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How Winter Weather Can Ruin Your Motorcycle

By Tom Kiley on February 18, 2015 - Comments off

Boston Motorcycle CrashWhether you plan on riding or storing your motorcycle this winter, the cold weather can wreak havoc on the bike. It is possible to ride in temperatures below freezing, but you will have to take precautionary measures to ensure that you and your motorcycle are not damaged.

Salt, sand, mud, and ice can rust and degrade the metal parts of your motorcycle. If you choose to ride during the winter, it is important that you park it over night in someplace dry. Take the time to wipe it down after a ride. Try to remove any salt or sand that you picked up on the roadway before leaving it over night. Ideally, you should find a warm garage to keep your motorcycle. Otherwise, your coolant could freeze during the night, resulting in a cracked head and block and brittle rubber seals and gaskets. Read the rest »

 

Unborn Child Killed in Boston Car Crash

By Tom Kiley on February 9, 2015 - Comments off

A 21-year-old pregnant woman was injured and her unborn child was killed when a Toyota Scion struck her Chevrolet Impala head-on. According to a news report in The Boston Globe, the car crash occurred on South Main Street in Carver on the evening of February 1. Officials are seeking help in determining what caused the two vehicles to collide. The woman, who was five months pregnant, was trapped in the driver seat of her car, but her passenger, a 22-year-old man, was able to exit the car on his own. He was transported to Beth Israel in Plymouth for treatment. According to a WCVB news report, the 23-year-old driver of the second vehicle was injured as well and has been cited for the crash. Read the rest »

Posted in: Vehicle Accidents

 

Dorchester Man Seriously Injured in Hit and Run Crash

By Tom Kiley on February 2, 2015 - Comments off

A 63-year-old Dorchester man was nearly killed when a car struck him and then took off. According to a My Fox Boston news report, the hit-and-run accident occurred along Morton Street in Boston. Officials say the victim was getting into his car when a four- door Honda Accord struck him and left the scene. The victim was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery and survived. State police are searching for the car and driver, who were caught on tape by a camera at a nearby liquor store. Read the rest »

 

Broken Bone Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents

By Tom Kiley on January 21, 2015 - Comments off

Broken BonesRiding a motorcycle is often exhilarating and cost-effective, but it can also be dangerous. Even poorly-rated cars surround passengers in a metal frame that absorbs some of the impact in the event of a crash. Motorcycles offer no such protection. Riders are exposed to the elements and are vulnerable to crushing bone injuries. If you are ever involved in a Boston motorcycle accident, it is likely that you will suffer at least one bone fracture.

Motorcyclists can have their legs crushed upon impact with a car or the roadway. Ribs, elbows, hands, shoulders, and knees can crack and fracture if the rider is thrown into a car, a wall, or the street. Some riders suffer skull fractures despite wearing a helmet. These types of bone fractures result in severe pain, bruising, swelling, bleeding, impaired mobility, and in some cases, permanent deformity. Read the rest »

 

Worker Struck by Car at Harbor Place Project

By Tom Kiley on January 14, 2015 - Comments off

A 33-year-old man was hospitalized after being struck by a car while directing an orange aerial lift at a busy construction site. According to a news report in The Eagle Tribune, the work-related car accident occurred near the alley that runs between Merrimack Street and Wall Street in Haverhill at the Harbor Place Project. Officials say the worker was on the street directing the lift when the car struck him and then collided with the lift. The victim was flipped in the air and landed near the lift. He was transported to Lawrence General Hospital and then Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

The authorities did not immediately charge the 49-year-old Haverhill man who was behind the wheel, but the investigation is ongoing. The driver reportedly says that he was watching the driver of the lift but failed to see the worker in the roadway. Read the rest »

 

Two Bay State Residents Killed in Suspected DUI Collisions

By Tom Kiley on December 27, 2014 - Comments off

A 62-year-old firefighter was killed in one of two fatal drunk driving accidents that occurred in Massachusetts on December 27, 2014. According to a Boston Herald News report, the fatal DUI collision occurred on Route 28 in the area of Parkers River Bridge in West Yarmouth. Officials say the firefighter was walking with his fiancée when a 2009 Ford Econovan E-150 driven by a 55-year-old South Yarmouth man struck them. The city’s most senior firefighter was killed and his fiancée was badly injured. The driver has been charged with drunk driving causing injury and motor vehicle homicide.

Earlier that night, a 73-year-old Everett woman was killed while walking near Broadway and Pleasant streets. The driver involved in this fatal crash faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs resulting in serious bodily injury and possession of a class B substance. Read the rest »

 

How Common Are Medical Errors in Massachusetts?

By Tom Kiley on December 18, 2014 - Comments off

Boston Medical MalpracticeMedical errors, even seemingly minor ones, can have long-term consequences for the victim and the victim’s family. It is crucial for the health community to research and study why errors occur and how to prevent patients from being hurt in the future. According to a Boston Globe news report, the health community in Boston in particular began a concerted effort to crack down on medical errors back in 1994 when a health reporter was killed by an overdose of chemotherapy. As a result, The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction was founded and named in her honor. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

 

Brockton Man Fatally Struck by SUV

By Tom Kiley on December 9, 2014 - Comments off

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 »

 

Male Pedestrian Killed in Dorchester Hit-and-Run Accident

By Tom Kiley on December 4, 2014 - Comments off

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 »

 

Tips for Drivers in Winter Weather

By Tom Kiley on November 24, 2014 - Comments off

Vehicle CollisionDriving 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 »

Posted in: Vehicle Accidents

 

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