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A 17-year-old girl was killed while walking when the rear part of a truck struck her. According to a My Fox Boston report, the fatal truck accident occurred at South Main Street and Union Street in Randolph. Officials are trying to determine if the young victim was crossing the road or standing on the sidewalk when the truck turned right. The back of the 18-wheeler struck and killed her. Investigators have towed the truck for an investigation and they are looking into if it jumped the curb before the collision.
There are many reasons why large trucks are extremely dangerous. Their size and weight makes them capable of causing extreme damage at even low speeds. They are also difficult to handle and they have large blind spots. It is for these reasons that truck drivers must receive proper training and they must use caution at all times. Failing to exercise care can have devastating results. Read the rest »
A man was killed in a recent Boston car accident when a white garbage truck struck his bicycle. According to CBS Boston, the fatal bicycle accident occurred at Cambridge and Spice Streets in Charlestown across from MBTA Sullivan Station. The bicyclist died at the scene. After searching for the hit-and-run driver, officials now say they have located the garbage truck and the driver. It is not clear if the driver will be cited for leaving the scene of the accident.
The legal team at the Kiley Law Group knows that garbage trucks and tractor-trailers have large blind spots on either side that make it difficult to see when small vehicles, motorcycles, and bicycles are alongside them. It is extremely dangerous to travel in one of these blind spots, particularly at intersections where drivers may begin to turn before checking their side mirrors. Read the rest »
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This is a good time to review just how serious a problem drunk driving is in Massachusetts. Despite the attempts of local lawmakers, prosecutors, and police officers, drunk driving continues to be a problem that results in a significant number of deaths each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 123 people were killed statewide in alcohol-related car accidents in the year 2012. That number reflects 35 percent of all statewide traffic deaths that year.
It is important that each and every one of us resolves to not be part of the problem. You may be under the impression that you are safe to drive after only a couple of drinks. You do not have to be above the legal limit to be a danger to yourself and others. In fact, if you have an empty stomach, one drink may be enough to affect your reflexes and judgment. Alcohol can alter your motor control, your focus, your ability to stay awake, and your reasoning skills. Read the rest »
A Boston man was recently injured in a car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to NECN, the pedestrian accident occurred on Mass Avenue. Officials say a 69-year-old Quincy man struck the victim and drove away without stopping. The hit-and-run victim underwent emergency surgery at Boston Medical Center for life-threatening injuries. The driver was tracked down by the authorities and arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident causing personal injury.
Pedestrian accidents often result in serious and even fatal injuries. According to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, about 20.6 percent of all traffic-related fatalities suffered in Massachusetts in the year 2008 involved pedestrians. In addition to the 75 pedestrians killed statewide that year, 233 others sustained serious and incapacitating injuries. Sometimes, the drivers responsible for these types of accidents drive away for fear of being arrested. Failing to call the police or offer assistance puts the victim in danger of further harm and is against the law. Read the rest »
In an effort to get children excited about reading and encourage adults to fall in love with reading all over again, March is designated as National Reading Month.
In an age where there are so many forms of information and entertainment available, it may seem that books have lost their place in our everyday lives. But the benefits of reading are just as true today as they were hundreds of years ago: Reading improves concentration, relaxes the body and mind, and helps us build up knowledge and understanding of the world we live in.
The attorneys at the Kiley Law Group would like to inspire others to celebrate National Reading Month with the following tips:
Two Massachusetts drivers were killed after their vehicles collided head-on, according to a My Fox Boston report, on Route 44 west of the Middleborough Rotary in Middleborough. Officials have not released information regarding why the Toyota and Buick crashed. The fatally injured victims include a 63-year-old Middleborough man who was driving a Toyota and the 30-year-old woman who was driving a Buick.
A head-on collision is when the front ends of two vehicles strike each other. This type of accident is often called a road-departure crash because it typically results from a driver’s inability to stay in his or her lane. Road-departure accidents are extremely dangerous and they account for a significant percentage of fatal crashes. According to the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, there were 15,307 fatal roadway departure crashes in the year 2011, which is 51 percent of all fatal crashes in the United States.
Potential causes of head-on collisions include: Read the rest »
A young girl was seriously injured and five others were hospitalized in a Milford car accident that may have involved an impaired driver. According to MyFoxBoston.com, the drunk driving accident occurred at Route 16 and Beaver Street in Milford. Officials say a 21-year-old woman may have been driving while impaired with her three-year-old daughter in the back seat when she ran through a red light and hit a white van with four people inside. The van continued into a quarry filled with water. One of the three children in the van was seriously injured. All six vehicle occupants were hospitalized.
The driver allegedly responsible for this crash has been charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence. You can face drunk driving charges in Massachusetts for either operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicating liquor or for operating a vehicle while having a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or greater. Read the rest »
An 18-year-old Osterville man was killed in a recent Boston car accident, which officials say involved a street race between a 2002 MBW X5 sport utility vehicle and a 2000 Toyota Camry Solara. According to The Boston Globe, the fatal crash occurred on Route 6 eastbound between exits 9 and 10 in Harwich. Officials say the fatally injured victim may have been racing when the BMW rolled over and struck a tree on the right side of the roadway. The 18-year-old driver of the Toyota has been charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, and racing a motor vehicle.
It is against the law to race on Massachusetts’s roadways. Under Massachusetts law: “No person shall operate a motor vehicle, nor shall any owner of such vehicle permit it to be operated, in a manner where the owner or operator accelerates at a high rate of speed in competition with another operator, whether or not there is an agreement to race, causing increased noise from skidding tires and amplified noise from racing engines.” Read the rest »
A loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds while compact cars typically weigh less than 4,500 pounds. This vast size differential makes trucks capable of crushing smaller vehicles and severely injuring the occupants. In some cases, victims suffer catastrophic injuries that affect every aspect of their lives.
A catastrophic injury is one that results in permanent severe functional disabilities. Examples of catastrophic injuries that can result from a Boston truck accident include, but are not limited to: Read the rest »
A 56-year-old Framingham woman was killed after she had to brake suddenly to avoid a mattress that had flown onto the roadway. The woman’s vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle, according to a Boston Globe news report. The fatal accident occurred on Route 128 near the Burlington Mall. Officials say she stopped abruptly to avoid the mattress when another vehicle rear-ended her. The woman succumbed to her injuries. Officials are searching for the vehicle that dropped the mattress on the roadway. They believe it is a large dump truck with a white cab and a dark bed with wood on the sides.
Determining liability for a road hazard created by a private party’s negligence can be a complicated process. An investigation is often needed to determine who was responsible for the cargo, who initially secured it to the vehicle and who was tasked with inspecting the cargo before the trip. Read the rest »