There is hope for those who suffer a brain injury in a crash

After a head injury caused by a car accident, it’s not uncommon for a person to have some problems with his or her behavior. Survivors may have a number of neurological symptoms, some of which could change the person’s personality or behaviors. Some common symptoms of a brain injury include a loss of impulse control, poor concentration and judgment deficits; if you notice these in yourself or someone else after a head injury, then know that it’s a neurological condition that may change over time and that it can be monitored and treated in therapy. Even someone who has a Continue Reading

Texting may be impulsive act for Massachusetts drivers

What drivers feel and how they act can be two different things. Most, if not all, Boston drivers are well aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. However, that knowledge hasn’t eliminated drunk-driving accidents. The same thought and action disconnect may be true for texting and driving, especially among young drivers. According to more than one survey, including a university poll released in March 2015, most drivers agreed texting while driving is a dangerous activity. At the same time, a significant portion of drivers admitted they did it anyway. A poll of over 900 drivers found 87 percent of Continue Reading

1 killed, 1 injured in party bus accident in East Boston

Whether you’re going to a party on a bus or are walking across the street, it’s always important to keep aware of your surroundings. You never know when a dangerous driver could be headed your direction or when you could be struck due to distractions that take a driver’s eyes off the road. While it’s not clear what happened in this case yet, if you have been hurt by another party who is responsible for your injuries due to negligence or distractions, you’re in a position to file a personal injury lawsuit. In this situation, a party bus in East Continue Reading

Summer dangers can cause collisions

What are the dangers of summer driving? There are numerous problems that can arise. Some common dangers include having more teen drivers on the roads, tire blowouts, construction, bicyclists and motorcyclists on the road, road congestion from vacationers and the sun. When you’re driving, more teens on the roads means you’re surrounded by those with less experience. It’s not uncommon for teen drivers to make mistakes or get distracted, and that can lead to an accident. Tire blowouts are another concern. If your tires are overfilled in the summer, the heat can make the air expand and pop the tire. Continue Reading

Check your transportation before getting inside

Before you book a bus or other transportation, it’s important for you to check on the company’s past. Has the company had lots of car or truck accidents, complaints from passengers or other issues? As a passenger, it’s important to make sure you’re protecting yourself. You’re putting your life into the hands of a driver you don’t know and a company you may not have used before; know the background before you take that risk. Typically, buses are one of the safest options for passengers, but getting into a crash can ruin your trip and leave you with injuries. Safety Continue Reading

You deserve compensation when you’re the victim of a car accident

Driving down the highway or on busy city streets, you don’t expect to get in an accident. You’re probably focusing on where you want to go or what you want to do. Accidents do happen, though, and when they do, you have every right to make a claim for your injuries. As the driver of a smaller passenger vehicle, being in a car accident with a large truck may be something you worry about. In 2014, large trucks were involved in collisions that led to 3,903 people being killed and another 111,000 being injured. Around 438,000 large trucks were involved Continue Reading

How common is drowsy driving in the United States?

If you’ve been in a car accident because the other driver didn’t stay in his lane or swerved unexpectedly, one of the causes may have been that the driver was too tired to be behind the wheel. If that’s the case, then you could be in a position to claim for the driver’s negligence. Drowsy driving is a legitimate problem in the United States. In fact, a 2005 report from the Sleep in America poll shows that around 60 percent of drivers have admitted to driving when they’ve felt drowsy in that year alone. Another 13 percent admitted to doing Continue Reading

Car and truck accidents affect thousands of Americans yearly

Car accidents affect thousands of people in the United States, from those who are injured and victimized to the families that have to deal with the aftermath. It’s important for Boston families to get the chance to obtain justice after an accident, whether that’s through seeking a lawsuit for compensation or helping the police with a criminal case. The truth is that there are many thousands of people affected by collisions every year due to the negligence of others. It’s possible for the victims of these accidents and their families to seek out compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and Continue Reading

What are some facts about distracted driving?

