Brockton Car Accidents
Brockton, MA has 17 of the 200 most dangerous intersections in the state of Massachusetts, according to Enterprise News. The ranking of dangerous roadways is based on a state report on traffic accidents between 2008 and 2010. More than 90 collisions occurred at the Intersection of Pleasant and West Street in Brockton over those three years, causing 31 injuries.
While these intersections may be among the most dangerous statewide, the reality is that an accident can happen anywhere. Collisions in Brockton routinely occur because of driver negligence or a failure to follow safety rules. When an accident happens, a Brockton car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman can provide legal assistance to victims or surviving family members.Brockton Drivers Face Risks on the Roads
In 2011, there were three fatal accidents in Brockton, MA. According to City Data, these fatal collisions involved seven vehicles and resulted in three deaths, including the loss of one pedestrian life. This was one more fatal collision that occurred in the city in 2010. The fatal accident count for Brockton was 3.2 fatalities per 100,000 members of the population, which was lower than the Massachusetts average of 7.4 deaths per 100,000 people.
Brockton is served by major highways including Massachusetts Route 24, which is a six-lane divided motorway. Brockton also has its own bus service that is operated by the Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT). The city has a population of 93,810 people and is the seventh largest city in Massachusetts. With an average wind speed of 14.3 miles per hour, Brockton is also known for being one of the windiest cities in the entire United States.
Wind, along with other adverse weather including snow and rain, can increase the risk of auto accidents occurring. Other top causes of motor vehicle collisions include:
- Distracted driving, which resulted in 3,360 fatalities nationwide in 2011 according to Distraction.gov.
- Drowsy driving, which causes an estimated 1,550 deaths annually according to Drowsy Driving.org.
- Drunk driving, which causes around 28 deaths per day in the United States according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Mass.gov reports a total of 349 fatalities and 4,382 serious injuries in108,379 statewide motor vehicle accidents in 2012. If drivers would stop engaging in these and other dangerous behaviors, like speeding or failing to follow the rules of the road, lives could be saved.Getting Help from A Brockton Car Accident Lawyer
If a motor vehicle collision is the fault of another driver, victims are entitled to receive compensation from the person who caused the crash. Victims of motor vehicle accidents may also pursue a claim against a government agency responsible for a failure to properly maintain roads or against a car manufacturer if vehicle defects are the cause of the crash.
A car accident lawyer can help those who have been harmed to pursue a claim for damages and recover monetary compensation for their losses.
Schedule your free consultation with a Brockton car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman. Call (617) 367-2900 or contact us online.