No one needs to tell those of us in Boston (or anywhere else in Massachusetts) about snow. Our recent blizzard was as big and bad as blizzards can be.
Ever feel frustrated at seeing litter strewn across the road? How about driving along and hoping that the floating plastic bag weaving across the freeway isn't stuck to the front of your cars grill? If that much litter bothers you, you probably wanted to avoid I-93 North for a while as a recent crash left roughly 94,000 pounds of trash spilled across three lanes.
At 2:45 in the morning, the intersection of Saratoga and Park Streets in Lawrence would probably be fairly quiet. It is a primarily residential neighborhood, with a few small business establishments dotting the corners.
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.
Hazel Road is a short road that dead ends at Route 111 just east of Hampstead. An accident at that location sent two people to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. What happened in the two-car crash has not yet been determined.
Have you ever been driving on a freeway in Boston, when the traffic slows considerably, so you think there is an accident up ahead? You crawl along in traffic and then a short time later, the traffic simply picks up and you're moving at normal speeds again. There was no crash. There wasn't anyone changing a tire. The lanes weren't closed for construction.
In Boston and elsewhere, when there are no witnesses to a single-car accident, accident reconstruction experts are sometimes used to help determine the timing and nature of the events which led to the accident. The reconstruction expert would attempt to discover the speed of the car and whether the driver took proper evasive or defensive actions.
Typically when a car and a motorcycle are involved in an accident, the motorcyclist is the driver with more serious injuries, but is not the one who caused the accident. Recently on Pine Hills, just outside of Manomet, a motorcyclist lost control of his bike and was in a collision with a sedan. In this case, the motorcyclist seems to have caused the accident that resulted in serious personal injuries for the biker, and less serious injuries for the driver of the sedan.
In Boston we may not like to think of our local police force as misbehaving or having the same types of problems that others among us may have. However, it happens. Police officers make mistakes and do not behave as they should -- sometimes with serious consequences.
Speed limit postings on residential streets in Massachusetts can be as low 15 miles per hour in a school zone to as much as 40 miles per hour or more. Motorists are required to follow the speed limits, but they are also supposed to drive for the existing weather conditions. Drivers should also have safe distances between themselves and the car in front of them so they can stop without running into car in front.