Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers

Motorcyclist Killed in Pittsfield Crash

By Tom Kiley on July 21, 2014 - Comments off

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 »

 

Teenager Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash in Dorchester

By Tom Kiley on July 14, 2014 - Comments off

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 »

 

Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident

By Tom Kiley on July 1, 2014 - Comments off

Slip Fall AccidentA 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 »

 

Now You Can See Where Boston Bicycle Accidents Happen

By Tom Kiley on June 23, 2014 - Comments off

Boston Bike Crash AttorneyVisual 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 »

Posted in: Bicycle Accident

 

Child Killed in Saugus Car Crash Involving Driver with No License

By Tom Kiley on June 17, 2014 - Comments off

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 »

Posted in: Child Injury

 

Seeking Compensation for Permanent Injuries

By Tom Kiley on June 5, 2014 - Comments off

Massachusetts Personal InjurySustaining 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 »

Posted in: Personal Injury

 

Norwood Crash Results in One Death and Several Injuries

By Tom Kiley on June 3, 2014 - Comments off

Boston Auto AccidentA 53-year-old woman was killed in a Massachusetts car accident after a 2013 Range Rover crossed the grass median and slammed into the Toyota Camry in which she was traveling. According to a WCVB news report, the fatal car accident occurred on the I-95 in Norwood. Officials are not sure why the 53-year-old Foxborough man let his vehicle cross into oncoming traffic, but the investigation is ongoing.

According to reports, the Range Rover first struck a 2000 Toyota Camry traveling in the opposite direction, killing a female occupant. The other occupants of the Camry, a 28-year-old man from Providence and a 62-year-old man from Foster, were seriously injured and flown to Boston Medical Center. Other victims include two 25-year-old women who were in the Edge. Read the rest »

Posted in: Vehicle Accidents

 

Two Injured in Boston Crane Accident

By Tom Kiley on May 20, 2014 - Comments off

A truck-mounted crane tipped over, injuring two people and spilling fuel onto the street. According to a news report in The Boston Globe, the crane accident occurred on Commercial Street in the North End. Officials say the crane had been used for building repair during the past few weeks and it is not yet clear what caused it to tip over. The crane operator and a female bystander were taken to the hospital for evaluation. It is believed that neither of them sustained life-threatening injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is looking into whether or not this crane accident resulted from violations of workplace safety standards.

Moving heavy loads is an important part of construction work, so cranes can be found on almost all large work sites. These popular machines are difficult to operate and extremely dangerous when mistakes are made. Workers must meet crane operator certification requirements and cranes must be regularly evaluated for safety concerns.

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Teenager Injured in Needham Hit and Run Accident

By Tom Kiley on May 15, 2014 - Comments off

A 17-year-old girl was injured in Norfolk County after being struck by a car that sped off after the crash. According to a Boston CBS news report, the hit-and-run accident occurred at High Rock Street and Marked Tree Road in Needham. Officials say the teenager was out jogging when a white newer model Toyota Camry ran a stop sign and struck her. The young victim was left bleeding on the side of the street as the car left the scene. She suffered cuts, elbow injuries, and lost two teeth. Authorities are still looking for the hit-and-run driver.

It is the legal responsibility of all Massachusetts motorists to remain at the scene of a crash when someone has been injured or killed. Under Massachusetts law, individuals convicted for leaving the scene of an injury accident can face between six months and two years in jail as well as a fine of up to $2,000. A conviction will not, however, automatically result in adequate compensation for the victim of the hit-and-run crash. Read the rest »

 

Boston Police Motorcycle Officer Hurt in Dorchester Accident

By Tom Kiley on May 13, 2014 - Comments off

A Boston Police motorcycle officer sustained injuries after colliding with another vehicle, CBS News reports. Officials said the motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Columbia Road and Glendale Street in Dorchester. Officials have not released information regarding what caused the sedan and motorcycle to collide. The injured officer was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced rider or if you recently obtained your motorcycle license. Riding in Boston can be dangerous – even for a trained police officer. Our roadways are congested and there are ample opportunities to get struck by a careless driver. All motorcycle riders are encouraged to obey street signs, travel at a safe speed, and to leave plenty of room so that there is space to maneuver in the event of changing roadway conditions. Read the rest »

 

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