Quincy Avenue in Quincy, Massachusetts has two lanes going in either direction. There are sidewalks on either side of the road, but to cross the road there are widely spaced crosswalks at busy intersections.
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.
For those in the northeast, it may be nearing the end of motorcycling season. It is not as pleasant out and roads can be slippery with rain or ice at this time of year. A recent motorcycle accident illustrates that although other motorists frequently are the cause of motorcycle crashes, a single-motorcycle accident is also a frequent occurrence.
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.
Sharpners Pond Road from the Google map aerial view looks like a fun road to ride for a motorcyclist. It winds gently through wooded neighborhoods. This time of year it might be a great spot to view the fall colors.
A car crash in Brockton's East Side last week resulted in the death of a 49-year-old woman. The collision occurred during a police chase, where the suspect's car pushed the car of the victim into oncoming traffic at the intersection of Centre and Quincy streets, killing her. There were five other vehicles involved in the car crash and there were several injuries. He has been ordered held on $250,000 bail for a manslaughter charge.
Whenever someone dies in a car accident, it is a tragic loss for the surviving family members. That tragedy can be compounded however by the circumstances of the victim's life. When someone is a member of the armed services, it does not seem just. If the victim has a young child, the tragedy gains extra poignancy.
Our Boston readers no doubt understand that when a car, bus or truck strikes a pedestrian, serious injuries can result. It is not uncommon for a pedestrian accident to be fatal. It is also not uncommon for pedestrians to be struck by a motor vehicle, when the pedestrian has the right of way.
If anyone could have acted to save the life of a 38-year-old man from Whitman, it would likely have been the Whitman fire chief. The 43-year-old firefighter knew exactly who to call, even though he was off duty.
Four 19-year-olds were riding in a 1998 Ford Explorer1998 Ford Explorer. All four were from Plymouth. All four were injured in a car accident, although just one succumbed to his injuries.