You've probably heard the expression that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That's especially true when it comes to avoiding traumatic brain injuries or death from a bicycle accident. While many of us grew up riding a bike without a helmet, Massachusetts and several other states now require youth 16 and under to don protective head gear when they ride.
In every field of human activity, concepts and categories help to provide order and efficiency. When it comes to dogs, for example, it's clear that some breeds are more dangerous than others.
The weight disparity between a tractor trailer truck and a bicyclist is enormous. Should an accident occur, the person on the bicycle is almost certain to suffer serious personal injuries. It was recently reported that there have been five fatal bicycle accidents in the Boston area, each of them caused by a truck, bus or trolley.
Yesterday, 35 people were injured, including nine with possible head or neck injuries, when two MBTA Green Line trolleys collided around noon. According to reports, the collision occurred when a trolley leaving Park Street Station rear-ended another trolley that was standing still at the Boylston Station platform.
Public transportation in Boston should be safe transportation. When a bus is boarded, one should expect that the driver has not been drinking. When a train passes through an intersection, it should do so with the safety of the train passengers as well as motorists or pedestrians near the tracks.
Halloween in recent years has become an excuse for adults to dress up in costumes and hit the town. Zombie pub crawls are also popular events. This past Halloween the owner of an Allston tattoo shop was struck by an SUV and suffered serious injuries. The SUV driver did not stop.
Cars and bicycles are sharing the roads more and more often in the Boston area. It was recently reported that there has been a 30 percent increase in bicycling during the last two years thanks to 57 miles of new bike lanes and The Hubway bike share program. According to The Hubway's Facebook page, the program was launched last year and includes a fleet of 610 bikes at 61 stations. Despite the increase in riders, the number of accidents has dropped by 25 percent.
Manor Parkway is a short two-lane road that starts at Pelham Road and hits a dead end at the Salem Athletic Club. It is about one block long. One could wonder how an accident could occur on this short little road - and yet an accident occurred that caused a serious head injury for one of the drivers.
It is not difficult to understand how an accident involving a car and a motorcycle can result in serious injuries for the biker. There is little protection other than a helmet, which some do not wear, and leather clothing. According to the Center for Disease and Prevention Control, the highest death and injury rate for motorcyclists is among 20-29 year-olds, followed by 40-54 year-olds.
Mass transportation in Boston dates back to 1631 according to the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. Transportation around the city went from horse and buggies, to cable cars, to the El. Today's system is an interconnected network of busses, rapid transit lines, light rail trackless trolley lines and commuter rail routes. On an average weekday, about 1.3 million people take a trip on the MBTA.