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

Who pays for losses related to Massachusetts dog bites?

About 4.5 million U.S. residents are bitten by dogs every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported nearly 20 percent of dog bite victims require medical treatment. Reconstructive surgery was needed for 27,000 victims of dog attacks in 2012. Massachusetts law states an animal owner or keeper is liable for the damages caused by a dog bite. A dog owner is not accountable for attacks on trespassers or individuals who tease or abuse a dog, provided the bite recipient is 7 or older. Damages following a dog bite may include pain and suffering, lost wages and short- or Continue Reading

Settlement favors Massachusetts head trauma victim

 Most Boston parents would go to any lengths to make sure their children receive needed medical care. The parents of a Massachusetts teen have been doing just that since March 2011, when their 13-year-old son was hit in the head by a ball during baseball practice at a Northfield school. The boy’s parents were called to take the student home. School officials apparently didn’t recognize how serious the teen’s condition was. The teen later was airlifted to a Worcester medical facility, where he was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. The seventh grader underwent several surgeries during a two-month hospital 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

I was bitten by a dog. Now what?

Dogs are often described as man’s best friend, but in reality, this isn’t always the case. No matter what the owner tells you, any dog is capable of biting and causing serious injury. Even small breeds can do a lot of damage quickly, and dog bites also carry the risk of infection. Unfortunately, for dog bite victims, the bite is often just the beginning of a series of unpleasant experiences. Victims of dog bites from animals who are not up to date on their vaccinations may have to undergo painful rabies shot as well as medical treatment for the injury 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

Massachusetts man injured trying to save pet in dog attack

An 83-year-old man was injured at a Massachusetts beach on June 25 while trying to rescue his dog after it was attacked by a pit bull. According to witnesses, the incident happened in the late afternoon, early evening hours at Wollaston Beach. The 83-year-old man was apparently sitting on a wall with his collie-mix dog when a pit bull broke free from its owner, who was on rollerblades and unable to control the animal. The witness stated that she saw the pit bull lunge at the other dog. The 10-year-old collie-mix was killed in the attack. The man was apparently Continue Reading

Dog bites may be more common than most think

Dogs are considered man’s best friend, but that doesn’t mean the relationship between man and canine is always positive. Dog bites are a more common occurrence in Massachusetts than some people may think, and when a pet owner’s negligence results in another person’s injury, litigation may follow. While the media often portrays a few breeds as the most likely to bite, any dog, regardless of the age or breed of the animal, can bite. According to reports, 4.5 million people in the United States were bitten by dogs in 2013. Despite the common image, only 5,581 of those bitten included Continue Reading

Man pleads guilty in Massachusetts State Trooper’s death

There isn’t any good reason to drive drunk. A person who is drunk has impaired abilities to make decisions and control a vehicle. This can lead to accidents that result in serious injuries or even fatalities. For one man, making the choice to drive drunk ultimately cost a popular Massachusetts State Trooper her life. The accident occurred in 2003 when the man was driving from Wayland to Cape Cod. He rear-ended the cruiser of the female trooper who was in the breakdown lane on Route 25, inspecting a guardrail that was reportedly damaged in an earlier accident. She had the Continue Reading

Elderly Massachusetts man dies in car crash

Commuters around Boston may have been affected by a deadly car crash that occurred near routes 5 and 10 during late December 2013. An 84-year-old man from Westfield died in the motor vehicle accident. The vehicles collided at the intersection of Elm Street and North King Street, at the Exit 21 off-ramp on I-91 in Northampton. Police are investigating the events that led to the accident. The driver’s side of the 84-year-old man’s vehicle was severely damaged after a pickup truck smashed into it. According to the deputy fire chief of Northampton, responders had to extract one of the drivers Continue Reading

2 women injured in burning car

Massachusetts police responded to reports of flames engulfing a car on I-495 the morning of Dec. 16, 2013. According to police, two women suffered non-life threatening injuries in the motor vehicle accident. An ambulance rushed both women to Milford Regional Medical Center for their injuries. The accident occurred at 11:20 a.m. Police determined that the accident occurred as a 1999 Land Rover headed south, crossed over the median at a high speed and crashed into a 2013 Lexus that was driving northbound. The 1999 Land Rover caught fire after the impact of the collision. The 22-year-old male driver of the Continue Reading

Major causes for car accidents

Careless driving is often the reason for many car accidents in Massachusetts and nationwide, but it does not always mean speeding or driving under the influence. Several other factors can contribute tocar accidents that lead to injuries or death. According to a recent report, vehicle operators should be aware of several distracting behaviors that should be avoided while driving. Potential causes of accidents can be anything that draws the drivers’ attention away from the road, such as sleepiness, thirst, hunger or delaying a bathroom break. Hunger and thirst slow down reflexes and the ability to concentrate; however, eating or drinking Continue Reading

U.S. traffic fatalities on the rise for first time since 2005

It’s the end of a trend Massachusetts drivers and pedestrians would probably like to have seen continue, but after 7 years of declines, the number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. increased in 2012.Motor vehicle accident deaths rose 3.3 percent nationwide for a total of 33,561 on the year. That meant an average of 91 people killed on roadways every day as calculated by AOL Autos from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. Injuries rose during 2012 as well. In what the NHTSA said was the first “statistically significant” increase in people hurt in traffic accidents in 17 years, more Continue Reading

Improved testing for concussions in Massachusetts teen athletes

A proposed bill in Massachusetts may make testing for concussions in young athletes easier. The legislation addresses the need for baseline information concerning a student athlete’s brain function so that the severity of a head injury can be more accurately assessed. The new bill would complement legislation passed in 2010 that requires student athlete physicals on an annual basis, specialized training for those who work with those athletes and more comprehensive reporting of head injury incidents at the state level. Additional legislation is pending to institute standards for use in preventing concussions. According to reports, the bill was inspired by Continue Reading

Dog bites Needham, Massachusetts man

After receiving a report of an animal attack, the Needham Police Animal Control responded at the scene of the incident. A dog had allegedly bitten another dog after attacking it. When a man tried to separate the animals, the dog bit him. Dog bites can be very serious. According to reports, an ambulance took the dog bite victim to the hospital to receive treatment. Details about the extent of his injuries were not available. In addition to being extremely painful, dog bites require special treatment to ensure that infections don’t result, especially if the attacking dog’s vaccinations are not current. Continue Reading

Seven injured in Massachusetts car accident

In southeastern Massachusetts, a two-car crash occurred at the end of September. The car accidentoccurred as one car was turning into a nearby establishment. Another car in an oncoming lane struck the first vehicle as it executed the turn. Seven people were injured as a result of the collision. The car accident was a consequence of one person’s inattentiveness, causing seven people to be injured. Most involved had no control over the situation, yet each one of them was injured, two of them seriously. The medical bills from a car accident can add up quickly. The costs, in conjunction with Continue Reading

Speeding sedan causes deadly motorcycle crash, witness says

Motorcyclists are always vulnerable on Massachusetts roads because their relatively small size makes them hard for other drivers to see them. This also means that when unexpected obstructions pop up on the road, people on motorcycles might have a hard time seeing other vehicles as well. This appears to be the case in a recent motor vehicle accident in Andover, Massachusetts, that claimed the life of a motorcycle rider earlier this month. According to a witness to the crash, a sedan entered I-93 at a high rate of speed and immediately cut across four lanes of traffic. The witness said Continue Reading