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

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

The victims of Massachusetts dog bites and their injuries

Despite what some Boston residents believe, any dog — pure bred or mixed breed — may bite. For some dogs, biting occurs only after extreme provocation. Victims bear the pain and suffering, no matter what precedes a dog bite – 50 percent of the injured are children, mostly ages 5 to 9. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated about 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs every year. Around 885,000 people require medical treatment. Injuries were serious enough for 27,000 dog bite victims in 2012 to require reconstructive surgery. A 2010 study by the Agency 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

Dog bites may be more likely from animals tied up outside

Dog bites are often attributed to a higher genetic level of aggressiveness in certain breeds, but even normally friendly dogs may be more likely to bite in certain circumstances. Dogs can bite for many reasons, including out of fear, because they are sick or injured or to protect their owners from a perceived threat. Dog bites may be more common during the summer months, however, because more dogs are chained up outside for longer periods of time. Current Massachusetts law prohibits a dog from being tied up outside for longer than 24 hours. However, some animal activists believe even this 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

Chrysler and Ford recall more vehicles for dangerous defects

Automotive giants recalling millions of their automobiles to fix life-threatening defects have become the norm this year. Now, Chrysler and Ford have announced even more recalls relating to problems with airbags, door latches and electric windows. The defects allegedly have not resulted in any known injuries or fatalities, according to the manufacturers. Hopefully, all vehicle owners in Massachusetts will be proactive about reporting to the dealership to get these potentially dangerous problems fixed before they are involved in a car accident. These most recent recalls will affect hundreds of thousands of automobiles. Ford’s recall involves over 750,000 C-Max and Escape Continue Reading

Massachusetts trooper suspended from duty following car accident

A spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police has announced the indefinite suspension from duty without pay of a trooper who was recently arrested following an alleged drunk driving car accident. The spokesperson said that the man’s suspension status will be reassessed depending on the results of his criminal proceedings. The trooper was arrested after he was involved in an off-duty car accident that caused serious injury to his passenger. Police say that the off-duty motor vehicle accident occurred just prior to 1 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning. A passenger who was riding with the trooper suffered critical injuries in Continue Reading

7-year-old girl dies in Massachusetts drunk driving accident

A Massachusetts woman has appeared in court to face charges involving the death of a 7-year-old pedestrian. According to prosecutors, the woman was under the influence of alcohol when she killed the young girl in a drunk driving accident. The victim’s mother also appeared at the hearing and was seen with tears in her eyes. The mother and her daughter had been walking together, holding each other’s hands, when the woman struck them. The mother said that she was hoping for some kind of an apology from the allegedly drunk driver regarding her daughter’s death, but none was forthcoming. She 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

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

Man injured in motor vehicle accident at pizza eatery

A driver has been cited in a crash that injured a patron inside Papa Gino’s pizza restaurant. The allegedly negligent driver is a 73-year-old Massachusetts resident who left the roadway following a rear-end collision with another auto. The driver reportedly attempted to hit the brakes in his Ford F-150, and a Brockton police sergeant followed up by stating that the driver appeared to have instead pressed the accelerator. The scene of the motor vehicle accident was the 600 block of Crescent Street in Brockton’s east side on a Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported from the initial car accident. The Continue Reading

Animal officer receives calls for four dog bites each week

According to a new report, a Massachusetts animal control officer has said that he now answers an average 13 calls due to people improperly storing their trash and irresponsible pet owners. He reports that an average of four of the calls a week include dog bites to either humans or other dogs. Many dog bites often include serious injury. For example, an incident in late May resulted in a young girl receiving 25 stitches to her head. In this case, the owner voluntarily had the dog euthanized prior to the hearing to review the attack. The officer also reports that Continue Reading

Massachusetts woman airlifted to hospital following crash

A woman was flown to a Boston hospital via medical flight air ambulance after she ran a stop sign and struck another car. The woman hit the passenger side of the other vehicle. Currently, officials say that the woman may have been going as much as 40 miles per hour. When officers arrived on the scene, they say the woman seemed disoriented, and she told them she may have blacked out, which prompted them to call for a medical flight air ambulance to ensure she had no internal injuries. She was released from the hospital the same day as the 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

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