Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers
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 »
Getting older no longer means that a person must stop driving. The physical changes that seniors undergo can certainly make operating a vehicle difficult, but there are a number of ways in which seniors can continue driving safely. If you are a senior who would like to keep driving, it is advisable to follow these five tips:
- Limit your driving. It is best to drive in fair weather conditions during the day. Try to avoid driving in rush hour traffic and roads that have speed limits that make you feel uncomfortable.
- Consider a refresher course. Cars are significantly different from when you first started driving, and some rules of the road have changed as well. Regardless of your age, it is advisable to take a driving safety course. You may even be able to save money on car insurance by proving that you took a course. Read the rest »
Two Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police officers were injured in a Boston car accident when a vehicle crashed into their motorcycles. According to a NECN news report, the motorcycle crash occurred at Antrim and Bennington Streets in Boston. Officials say a 69-year-old woman from Winthrop crashed into the motorcycles with her vehicle. A 37-year-old male officer with eight years on the force sustained multiple injuries including a broken leg that required surgery. The other victim, a 29-year-old officer with three years on the force, required treatment at Boston Medical Center. The woman was cited for the crash, but she has not yet been charged.
Even the most skilled, experienced and well-trained motorcycle riders can suffer harm at the hands of a negligent car driver. Because motorcycles provide little to no protection for riders, it is common for victims of motorcycle accidents to suffer severe lacerations, sprains, strains, bone fractures, neck and back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even death. Read the rest »
Officials believe a driver was under the influence of drugs when he crashed his Ford 500 sedan into an MBTA bus in Boston injuring up to 20 people. According to a news report in The Boston Globe, the bus accident occurred on North Main Street near Waldo Street in Randolph the morning of September 2. Officials say a man with a history of drunk driving drove his Ford across the double yellow lines before crashing into the front of the bus. None of the victims appear to have sustained life-threatening injuries, but many complained of neck and back injuries. The 30-year-old Franklin driver faces charges for driving under the influence of drugs.
In cases involving bus accidents, victims may pursue compensation for their injuries from the at-fault party. In many cases, the liable party includes the bus driver and the bus company. Under Massachusetts law, bus companies are required to provide support and compensation to injured passengers. However, when another party is at-fault (such as another motorist), he or she can also be held liable. Read the rest »
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 »