, more than 1,500 children’s lives could potentially be saved over a five-year period of time.
Did the Violation of a Safety Law Contribute to Your Lynn Car Accident?
Violations of child restraint laws are not the only safety laws that are breached on a regular basis. Speeding, running red lights, driving after drinking, or texting while driving are all violations of safety laws in Massachusetts. If you have been involved in a car accident caused by breach of a safety law, you may be able to file a civil action against the at-fault driver alleging negligence per se, or negligence based on breaking a law, ordinance, or statute.
Our Experienced Lynn Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
When negligence or negligence per se is the cause of your car accident, our experienced Lynn car accident attorneys at the offices of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law are ready to fight for you. Deborah Gold-Alexander has over 30 years’ experience representing car accident victims in our state, and will work hard to get you the money you deserve to compensate you as a result of sustaining injuries in an accident. For a free consultation, call our law offices right now at 781-289-4235, or fill out our online form with your information.