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20% of People Killed in Traffic in Massachusetts in 2023 Were Pedestrians Copy

20% of People Killed in Traffic in Massachusetts in 2023 Were Pedestrians In 2023, 346 people died in motor vehicle accidents in Massachusetts. That number includes 69 pedestrians. Though pedestrian fatalities decreased somewhat compared with 2022, the longer-term trend has been more stable. The average number of pedestrian fatalities per year across the most recent …

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What Injury Victims Can Learn from the Christmas Tree Throwing Case

What Injury Victims Can Learn from the Christmas Tree Throwing Case It’s not often that U.S. news and social media is littered with information about a personal injury case from another country. But, the dismissal of an Irish woman’s case briefly caught widespread attention, in part because of the reason her case was dismissed. She …

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Why are Intersections So Dangerous for Motorcyclists? Copy

Why are Intersections So Dangerous for Motorcyclists? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35% of fatal motorcycle accidents occur at intersections. 42% of fatal two-vehicle motorcycle crashes occurred when the other vehicle was turning left. That figure is already high, given that intersections make up a much smaller portion of the roadway, …

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Who is Eligible for Workers’ Compensation in Massachusetts?

Who is at Risk for a Hit and Run Injury?   You probably know that in Massachusetts, workers who are injured on the job are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation generally pays medical bills for employees who are injured on the job, and will also provide replacement income if the employee is …

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What Happens When the Responsible Driver is Killed in the Crash?

What Happens When the Responsible Driver is Killed in the Crash? Most people know that a negligent driver who injures you in a motor vehicle accident is typically responsible for damages. Some of the most common include paying your medical bills, paying to repair or replace your damaged vehicle, compensating you for lost income, paying …

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Why are Traffic Fatalities So High?

Why are Traffic Fatalities So High? Preliminary data suggests that traffic deaths in the United States dropped slightly in 2022 versus 2021. But, both numbers and rates remain high compared with prior years. That’s bad news, but standing alone it’s not especially useful. Solving the problem on a larger scale and individual steps to protect …

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Who is Responsible for Building Collapse Injuries and Deaths?

Who is Responsible for Building Collapse Injuries and Deaths? Most of us make certain unconscious assumptions about the safety of the world around us, such as “This building I’m working or sleeping in probably won’t collapse around me. But, recent news events have shaken that assumption a bit. For example: During the first week of …

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Massachusetts Pedestrian Fatalities Surged in 2022

Massachusetts Pedestrian Fatalities Surged in 2022 Aside from a blip during the first year of the pandemic, Massachusetts pedestrian fatalities have been relatively stable since 2015–until recently.  According to a recent report from WalkBoston, pedestrian deaths took a significant leap in 2022. Specifically, pedestrian deaths in the state increased by more than 30% year over …

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How Common are Massachusetts Work Injuries and Deaths?

How Common are Massachusetts Work Injuries and Deaths? People in most professions don’t often think about being seriously injured or killed on the job. Fortunately, both the number and rate of fatal accidents or exposures on the job are low in Massachusetts: in 2021, 97 people in the Commonwealth died due to accidents or other …

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Who is Responsible When an Injury Aggravates a Pre-Existing Condition?

Who is Responsible When an Injury Aggravates a Pre-Existing Condition? You probably know that someone who negligently injures you is generally responsible for damages. For example, if you are crossing the street in a crosswalk and are hit by a car because the driver was texting instead of paying attention to the road, that driver …

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Elevators or Escalators: What’s More Dangerous?

Elevators or Escalators: What’s More Dangerous? You’ve probably seen some scary stories online about people who have gotten their scarves caught in escalators or otherwise suffered serious injuries on the moving stairways. And, you probably haven’t heard much about elevator injuries. But, the actual statistics on elevator and escalator injuries and fatalities might surprise you. …

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The Winter Holidays Are a Dangerous Time to Be Driving

The Winter Holidays Are a Dangerous Time to Be Driving When you think about high-risk traffic days, holidays like the 4th of July and Memorial Day weekend probably spring to mind. Summer holidays with long weekends often mean parties, barbecues, and a lot of alcohol. And, it’s true that the 4th of July, Memorial Day, …

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Injured at the Gym?

Injured at the Gym? You go to the gym to get healthy. That pitch is right in each of the many names the facilities go by, such as health club and fitness center. But sometimes, that workout doesn’t go as planned. In fact, the Insurance Information Institute (III) says exercise equipment accounted for more than …

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Traffic May Be the Scariest Thing About Halloween

Traffic May Be the Scariest Thing About Halloween Halloween is meant to be scary– haunted houses, ghosts and goblins, creepy decorations, ghost stories and more give the night an eerie feel. But, most of us realize that the traditional “dangers” of Halloween aren’t real. What you may not know is that drivers and pedestrians – …

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Who is at Greatest Risk for a Motorcycle Fatality?

