Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers
A 50-year-old man was killed in a Massachusetts car accident when a Honda Accord struck him. According to a WHDH news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Memorial Drive near the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge in Cambridge. Officials say the pedestrian was struck in the eastbound lanes. The victim was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital. The investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
Under Massachusetts law, pedestrians have the right-of-way at crosswalks and intersections. Determining liability for accidents that occur where there are no crosswalks can prove challenging. Pedestrians must yield to oncoming traffic when attempting to walk or cross outside of a crosswalk, but this does not excuse drivers from failing to avoid a collision. Read the rest »
A 43-year-old tree company worker was injured when a large piece of wood struck him in the back. According to a news report in The Cape Cod Times, the work-related accident occurred at 11 Halyard Road in Yarmouth Port. Rescue workers say a piece of wood that was about 2-feet long and 1 foot in diameter struck the victim in the back when it was kicked out of a wood chipper. He was flown to a Boston hospital for treatment. It is unclear how the accident could have been prevented or when the victim will be able to return to work.
Tree workers have a very dangerous job. They are tasked with cutting away dead branches, pruning and trimming trees with power pruners, handsaws and clippers and they often have to work from elevations. It is common for tree workers to suffer injuries in fall-related accidents, saw accidents and incidents involving falling branches. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16 tree trimmers and pruners were killed while on the job in the year 2012. Read the rest »
A 33-year-old bike share rider was injured in a Boston car accident when he was struck by a waste management truck and dragged underneath. According to a news report in The Boston Globe, the bicycle accident occurred at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Columbus Avenue in the South End. Witnesses to the crash say that the garbage truck turned right, struck the bicyclist, and dragged him. The bicyclist was trapped underneath the truck but appears to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck cooperated with the authorities and no charges have been filed.
According to the Boston Area Research Initiative, the area where this crash took place has a high number of injury accidents. There were six accidents at the intersection of Columbus and Massachusetts avenues between 2009 and 2012. This particular crash involved a participant in Hubway, Boston’s bike-sharing program. About 2 million trips have taken place since the program was launched in 2011 and this incident is the 19th serious accident involving a Hubway bike. Read the rest »
Man Found Guilty of Rape and Indecent Assault and Battery of a Child at a Lancaster Special Education School
After only one day of deliberation, a Worcester County jury found a former overnight staff member of the Doctor Franklin Perkins School guilty of two counts of rape of a child aggravated by age difference and one count of indecent assault and battery of a child.
The incidents occurred during the 2010-2011 school year at the school located in Lancaster, Massachusetts. The facility provides educational and therapeutic services to children and adolescents with a range of emotional, psychiatric, social, and executive functioning issues.
Following the allegations of child sexual abuse, the accused, who had been a member of the overnight staff for nine years, was discharged. However, according to a report by the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families, similar allegations had been made against the man in 2002.
Attorney Thomas M. Kiley, who represents the victim and his family in this case, commented, “Schools, such as the Perkins School, have a responsibility to provide a safe residential environment for these children and protect them from this type of abuse.” Read the rest »
A 49-year-old Pittsfield man was killed in a Massachusetts car accident when his motorcycle collided with a left-turning sedan. According to WGGB news report, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of North Street and Springsdale Avenue in Pittsfield. Officials say a 31-year-old woman was turning left in her blue 2004 Ford Focus when she collided with a 2002 Suzuki motorcycle. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at Berkshire Medical Center. It is unclear if the car driver was injured or if she will face citations for the crash. The investigation is ongoing.
Massachusetts law is very clear when it comes to left-turning vehicles. Under Chapter 89, Section 8: “Any operator intending to turn left, in an intersection, across the path or lane of vehicles approaching from the opposite direction shall, before turning, yield the right-of-way until such time as the left turn can be made with reasonable safety.” Read the rest »
A teenage boy sustained life-threatening injuries in a Boston car accident when a car struck his scooter and sped off. According to a CBS Boston news report, the hit-and-run accident occurred at the intersection of Kingsdale and Standish Streets in Boston. Officials say the boy struck the windshield of the vehicle and became airborne on impact. The teen was seriously injured and required treatment at Boston Medical Center.
In many Boston hit-and-run accidents, the at-fault driver is never found. However, in this crash, the Boston Police department was able to track down and apprehend the driver thanks in large part the local community. A woman witnessed the crash and immediately called 911. Then, neighbors saw the same vehicle crash into a home in Jamaica Plain. The driver was taken into custody shortly thereafter. Read the rest »
A slip-and-fall accident occurs when someone slips, trips or falls because of the negligence of a property owner. Wet floors, damaged sidewalks, poor lighting and broken steps can all contribute to dangerous slip-and-fall accidents. A number of Boston slip-and-fall accidents have resulted in serious injuries such as sprains, strains, bone fractures, head injuries and debilitating back injuries. It is even possible to suffer a concussion or spinal cord injury in a violent slip-and-fall accident.
Immediately after taking a spill on someone else’s property, you must take a moment to gather yourself. Evaluate if you have only suffered a minor bruise or if you have sustained significant injuries. If you were hurt, it is important that you take the steps necessary to get the support you need. Read the rest »
Visual aids are often necessary to grasp the severity of a problem. While it is one thing to hear about the number of bicycle accidents in Boston, it is something else altogether to actually see where every Boston bike accident has taken place in the last four years. A new interactive map created by a number of local advocacy groups and researchers does just that.
The new map can be found on Harvard.edu. It provides comprehensive data from local bike safety and collision reports. You can use it to see in-depth descriptions of every Boston bike accident that was reported to the authorities. By clicking on a dot on the map, you will see when and where the accident happened, what the weather conditions were on the day of the crash, and details on the rider involved. You can even use the map to see if the rider was wearing a helmet, if alcohol contributed to the crash, and/or if someone ran a red light. Read the rest »
A 3-year-old boy was recently killed in a Saugus car accident involving an unlicensed driver. According to a news report in The Boston Herald, the fatal collision between a Volvo and a Ford Explorer occurred on Walnut Street. Officials are looking into the cause of the crash and have stated that the Volvo may have undergone a mechanical problem. The 43-year-old driver of the Volvo refused treatment and his 3-year-old son was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Boston.com reports the 40-year-old driver of the Ford Explorer was placed under arrest for operating without a license, but has not been charged with causing the accident. It is unclear if the young victim was properly secured in a car seat.
Under Massachusetts Chapter 79, Section 2, all child passengers under the age of 13 must wear a seatbelt and all passengers under the age of 8 shall “be fastened and secured by a child passenger restraint, unless such passenger measures more than 57 inches in height.” Before July 10, 2008, only children under 5 were required to ride in a child safety seat. Now, child passengers who are between the ages of 5 and 7 must use a booster seat. Read the rest »
Sustaining a permanent injury, such as a traumatic brain injury, amputation, or spinal cord injury, can have a lifelong impact on victims and their families. Some permanent injuries make it impossible to earn a wage and require round-the-clock care and attention. This can place substantial financial and emotional burdens on the victim and/or his or her family members. It is important in these types of cases for the injured victim to receive compensation that covers current and future needs.
There are many types of injuries that are permanent; however, they vary in severity. An amputated finger, for example, is a permanent injury that may impair your ability to work, but it may not prevent you from returning to work in some capacity. Shoulder injuries that result in a permanent reduction in movement, strength, and flexibility may qualify as a permanent impairment as well. Other permanent injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, severe organ damage, and traumatic brain injuries, may make it impossible for the victim to return to the life they had before the accident. Read the rest »