Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers
A 61-year-old Brockton man was killed in a Plymouth County car accident when a Ford SUV struck him as he crossed the street. According to a news report in The Wicked Local, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on North Pearl Street in Brockton. Officials are investigating whether the man suddenly stepped into traffic or the driver failed to see the pedestrian until it was too late. It is unclear at this point of the investigation if the driver will face charges for the fatal crash.
This is the eighth fatal pedestrian accident in Brockton this year and the seventh since August. This particular crash occurred two weeks after the mayor outlined a plan to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents in the city. It is unclear at this point if the new plan will effectively save lives, but clearly more can be done to make the streets safer for pedestrians. Read the rest »
A man believed to be 51 was struck and killed in a Massachusetts car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Boston Herald, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred at American Legion Highway and Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester. Officials say the man was run down before the driver sped away. The victim was transported to Boston Medical center where he was later pronounced dead. The authorities are investigating the crash and calling on the community for help locating the driver. They believe the vehicle involved was an old, dark-colored, four-door Lincoln Towncar. Read the rest »
Driving in Boston at any time of year can prove treacherous, but it is particularly dangerous on our roadways in winter. Even on a beautiful, warm day, Boston drivers have to worry about severe congestion, some poorly maintained streets and drivers who are distracted, impaired and/or fatigued. In the winter, these issues are worsened by icy roadway conditions. Whether you are a new driver in Boston or a seasoned veteran, there are safety tips you should always keep in mind.
Before hitting the roadway, make sure your tires are properly inflated and that they have tread deep enough to grip the roadway. You should also make sure that you have an ice scraper in your car, your windshield washer fluid is full and you have gloves and other winter gear in your trunk. You should also review the weather report to determine if it is safe to drive. There are some winter storms that should be avoided. Read the rest »
Take a moment to gather yourself and observe your surroundings. If you have just been involved in a Boston motorcycle accident, you could be in danger of suffering further injury. Try to get yourself out of the roadway right away. Then, assess if you have been hurt. If you or anyone else has suffered an injury in the crash, you must call the authorities and you are required by law to remain at the scene.
If your head, neck or back is seriously injured, you should remain still and wait for help. If, however, you are capable of moving around without causing additional harm, it is advisable to take the following steps: Read the rest »
There are numerous immediate side effects of brain trauma. Victims of car accidents and slip-and-falls who strike their head may suffer from headaches, memory loss, nausea and even physical and mental disabilities. Depending on the severity of the trauma, these types of symptoms may go away with proper treatment or they may linger. As our understanding of brain injuries continues to grow, we are learning more about the long-term effects of brain trauma including their relation to memory loss and dementia.
A new study found that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) later in life could be linked to an increased risk of dementia. According to the new study published in JAMA Neurology, adults aged 55 years and older who sustain a traumatic brain injury have an increased risk of dementia. This discover is significant because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 60 percent of all hospitalizations related to brain trauma involve individuals aged 55 and older. Therefore, TBI may be linked to severe memory issues in older adults. Read the rest »
A 26-year-old man was killed in a Massachusetts motorcycle accident that remains under investigation. According to a My Fox Boston news report, the fatal motorcycle crash occurred on Canton Street in Fitchburg. Officials are looking into what caused the motorcycle to leave the roadway and crash into a utility pole. The victim allegedly was not wearing a helmet and did not have a valid license. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash. Read the rest »
Brain trauma is among the worst injuries you can suffer in a Boston car crash or slip-and-fall accident. The resulting symptoms are often debilitating and long-term. Some victims of brain injuries are never able to fully recover or to return to the life they had before the accident. Others are only able to return to a semblance of normalcy after months of physical and occupational therapy. Therefore, any advancement made in the treatment of brain injury is noteworthy.
According to a report in The Columbian, there are 10 trauma centers in North America that are participating in a National Institutes of Health study on traumatic brain injury recovery. During the study, hospitals will utilize a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug called tranexamic acid to determine if it promotes brain injury recovery. Of those who qualify, a few randomly selected patients will be assigned to one of three study groups. Read the rest »
A 48-year-old man was killed in a Norfolk County auto accident when his bicycle was struck by a small dump truck. According to a news report in The Boston Globe, the fatal bicycle accident occurred on West Street at Jenk Street in Wrentham. Officials believe the bicyclist took a left turn at the intersection before colliding with the dump truck. The rider sustained fatal injuries. The driver was not injured even though his truck veered off the road and hit a utility pole. The investigation is underway, but it does not appear that the driver will face charges for the fatal crash.
Under Massachusetts law, bicyclists may ride on any public road, bikeway and street except limited access or express state highways. They even have the same right-of-way privileges as motorists. However, riders must: Read the rest »
In April, two Mass Bay Electrical Corp. employees were killed at a Cape Cod work site. According to a Boston Globe news report, the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) announced on September 24 that the company responsible for those deaths has been cited $168,000 for “failing to ensure proper training.” Officials say the employees were not properly trained or evaluated on crane operation. Furthermore, investigators believe the supervisors at the work site did not follow safety procedures when setting up and operating the crane.
Cranes are commonly used on Massachusetts construction sites to lift and move heavy materials, machines and products. According to OSHA, there are about 125,000 cranes in operation today in the construction industry and another 80,000 to 100,000 in general and maritime industries. This means that hundreds of thousands of workers are in danger of being injured in a crane-related accident on a regular basis. Read the rest »
American multinational auto manufacturer, General Motors (GM), has been ordered to pay $35 million in penalties to the families of 19 individuals that died in crashes involving certain GM models with faulty ignition switches. There are hundreds of similar claim cases still waiting to be processed, 125 of which involve fatalities.
A Brief Background on the GM Recalls
Problems for the car company started back in February 7 when a recall of 800,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 models was issued for problems traceable to defective ignition switches. Since then, millions of GM vehicles have been recalled for the same defect. Nearly 30 million vehicles have been affected by this year’s surge of recalls in the United States alone. Read the rest »