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Black boxes, or event data recorders (EDRs), are often mentioned after tragic plane crashes, but these devices are actually incredible common in day-to-day life. All modern semi-trucks are legally required to have black boxes in order to collect data about collisions, and most car manufacturers now add black boxes into their vehicles. If you bought a car in the past decade, it may include a black box that contains important information about any collision you experience.
Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous habits people have developed over the past decade, leading to thousands of injuries and deaths each year across the United States. One of the worst aspects of it is how commonplace it has become.
Boston is known for its snowy, icy winters that can make our roads especially treacherous. Each year, the City of Boston Public Works Department rapidly responds to snowfall with a full fleet of plows. These powerful vehicles work throughout the day to clear our roads, parking lots, and highways so that we can safely get to work. But we should always remember how dangerous these vehicles can be, especially in the hands of a negligent driver. All it takes is one glance away from the road to catastrophically injure another driver or pedestrian with a snowplow.
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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