Massachusetts Legal Blog
Car accidents in Massachusetts killed 390 people in 2021, as reported by CBS Boston. This is the highest number of statewide traffic fatalities in 12 years. Some of the most dangerous roads in the state include I-93, the Massachusetts Turnpike, I-95, I-495, and State Route 24. Risk factors that make these roads particularly hazardous include traffic congestion, dangerous interchanges, icy winter driving conditions, constantly merging traffic, and reckless drivers.
Massachusetts police responded to dozens of calls reporting damage from flying ice chunks during the first week of February 2022, as reported by CBS Boston. One such report involved a vehicle windshield that was shattered by a piece of ice that flew off another car on I-93 South in Medford. This type of damage can be prevented when drivers take the time and trouble to clear snow and ice off their vehicles before they set out.
Roads in Boston can be particularly hazardous in the wintertime. Freezing rain can make icy roads that wreak havoc on commuters, causing traffic congestion and wrecks. Icy conditions on roads in and around Boston can cause multi-vehicle pile-ups and bring traffic to a standstill.
Right after a car crash, you may feel a tremendous relief that you are still alive and don’t seem to be seriously injured. If you are still conscious, not bleeding, and have no broken bones, you may believe you were lucky enough to escape injury. Shock and adrenaline can mask signs of injury immediately after an accident. Symptoms that may take hours or days to show up can be an indication of lingering car accident injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened an investigation of Tesla concerning video games on the front touchscreens of vehicles that can be played while they are in motion. This function on Tesla vehicles is known as “Passenger Play.” The NHTSA is concerned that it may distract drivers and increase the risk of a crash.
Passenger Play has been available to drivers since December 2020, as reported by Business Insider. Before that, gameplay was only enabled on Tesla vehicles when they were in park. The Passenger Play function on Tesla vehicles makes it possible for drivers to play games while driving on the touchscreen of the car.
Documentation to prove damages and show liability is important in a personal injury case. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. After an auto accident, if you are physically able, it is a good idea to take pictures on your cell phone right away. Photos can capture and preserve evidence to support a claim for compensation. They can help you with your settlement or in court.
Falls happen every day, and they can cause serious injuries. More than 800,000 people a year in the U.S. are hospitalized because of fall injuries, according to the CDC. Many falls result from hazardous conditions existing on a property due to negligence. If you have been injured in a fall accident that was someone else’s fault, you may file a claim for compensation against the responsible party. Statements from eyewitnesses to the accident can help your claim.
Riding on the back of a bike can be great fun, but it can also be risky business. When you climb on the back of a motorcycle, you are putting your life in the hands of the rider. Make sure you fully trust the rider before you get on the bike. Knowing how to be a good motorcycle passenger can increase your chances having a safe and pleasant ride.
One year after government officials cancelled public Halloween festivities due to the severity of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many of the holiday’s enthusiasts are eager to get back out again this year to celebrate in a healthy and safe way. Donning costumes, eating candy, and enjoying seasonal adult beverages are just some of the activities that mark this fun weekend. Halloween holds a treat for people of all ages.
Dog ownership in the U.S. increased dramatically during 2020, as reported in a Washington Post article. This boom in dog sales and adoptions is largely attributed to the global pandemic. More than 11 million American households have acquired a new pet during this time, according to Today’s Veterinary Business. With this increase, it is more important than ever that people learn how to interact safely with pets.