Alleged Drunk Driver Involved in Road Rage Accident in Plymouth, Massachusetts May Have Caused Similar Accident in Marion
A Woods Hole, Massachusetts was charged by Plymouth Police on Saturday with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to yield after crashing into a car on Red Brook Road and Packard Street according to a report in the “Wicked Local Plymouth.” A Police Captain said that after crashing into the other car, the suspect allegedly staggered out of his vehicle and began yelling at the other driver.
Before police arrived, the suspect fled the scene. While the police were investigating the accident, they learned that the same driver and vehicle were involved in a car crash in Marion, Massachusetts after which he was charged with drunken driving.
In Massachusetts, driving under the influence is not only illegal, it can be very costly for a drunken driver who is also hurt. Read more about how an auto insurance company can refuse to pay medical bills for a driver who is caught driving drunk here.
The Chelmsford Independent reports that a 53-year old Washington State pedestrian was killed when he was struck by a Peterbilt truck on Route 495 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, early Thursday morning. State Police were alerted to the fatality by a motorist reporting that man had been hit by the truck near Exit 34.
According to the Independent, the facts and circumstances of the crash, which includes why the man was walking on the highway and how he got there, are still under investigation by Troop A of the State Police. Assistance was also provided by local Chelmsford Police and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
A twenty year old Norton, Massachusetts woman admitted in a text to a friend that she was drunk before she got into her car to drive home. Moments later, she crashed into another car and injured two victims, according to a report in the NY Daily News.
The story in the Daily reports that the under age driver was making her way home along a windnig road in Attleboro, Massachusetts at about 3:30 am. Before getting in her car, she allegedly sent a text stating “ah so drunk gonna go home to sleep by myself because I love and only want to stay with you.”
The two victims were traveling in the opposite lane and realized that the drunken driver was driving in their lane. The victim told NBC 10 that she flashed her high-beams at the driver to try and get her attention, but she just continued driving and hit them head-on.
Police who arrived on the scene allege that the driver had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit in Massachusetts.
The other injured victim reportedly told another news outlet that “you definitely shouldn’t text and drive…and, you definitely shouldn’t text someone that you’re drunk and then drive.”
The drunk driver plead not guilty to charges of driving under the influence and driving to endanger.
SouthCoast drivers have another 15 months to look forward to lane shifting, detours, closed ramps, and traffic jams along the interchange at Routes 140 and 195 in New Bedford. After about 24 months, SouthCoastToday reports that the construction is only 55% complete. The new target completion date is September 19, 2011.
Not only has this road work been a nuisance for commuters, but it has become dangerous for countless drivers passing through the New Bedford and Dartmouth areas. Mass State police have not released the crash statistics related to this construction area, however they have stated that the majority of accidents at this site are caused by drivers stopping at the stop signs at the entrance ramps, inching forward, and getting rear-ended.
A recent rear-ender accident between an automobile and an Atlas moving truck at this interchange briefly trapped 4 people and hampered mid-day traffic.
With new ramp closures and detours everyday at this dangerous interchange, drivers need to be prepared for anything and extremely vigilant. Practicing safe and responsible driving is the best way to avoid accidents, especially in unavoidable areas under construction. For five helpful safety tips to help you avoid construction related car accidents just click here.
The New Bedford accident lawyers for the SouthCoast at Phillips & Garcia have successfully represented drivers from New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth and Taunton who have been involved in serious highway interchange and on-ramp accidents throughout the SouthCoast. If you have questions about a possible claim, please contact us; we’re ready to help you!
Source: SouthCoastToday.com and MassHighway
Last week a Somerville woman jumped from her car after it suddenly accelerated beyond her control. Fortunately she survived with only scrapes, bruises, and a few chipped teeth. The brave Somerville driver did many of the right things: she called the police, tried her emergency brake, pumped the breaks, honked, and turned on her hazard lights. Only after these attempts failed, did she heroically steer her car away from other drivers and decided to tuck and roll out of the car before impact.
