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

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

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

Feds announce rule requiring backup cameras on new vehicles

Roll-over accidents are far too common in Massachusetts and the rest of the country, predominantly affecting two of the nation’s most vulnerable populations: children and senior citizens. The accidents occur when motorists accidentally back over victims who are standing or sitting behind the vehicles in blind spots. Rear view mirrors are not enough to prevent these tragic accidents, safety advocates say, and data from the Department of Transportation backs up this argument. In a report from 2010, the DOT concluded that 210 people are killed each year in roll-over accidents involving cars and lightweight trucks. Recognizing that backup cameras could Continue Reading