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Ride-hailing services may contribute to rise in fatal accidents

Ride-hailing services, like Uber and Lyft, are rapidly growing in popularity, especially among those who need a ride home after drinking. It may seem like having more sober drivers and fewer drunk ones on the road would be a good thing. However, Massachusetts residents may be surprised to hear that, according to a study from the University of Chicago, the rise in ride-hailing services correlates to an increase in the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents, not a decrease in them.

The link between road construction and car crashes

Like most people, you may try to find an alternate route anytime you learn of upcoming road construction, and statistically speaking, you may be wise to do so. In addition to being a time-waster and an annoyance, construction zones can be downright dangerous places to drive, and the number of people losing their lives in work zone crashes in America is on the rise.

The problem of incentivizing delivery schedules for truck drivers

It is amazing how quickly businesses can ship and deliver their products to consumers. Whether Massachusetts residents order straight from sellers or use third parties to locate and buy goods, those items can often be delivered to the buyers' doors within a few days. While internet ordering has undoubtedly played a big role in speeding up the time it takes a business to receive a customer's order, delivery companies have also stepped up their schedules to meet the demands of both sellers and buyers.

Motorcyclist flown to hospital after accident

The condition of a Massachusetts motorcyclist is unknown after they were involved in a devastating collision with a car over the Fourth of July holiday. The accident occurred in the late afternoon on the holiday at an intersection in Montague. A car made an abrupt left-hand turn and struck the motorcyclist, who had the right of way at the junction. The car's driver tried to avoid the collision by speeding up but was unsuccessful.

Who can file a wrongful death claim in Massachusetts?

The death of a Massachusetts resident due to an accident may impose significant hardships on their surviving relatives and closely-held loved ones. When an accidental death occurs, it is sometimes possible for a wrongful death action to be filed to help the deceased party's estate recover the losses attributable to the victim's death. However, in Massachusetts, relatives and loved ones are generally not permitted to file a wrongful death action.

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