Salem Car Accident

In Salem, Massachusetts, there were three motor vehicle accident fatalities in 2011. These deaths happened in three different accidents involving four people and four vehicles. One pedestrian was involved in the deadly collisions, as reported by City Data. In 2010, just one fatal collision occurred and one death resulted. The accident in 2010 involved an intoxicated driver.

The Salem, MA police department is part of the FFY 2014 Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant Program. The goal of this program is to reduce the number of drivers aged 20 or under who are involved in fatal collisions. As part of this effort, officers are engaging in reverse stings in shops and clubs where officers stop anyone who looks to be 21 or under who is consuming or attempting to purchase alcohol. Officers have also put together both surveillance and party patrols to respond quickly to possible underage drinking.

When a driver is drunk and causes a crash, victims injured or surviving family members can pursue a claim for personal injury or wrongful death. Because impaired driving is illegal, proving that the drunk motorist was to blame can be somewhat straightforward. For many other car accident cases, however, it can be much more difficult to prove who was responsible for the crash. A Salem car accident lawyer can represent those who need help to make a strong case for compensation after a crash. Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today to learn more.

Salem Car Accident Risks

According to the Salem Police Department, downtown Salem intersections that are prone to gridlock include:

  • Washington Street & New Derby Street in the Riley Plaza area.
  • Norman Street and Margin Street in the Riley Plaza area.
  • Summer Street and Norman Street.
  • Essex Street and Washington Street at Lappin Park.

The Salem PD warns that “Gridlock leads to ripple effect traffic back-ups in other intersections, forces pedestrians out of the crosswalk and into travel lanes, adds to frustration and incidents of road rage and can delay emergency vehicles quick passage to answer emergency calls.”

Drivers injured due to problems with roads may be able to pursue a claim against those responsible for road design. Others who can be sued after a crash include drivers of other vehicles if they contributed to the crash, as well as the manufacturer of the vehicle if the car was defective.

Getting Help from a Salem Car Accident Lawyer

Drivers between the ages of 15 and 24 are more likely to die from motor vehicle collisions than any other cause according to Mass.gov. As many as 26 percent of all Massachusetts deaths resulting from collisions involved people between the ages of 15 and 24. Collisions also caused 33 percent of injury-related fatalities for young adults in this age group.

No matter the age of the victim, it is important to realize that a car accident can forever change lives. Victims and their families have just one chance to pursue a claim for damages and they should get the legal help they need to put together the strongest possible case.

Schedule your free consultation with a Salem car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman. Call (617) 367-2900 or contact us online.

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