Who is at Greatest Risk for a Motorcycle Fatality? You may know that motorcyclists are generally at greater risk in traffic than drivers and occupants of other types of vehicles. In fact, motorcycles make up just 3% of the registered vehicles in the United States. Yet, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), motorcyclists and …

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Airbag Injuries: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

Airbag Injuries: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks? Airbags have contributed to vehicle safety, and are generally credited with a role in the downward trend in traffic fatality rates. In the early 1970s, there were more than 50,000 traffic deaths annually, despite the US population being considerably smaller than it is today. The rate of …

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What to Know About Motorcycle Helmets

What to Know About Motorcycle Helmets Walking seems like a relatively safe way to get around, but the data says otherwise. Between 2007-2016, nationwide pedestrian fatalities rose 27%, reaching nearly 6,000 in 2017. Although Massachusetts saw a small decline in pedestrian deaths from 2016 to 2017, the problem remains serious. More than 800 Massachusetts children …

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Faulty Car Repair Accident Lawsuits

Faulty Car Repair Accident Lawsuits   Most car accident cases involve the injured person making a claim against the driver who caused the collision. But, occasionally, a car accident is caused–at least in part–by something other than driver negligence. Some common examples include faulty road design or maintenance and defective automobile parts. Another is negligent …

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How Road Maintenance Affects Motorcyclists

How Road Maintenance Affects Motorcyclists Motorcyclists are at greater risk than occupants of passenger vehicles for many reasons. The most significant and obvious is that motorcycle riders aren’t protected by a metal cage as those riding in cars, trucks, vans and SUVs are. So, a motorcyclist who is involved in a traffic crash may be …

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Who is to Blame for a Slip and Fall in a Store When It’s Raining?

Who is to Blame for a Slip and Fall in a Store When It’s Raining? Generally, a store owner has a legal obligation to maintain the premises in safe condition for customers and others who visit the shop. That duty covers a wide range of issues, from ensuring that the premises are in safe repair …

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Dangerous Driving Declines, but Not Enough

Dangerous Driving Declines, but Not Enough About two years ago, I wrote about a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. That survey revealed that most drivers recognized the dangers of activities like aggressive driving, texting while driving, and driving under the influence. But, those same respondents told researchers those behaviors were still pretty …

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What is Multi-district Litigation (MDL)?

What is Multi-District Litigation (MDL) ulti-district litigation is a way to manage large numbers of court cases against the same defendant and involving the same issues. Some high-profile MDLs currently underway include the Zantac (ranitidine) cancer lawsuits, opioid suits, and Roundup product liability litigation. But, there are many other MDLs you never hear about. As …

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How to Find the Best Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident Attorney

How to Find the Best Massachusetts Motorcycle Accident Attorney When you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, the right motorcycle accident attorney can help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries. Working with an experienced Massachusetts motorcycle accident lawyer can also free up your time and attention to focus on your recovery. It can …

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How Unhealthy Truck Drivers Can Cause Accidents

How Unhealthy Truck Drivers Can Cause Accidents Attendees and participants in the Squantum Independence Day Parade in Quincy got some unexpected excitement this year.  When a float carrying children appeared to drift, adults nearby noticed that the cab of the flatbed truck appeared to be empty. The driver, it turned out, had suffered a heart …

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Do Motorcycle Helmet Laws Work?

You probably know that motorcyclists are at greater risk than occupants of vehicles like cars, light trucks, and SUVs. The Institute for Insurance Information (III) found that on a per-mile-traveled basis, motorcyclists were 28 times as likely to die on the road as those traveling in passenger vehicles. One obvious reason for the greater risk …

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Wrong-Way Fatalities on the Rise

A recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA) shows that traffic deaths from wrong-way collisions are on the rise in the United States. And, recent news reports suggest that the situation is even worse in Massachusetts.   AAA looked at data from two consecutive four-year blocks of time, specifically involving fatal wrong-way …

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Seat Belt Use Can Dramatically Reduce TBI Risks

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) can happen in a variety of ways. Some of the most common include unintentional falls, motor vehicle accidents, violence, and being struck accidentally with an object. All of these types of head injuries can be very serious, and potentially even fatal. However, automobile accidents can be particularly dangerous. Massachusetts TBI Data …

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Heartwarming Pedestrian Accident Story Also Highlights Dangers

At the end of April, a Littleton couple celebrated the third anniversary of being hit by an intoxicated driver by thanking the paramedic who saved their lives. The couple was walking their dog in April of 2018, when the driver hit them and continued on to plow his vehicle into a bank building. Though the …

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Massachusetts Road Fatalities Hold Steady, Despite Lower Miles Traveled

2020 was the year of staying home. Across the United States, miles traveled on both local roads and highways dropped as millions of people worked from home instead of making their daily commutes, schools shifted to remote learning or cut back the number of school days, and bars, restaurants, and other common destinations shut down …

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Should You Always Call the Police After a Car Accident?