So, what should you do if your car suddenly accelerates out of control? Here are a few tips:
- Stay Calm! Don’t let your panic take over.
- Take your foot off the gas pedal and make sure your cruise control is off.
- Notice how the brake pedal feels. – If it feels soft and goes to the floor – try pumping the brakes, you could just be low on brake fluid. If it feels hard and doesn’t move – feel if there is something between the brake pedal and the floor
- Pump your brakes. DO NOT ride your brakes, especially if going down a hill.
- Shift into neutral or a lower gear.
- Use the emergency brake.
- Pay attention to the road and continue to steer.
- Warn drivers and pedestrians. This can be done by turning on your hazard lights, honk your horn repeatedly.
- Turn off the ignition while pressing on the break.
- Look for a safe place to pull over – or crash.
- Try calling the police.
In the case of the Somerville woman, witnesses to the accident said that they were aware something was wrong because of her honking and her erratic driving. It is unclear whether the acceleration problems in her Honda Civi are similar to the problems that caused the recent recalls for Toyota and now the car may be too damaged to determine the cause of the brake failure. Yet her quick and prudent decision making allowed her to keep others safe.
A serious accident between an Atlas Van Lines truck and a car that occurred at approximately 12:00 pm today at the interchange of Route 195 and Route 140 in New Bedford highlights the extreme danger of the ongoing construction in that area.
The accident, which backed up Route 195 eastbound mid-day traffic, appeared to have happened on the off ramp from Route 195 east to Route 140 north. The car was wedged beneath the Atlas Van Lines truck. State Police were at the scene and temporarily closed the ramp.
The interchange has been a source of frustration for local residents who use Routes 195 and 140 because of the ongoing construction which creates a dangerous lane shift and also forces travelers to stop at the end of on-ramps onto Route 195 from Route 140. The accident serves to underscore how dangerous the interchange has become and how drivers must remain diligent and cautious when driving through the area.
Sardis City, Alabama – Sardis City High School students learned first-hand the dangers of texting and driving while taking part in a CBS “Early Show” segment aired on t.v. today. The students participated in a texting and driving obstacle course set up at the school. Students were required to drive a golf-cart through a series of cones while texting at the same time.
CBS correspondent, Michelle Miller, interviewed several of the students including, Madison Golden, a Sardis junior whose story about an auto accident that she had while texting in 2008 was among a series of stories on the topic that appeared in the Gadsden Times.
The obstacle course exercise will be expanded to all high schools in Etowah County next year according to Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Jon Paul Campbell.
New Bedford, MA – The City Council voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of new local ordinance that bans drivers from texting, sending or reading an electronic message while operating within City limits. The ordinance must now be sent for approval by the Mayor, Scott W. Lang. Mayor Lang has indicated that he fully supports the ban on texting, so he is expected to sign the ordinance into law.
Violators of the new ban on texting will face a $100 fine for the first offense, $200 for a second offense and a $300 fine for all subsequent offenses.
On the state level, legislation that would ban texting while driving across the Commonwealth passed both chambers of the Legislature, but was sent to a conference committee to work out the differences between the two versions. As of this news report, the bills remain in conference committee.
The serious dangers of texting while driving were emphasized recently when a Texas jury ordered a Texas A&M college student to pay $22 million in damages for the death of a Baylor University biochemistry major which was caused by texting while driving. According to news reports, evidence was presented during the trial jury found that Reed Vestal had received 15 text messages and made 7 phone calls during the 45 minutes leading up to the accident.
Lawyers in Texas said the damages awarded to the family of Megan Small, who was 21 when she died, and Laura Gleffe, the driver of another car that was run off the road in the accident, may be the most a jury has handed out in Robertson County, Texas.
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Common accidents include, but are not limited to:
— single-car accidents;
— accidents due to hazardous road conditions; and
— accidents caused by distracted drivers.
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