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Accident statistics in Massachusetts

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Personal Injury

Accidents involving cars, trucks and motorcycles in Massachusetts occur frequently and often have severe consequences.

Understanding the statistics behind these accidents helps reveal why certain vehicles might be more prone to crashes.

Accident involving cars

According to Mass.gov, there have been more than 41,000 motor vehicle crashes in 2024. The majority of accidents in Massachusetts involve cars. In 2023, there were over 100,000 reported car crashes in the state. These accidents resulted in numerous injuries and fatalities. Cars are more likely to be in accidents due to their sheer numbers on the road. With more cars driving every day, the likelihood of collisions increases significantly.

Accidents involving trucks

Trucks, while involved in fewer accidents compared to cars, often cause more severe outcomes. There were around 10,000 truck accidents in Massachusetts in 2023. Trucks, due to their large size and weight, can cause significant damage in a collision. Factors contributing to truck accidents include driver fatigue, longer stopping distances and blind spots. These factors make trucks particularly dangerous on highways and in busy traffic areas.

Accidents involving motorcycles

A disproportionately high number of fatal accidents in Massachusetts involve motorcycles. In 2023, there were approximately 2,000 motorcycle accidents in Massachusetts. Motorcyclists face higher risks due to the lack of protective barriers, which makes them more vulnerable to severe injuries or death in an accident. Speeding, not being easily visible to other drivers and less stability compared to four-wheeled vehicles are factors contributing to motorcycle accidents.

Drivers in Massachusetts need to be aware of the types of vehicles they share the road with and why each is vulnerable to accidents.

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