Massachusetts Legal Blog
Many of us have experienced the sudden shock of a fender-bender but, luckily, have been able to walk away with no injuries and minimal damage to other vehicles. What many do not realize is just how catastrophic these accidents can become, especially if they involve a larger vehicle or occur at high speeds. Victims can be left with debilitating injuries that follow them for the rest of their lives if they are able to walk away from the accident at all.
Economic unrest across Massachusetts and the rest of the United States has pushed many families to begin cutting costs in order to avoid serious financial hardships. For some, that means minimizing luxuries like Netflix, daily Starbucks orders, or even cell phone plans. However, with so many of us working from home or out of work, there is the temptation to lower our car insurance plans or allow them to lapse altogether. While this may allow some short-term respite from costly premiums, it can have dire consequences for everyone involved if there is an accident.
One of the most noticeable effects of the COVID-19 pandemic was the sudden drop in traffic on Massachusetts’s roadways. Anyone who has had to go out to work essential jobs or get groceries has clearly seen how open and empty our freeways have become. Sadly, these clear roadways have not led to safer roads or a reduction in car accidents.
Boston drivers are fully aware of the long commutes throughout the city and extensive rush hour periods we have to suffer through to get to our jobs, schools, and work. These long hours on the road add up in gas costs, vehicle maintenance, lost time, road damage, and, ultimately, stress. In addition, more vehicles on the road means more multi-car accidents, which can be extremely costly for the everyday worker living paycheck to paycheck.
When you are hit by a government vehicle, you are facing the challenge of filing a claim against a governmental agency to recover compensation. Thankfully, recovering compensation from a city, county, state, or federal agency can be accomplished – but only when the process is performed correctly and within the time limits imposed by law.
Fall has arrived in Massachusetts, and with it has come changing leaves, hockey, cooler weather, and a lot more rain. Unfortunately, wet weather leads to more hazardous road conditions, especially during particularly heavy downpours. Though New Englanders are accustomed to harsh weather, even a light rain can make roads harder to navigate, especially for irresponsible drivers. Read the rest »
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of traffic collisions nationwide. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured on a daily basis in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
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Whether it’s through the streets of Boston, Methuen, Andover, or anywhere in Massachusetts, taking a leisurely bicycle ride can be a joyful and relaxing activity. However, when you take your bike out for a spin, you need to be cautious of pedestrians, other bicyclists, and cars on the road. Whether it’s due to distracted driving or some other form of negligence, being hit by car while on a bicycle can have deadly or lifelong consequences. Read the rest »
Many drivers in Boston assume that parking garages and lots are always safer that parking along the curb and opening up your car door into traffic. In some cases, they are. However, many individuals are surprised to find out that accidents in seemingly safe parking areas are a common occurrence. In fact, The National Safety Council reports that over 50,000 car accidents occur in parking lots on a yearly basis. That is over five accidents per hour! Read the rest »
It’s no secret that parents get nervous when their teens finally start getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, and with good reason. Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of teen deaths nationwide. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted research that concluded every day, a total of six teens, ages 16–19, lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes. Read the rest »
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