Massachusetts Legal Blog
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 »
When it comes to determining fault for car accident in Massachusetts, the concept of modified comparative negligence is what dictates liability. This means you may only seek compensation from the other party if you are deemed less than 51% at fault for the accident. Because of this, determining who is responsible for the crash is crucial for any insurance claim and personal injury lawsuit! Read the rest »
When it comes to determining who is at fault for a traffic accident in the state of Massachusetts, there are set standards in place to help identify the negligent party. The Massachusetts Drivers Manual provides the complete list of 19 traffic infractions that point to the at-fault driver. Read the rest »
Being involved in a car accident is never a pleasant experience, especially if the crash occurred due to the other guy’s negligent driving. Thankfully, since Massachusetts is a modified no-fault insurance state, people can be held responsible for car accidents that they are deemed to be over 50% at fault for. Read the rest »
Massachusetts winters see it all—snow, sleet, freezing rain. While traffic accidents can occur at any point during the year, winter weather makes the road much more dangerous for New England commuters. If you’ve been in a car crash that was caused by bad weather, can you really blame the other driver? Regardless of the circumstances, all car accidents are caused by something, and at least one party is always going to be liable. Let’s break down winter-weather driving and how liability can play a factor. Read the rest »
Life can be hectic at times, so people are constantly trying to seek out new and creative ways to accomplish more each day. Multitasking and overbooking your day with appointments and other obligations seems to be the norm, and we seem to be getting fewer and fewer hours of sleep each night as a result.
If you’re planning on operating a motor vehicle, a wandering mind and sleep deprivation can be a recipe for disaster. Read the rest »
There’s no doubt about it. With the amount of traffic in Boston and the difficulties with street parking, those who want to get around the city are best off taking the T. However, even if you’re riding the subway, trolley, water taxi, or bus, you will still have to interact with vehicles before you get to your destination. Often, these interactions will take place in parking lots and garages, which can be a dangerous place for pedestrians. Read the rest »
Cycling is great way to get around in Massachusetts. Bicycles are much cheaper to maintain than cars, and riding a bike is a much cleaner option for the environment.
But those who choose to take interstate bike rides, from Massachusetts down to Connecticut or up to Vermont, should be aware of bicycle laws in those other states. While Massachusetts has bike-friendly laws, other states may not. Read the rest »
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