Distracted driving can kill and maim anyone involved in an accident because of it. Those hurt can seek compensation, but the fact remains that many of these accidents could be prevented. Is distracted driving very common in the United States? Distracted driving is incredibly common. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2011, close to one in every five crashes involving an injury was caused by someone who was distracted while driving his or her vehicle. With over 171 billion texts sent and received within the United States by December 2012, you can be sure Continue Reading

Man accused of being drunk, killing driver in hit-and-run crash

If you’ve been in a car or truck accident, you know that the person who hits you is supposed to stay at the scene. Sometimes, people don’t, and they flee to avoid the repercussions. When that happens, the authorities may be able to file a hit-and-run charge and you may be able to make a claim for compensation accordingly. That’s not always a consolation, though, especially if the hit-and-run accident led to the death of another person like in this case. A Nov. 10 report discusses an accident caused by a 67-year-old man. The man collided with a driver on Continue Reading

Crash results in 1 pedestrian death in Massachusetts

Drivers need to be aware of the people crossing the road in crosswalks and other locations. When pedestrians are crossing in a marked crosswalk, drivers should be slowing and stopping for them, even if the pedestrians don’t have the right of way at the time. Being more cautious on the roads can prevent injuries, which is why drivers are held to high standards when it comes to slowing down. Speeding may have been a cause of a recent accident that led to a person’s death. Being unable to stop in time for someone crossing a road can mean that a Continue Reading

Driver’s bail set to 10 times usual limit due to actions

It’s not typical for a judge to set a drunk driver’s bail much higher than the general rule, but in this case, a woman who had only been 0.2 percent higher than the 0.8 percent legal alcohol limit was placed on a cash bail well above the $10,000 usually given. In fact, the judge was allegedly so disturbed by her actions that she raised the bail to $100,000. If you are injured by a driver like this one, you may feel that the judge’s actions were justified as you attempt to make a claim to get the compensation you need Continue Reading

Smartphones blamed for rise in fatal car accidents in the U.S.

As a driver, you know what you should and shouldn’t do on the road. You shouldn’t be talking on the phone, for instance, if your device isn’t hands free. If you text while you drive, then you know you’re not paying attention and can cause an accident. If you’re struck by someone who is being negligent when driving, it’s important to report your case and to make a claim, because your injuries could be the fault of their recklessness. A report from Aug. 25 states that fatal traffic accidents are up 14 percent since 2014, which is shocking considering that Continue Reading

What you need to do after a car accident in Massachusetts

If you get into a car accident in Massachusetts that wasn’t your fault, it doesn’t mean you’re not liable for the actions you take now. After the accident, if you’re injured but able to move around freely, you need to make sure you stay at the scene. Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, if you leave, you could be charged with a hit-and-run. If you need to help render aid, you will need to do so. Regardless of who is at fault, it’s important to provide medical care if and when possible. If you are injured, wait for the Continue Reading

Did distracted driving result in your injury? Fight back

Texting while driving has been outlawed in many parts of the United States, but even where it has not, it is still recognized as an extremely dangerous and distracting practice. A text message can distract you; it may only take a second or two to read a text, but in that time, your vehicle could go off the road, across the center line or into the back of a slowing vehicle in front of you. Taking your eyes off the road isn’t acceptable, and you know this. That’s why when you’re involved in an accident as a result of someone Continue Reading

Faulty door latches lead to danger on the roads

The doors of vehicles are more than just a simple way to get in and out. They complete the frame of the car, and when locked, they can help protect the people inside from being hurt in the case of a roll-over accident. Doors help keep you inside as you drive, and they keep you safe when you’re parked along the side of a road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that some vehicles, like the Ford Fiesta, Lincoln MKZ and Ford Fusion vehicles could have latches in their doors that don’t stay shut. As a result of Continue Reading

Get compensated after a pedestrian accident in Massachusetts

Have you been injured in a car accident while riding your bike or walking through Massachusetts? If you were injured because the driver of the vehicle was being negligent, you are in a position where you can likely seek compensation for your injuries. Your injuries could be completely debilitating, leaving you with pain every day. You could be struggling with broken bones, nerve damage, or a traumatic brain injury. Perhaps you’ll recover from these injuries, but if you find that the damage is permanent, you’ll need to adjust your lifestyle. You could be tired from the pain or find it Continue Reading

