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Salem Man Brian Hicks Killed In One-Car Crash In Sumner Tunnel

Massachusetts state police recently announced that Salem resident Brian Hicks, 39, was killed in a car crash in the Sumner Tunnel, which connects East Boston to the downtown area. According to the Associated Press, law enforcement officials said Hicks died after his pickup truck struck the ramp inside the tunnel, near the exit to Storrow Drive.

Salem Patch reported Hicks was driving his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado on the ramp for Storrow Drive when the vehicle suddenly went out of control and ejected him out of the truck, causing Hicks to suffer fatal injuries. No information has yet been disclosed about what may have caused the accident, and police stated that no other vehicles were involved.

However, this is not the first time a fatal car crash has occurred on the ramp to Storrow Drive, wrote the AP. In November 2009, another one-car accident left one woman dead and two other people severely injured, while a man and three other individuals were killed in a similar incident in February of 2008.

Could repeated car accidents like these lead to a potential case against the city regarding dangerous road conditions in Sumner Tunnel that may be putting the safety of Boston drivers at risk?

Maybe. FindLaw’s KnowledgeBase reports that poor road conditions account for 31.4 percent of all car crashes in America each year, based on a study conducted by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. Such hazardous conditions could include poor roadway and intersection planning, lack of road maintenance, defective guardrails, or broken or missing signs, which might apply to Sumner Tunnel.

If you have suffered injuries from a car crash resulting from dangerous road conditions, meet with a local personal injury attorney who can evaluate your case and determine whether you are entitled to recover damages or other legal remedies. For more general information, visit the Related Resources links below.

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