Massachusetts Legal Blog
Massachusetts Legal Blog
It’s no secret that New England is home to some of the best Oktoberfest celebrations this time of year. In fact, many New Englanders wouldn’t even consider letting the season pass without hitting up at least one of them. But in these glorious Teutonic celebrations of culture and food, there are often many libations served.
That’s why now is the time to start thinking about who’s going to be your designated driver. Read the rest »
Fall is quickly coming upon us. While wrapping up in a sweater can be cozy, and watching the foliage change colors is beautiful, fall also has certain dangers lurking around—especially for drivers out on New England roads. Read the rest »
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continually strives to make school buses safer; in fact, school buses are among the safest vehicles on our roads. Students are 70 times more likely to be involved in an accident when traveling to school by car compared to school bus.
Though school buses are generally safer than any other type of bus, roughly 40 million students in public schools across the country take the bus each day, so accidents are going to occur. NHTSA estimates indicate that approximately 12,000 injuries result from school bus crashes annually. Read the rest »
A 21-year-old man from Ghent, N.Y., was hiking with his girlfriend when he slipped on a rock and was sent falling to his death below a waterfall at Bash Bish Falls in Mount Washington. Days later, his body was located through the use of an underwater camera; however, Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless initially determined that the body was unrecoverable based on the location. After several days, the body ultimately was retrieved from a crevice beneath the water.
Bash Bish Falls is home to the highest waterfall in the state. It is located next to Mount Washington State Forest, which is in the southwest corner of Massachusetts. When things go very wrong in a park or lake, is someone legally responsible? Read the rest »
There are many reasons why you should not approach an unknown dog, and one really big, obvious reason.
Many people are willing to engage a strange dog, often because they think the dog is cute. As a result, many people will be bitten. This is especially dangerous for children, so teach them early and often to “keep their distance” from strange dogs. Read the rest »
A recent AAA study reported that over 200,000 collisions occurred in a four-year span because of debris on U.S. roadways, which resulted in roughly 500 fatalities. They estimate that road-debris-related accidents have risen 40% since 2001, and most occur on highway interstates.
CalTrans, California’s agency assigned with maintaining roads and bridges, recently spent $62 million to remove approximately 155,000 cubic yards of miscellaneous junk along its roads. Daniel Hill, speaking on behalf of the California Highway Patrol, says that many of the calls they receive about roadway hazards are items that have fallen off of cars, which were improperly loaded or tied down.
Let’s try to stop that. Read the rest »
We hear lots of advertising about the need to “winterize” our cars each year. However, it is equally important to conduct proper maintenance for the summer months, too. Although road conditions are harsher in a Massachusetts winter, the heat of summer creates its own dangers for your vehicle.
Here’s a checklist of best practices for “summer-izing” your car. Read the rest »
Children are always excited for summertime.
But with children off from school, there can be potential problems with child care. Do child custody arrangements need modification in the summer? Read the rest »
A Boston Globe report indicates that traffic fatalities on Massachusetts roadways are rising.
In 2016, there were 399 reported deaths from motor vehicle accidents in the State. The National Safety Council says there were approximately 13% more accidents than in 2015, and 15% more than in 2014. A combination of factors is believed to be contributing, including an improved economy, low fuel prices, and increased traffic among commuting workers and vacationers. Nationwide, there were slightly over 40,000 traffic fatalities in 2016, the most since 2007.
During the summer, remember to take safety measures, particularly prior to long road trips. Read the rest »
In our last blog, we went over tips to keep you safe on the streets, whether you are driving a vehicle or sharing the road with them. Safety doesn’t stop once you set foot in your home. Let’s take a look at what you can do to make your home safer for yourself and everyone who lives there. Read the rest »
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