Widely-known neighbor dies after Arlington pedestrian accident

Massachusetts civil courts don’t award damages for losses felt by a community when a person dies suddenly in a crash. If courts did consider widespread losses, we might have a better idea of the true impact of each person’s personal contributions to lives of neighbors, friends, co-workers, employers and local organizations. People in a community just north of Boston were familiar with the good deeds of an elderly man, which included playing music for customers of a pharmacy and the local library. Even at the age of 91, the man continued to shovel snow and make his daily trek with Continue Reading

Massachusetts car seat rules and recommendations

If you’re a Boston parent, it’s likely you spend a lot of time traveling with your kids. You’re always driving somewhere: school, shopping, extracurricular activities, appointments and social occasions. When you’re in a hurry, it’s easy to forget the basics. The Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires children to be properly restrained in vehicles, according to their age and height. Eight is the minimum age to wear a seat belt, independent of other restraints. The exception — younger children over 57 inches tall and a height of at least 4-feet 8-inches — also may ride with a seat belt. Some Continue Reading

Life-saving tradition: Massachusetts holiday police patrols

Massachusetts traditions around major American holidays include get-togethers with family and friends, large meals, presents and, quite often, stepped up police patrols. That’s because traffic increases proportionately on Boston roads, depending upon the significance of a holiday. Traffic always includes a few negligent drivers, but the numbers soar when roads are busy with people focused on festivities. Alcohol is a part of many holiday celebrations. Even drivers, who are careful to monitor alcohol intake before driving during other times of year, may relax personal rules during holidays. The consequences can be disastrous for the drunk driver and for innocent accident Continue Reading

Highway car accidents often mean more serious injuries

While highways and interstates certainly make it easier to get around and cover larger distances in a shorter amount of time, they are also home to many serious accidents. The high speeds and higher risk of drivers not paying attention to the roads means that it can be difficult for drivers to slow down, stop or otherwise adjust for a wreck, disabled vehicle or other traffic issue. This can increase the chance of multi-vehicle pileups as well. The higher speed limits on highways make sense because there is a very small chance of a pedestrian trying to cross the road Continue Reading

Woman ejected from vehicle in car accident

Busy metropolitan areas are almost synonymous with heavy traffic, and bumper-to-bumper conditions and aggressive drivers can make accidents more likely. While there can be contributing factors in an accident that are beyond either driver’s control, when the post-crash investigation finds one party at fault, the other victims may be able to file a civil suit. One woman was taken to a Boston hospital after she was ejected from her vehicle in a two-car accident. According to reports, the crash occurred on the evening of Oct. 11, when a Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Silverado collided. The preliminary investigation revealed that the Continue Reading

When texting causes a car accident

Technology is becoming an ever-increasing presence in our daily lives, and the number of people who do not own a cellphone is decreasing every day. While cellphones can be very helpful in cases of emergency, it has become a common and very dangerous practice in today’s society to talk and text while doing other activities, including driving. Any driver who has been in a car accident understands how fast traffic conditions can change, and losing focus for even a few seconds can result in life-changing consequences. People who are texting while driving are prone to veering off the road without Continue Reading

Massachusetts accident under investigation, 5 injured

A two-vehicle accident in Massachusetts left five people injured and police trying to piece together what happened. According to reports, the car accident occurred on July 25 around 3:29 p.m. The crash happened close to the Tyngsboro Bridge at the intersection of Kendall Road and Middlesex Road. Both vehicles were seriously damaged in the accident, and five people were transported to local hospitals. One unidentified male was taken to Boston Medical Center by helicopter for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Four others had to be transported to Lowell General Hospital, but their conditions and injuries were not reported. According to reports, Continue Reading

Massachusetts man accused of hit-and-run

A 34-year-old Massachusetts man was being held awaiting a $10,000 bail as of July 10, after he allegedly crashed his car into a 15-year-old riding a motor scooter and then fled the scene. According to reports, the crash happened during the evening hours of July 9 at the intersection of Standish and Kingsdale streets in Dorchester. Witnesses reported that the teen had been attempting to make a turn when the red Infiniti the 34-year-old was allegedly driving hit the 15-year-old. Witnesses claim that the car then left the scene with a cracked windshield. According to police, officers saw the vehicle Continue Reading