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Massachusetts Faces Hurdles in Achieving 'Vision Zero' Goal

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Transportation officials in Massachusetts have a dream of roads that are 100 percent safe. Imagine never having to worry about crashes or receiving news that a loved one was in a serious car accident.

Officials use the phrase “Vision Zero,” an approach that started in Sweden and was adopted in the United States over 10 years ago. The approach includes the following actions:

  • Education: Increasing public awareness about safe driving practices and the importance of following traffic laws.
  • Enforcement: Strengthening law enforcement efforts to deter dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence.
  • Improved Car Safety: Promoting advancements in vehicle technology to enhance safety features and reduce the likelihood of accidents.
  • Improved Road Design: Redesigning roadways to minimize hazards, improve traffic flow, and create safer environments for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

The key question remains: Is it working in Massachusetts? While there have been strides in reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries, the journey toward 100 percent safe roads is ongoing.

‘Vision Zero’ offers an approach to make streets safer, but injuries and fatalities persist

Unfortunately, “Vision Zero” is not working in Massachusetts, according to a CBS News Boston report. Continuous efforts and community involvement are essential to achieving this ambitious goal. However, last year, 2,735 accidents with serious injuries or deaths were reported in Massachusetts.

But it’s not just the Bay State; traffic crashes are on the rise across the country despite $2.4 billion spent on Vision Zero programs, CBS reports. Some safety measures work. For example, according to CBS, flashing yellow lights at turns appears to be reducing the number of accidents. Safety advocates say cities and towns should not give up and should take action to reduce accidents.

What can you do to stay safe on the road?

Many car accidents are preventable with the right precautions and mindset. Here are some tips to help you make safer decisions on the road.

  • Avoid Distractions: Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents. Don’t use a phone while operating a vehicle, as it slows your reaction time and prevents you from reacting to road hazards or changes in traffic.
  • Stay Focused: Avoid eating, drinking, or any other activities that take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road.
  • Stay sober behind the wheel: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs your ability to make quick decisions and react to road conditions.
  • Slow down: Speeding is a major factor in traffic accidents and increases the severity of injuries in crashes. Adhere to speed limits, adjust for conditions, and keep a safe distance.
  • Be Aware of Your Surroundings: Constant awareness of your surroundings can prevent many accidents, including those involving pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.

Making safer driving decisions not only protects you but also ensures the safety of everyone on the road. Remember, even small choices can have significant impacts. By following these tips, you can reduce your risk of accidents and contribute to a safer driving environment.

What to do after an accident in MA

Serious accidents continue to happen in Massachusetts. Sometimes, even the most cautious driver can be involved in a crash through no fault of their own.

If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being injured in an accident that was someone else's fault, don't hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone for legal help. Proudly serving all of Massachusetts, our personal injury attorneys have experience handling all types of car accident cases.

Don’t try to handle an insurance claim on your own if you are facing a serious injury or lost a loved one. Crashes can turn into complex legal matters. The other driver’s insurance company might deny wrongdoing or downplay the injuries. You may be offered a settlement that doesn’t begin to cover the full extent of your losses.

Let our firm guide you and help you fight for a fair settlement. If you have been injured in a Massachusetts accident, contact us for a free consultation. Tell them you mean business!

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