Many people as of now have heard about the wrong-way collision earlier this week on Route 496 in Middleborough, which killed all occupants of both vehicles – 5 people in total. They included the 31 year-old drive of the vehicle driving the wrong way on Route 495, and the 4 occupants of the vehicle that she hit. Those 4 occupants were college students from schools in the Worcester area.
There’s been some talk lately about how, on a statistical level, wrong-way motor vehicle crashes or head-on car crashes are fairly rare. On a purely statistical level, that’s true: These type of motor vehicle accidents amounted to just 3 percent of crashes on divided highways recently, killing about 360 people every year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.) But while those numbers may not seem so high, here’s another truth: These types of motor vehicle accidents are, statistically, far more fatal than other types of car accidents. In my long career as a Massachusetts highway accident attorney, I’ve seen the reality of this on an up-close, more often than I care to say. The reasons for this are just a few, but very powerful: Continue reading