Every state has different rules for when the police must be called after a motor vehicle accident. Both Massachusetts and New Hampshire are fairly liberal in their reporting requirements. While some states require certain types of accidents to be reported to the police immediately, both Massachusetts and New Hampshire allow for reporting in writing. Submission …

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Who is Responsible for Injury to the Passenger of a Drunk Driver?

Who is Responsible for Injury to the Passenger of a Drunk Driver? In mid-November, an automobile driven by a Lowell woman crashed into two houses in Manchester, injuring the driver and her passenger. The driver was charged with driving while intoxicated. And, because her passenger was injured while she was allegedly driving under the influence, …

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Who is to Blame for Apartment Building Injuries?

Who is to Blame for Apartment Building Injuries? Earlier this year, a young University professor was tragically killed when a package she was attempting to move accidentally hit an elevator button, causing the elevator to move. The victim was pinned between the elevator and the shaft. She died of asphyxiation. Initially, an elevator malfunction was …

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How Dangerous is Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana?

How Dangerous is Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana? Recreational marijuana use has been legalized in Massachusetts and decriminalized in New Hampshire. Recently, neighboring Maine joined Massachusetts in decriminalization. Several surveys conducted over the past few years demonstrate that most Americans favor legalization. But, a study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA) …

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Liability in Single-Vehicle Accident Cases

“Traffic crash” brings to mind a collision between two or more vehicles, but that isn’t always the way it plays out. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that about 40% of fatal motorcycle crashes involve only one vehicle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the rate …

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Are You Guilty of Unconscious Tailgating?

Tailgating is dangerous, but all too common. It’s especially risky at higher speeds, and in crowded traffic conditions where even a relatively minor rear-end collision can touch off a chain reaction. You undoubtedly see other drivers following too close or accelerating right up behind another vehicle all the time. But, do you do it yourself? …

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Actions Speak Louder than Words in Traffic Safety

A study released this month by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA) suggests that one simple problem has a significant impact on the number of traffic fatalities and other crashes on U.S. roads–when it comes to driving, our actions aren’t consistent with our beliefs. In other words, many drivers acknowledge that certain behaviors are …

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Road Usage is Down, but Traffic Fatalities Climb

Traffic in the Northeast and around the country has been unusually low this spring. Coronavirus-related shutdowns and a large-scale shift to working from home meant far fewer cars on the road. You might reasonably assume that would make the roads safer, but data shows something else. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), nationwide motor …

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Violations of Massachusetts Hands-Free Law are Common–and Deadly

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Massachusetts law that prohibited most hands-on device use by drivers in the state. The law took effect on February 23, but Massachusetts drivers got a bit of a grace period. Until the end of March, drivers caught violating the law were only issued warnings. A fatal …

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Can I Get Workers’ Compensation for Covid-19?

When you think of workers’ compensation claims, you probably think of a work-related injury or long-term exposure to toxins. While those types of claims are certainly more common, Massachusetts workers’ compensation does provide for infectious disease claims under certain circumstances. The determination in an infectious disease case typically revolves around whether or not the exposure …

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Are Technological Advances Increasing Crush Injury Risk at Work?

Automation in the workplace is designed to improve efficiency, lower costs, and even reduce the physical strain on workers. But, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is warning that robotics in the workplace may increase some risks to human workers. Though NIOSH makes it clear that additional information is required, the organization’s …

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Massachusetts Ranks # 6 in Nation for Fatal Day Drinking Accidents

A late 2019 report from a national insurance marketplace ranked Massachusetts the sixth “booziest brunching” state. The company analyzed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data across four years to determine the percentage of fatal daytime automobile accidents attributable to driving under the influence. Both Massachusetts and New Hampshire saw significant declines in drunk driving …

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Falling Can Be Fatal—and It’s More Common than You Think

When most of us think about falling, it’s a slip on the ice that jars us for a moment or a trip and stumble that comes to mind. However, serious falls are more common than you may think. In one recent year, 59% of unintentional injury hospital stays were attributable to falls. According to the …

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Vape Ban Comes Too Late for Middlesex County Woman

In late September, Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker issued a temporary ban on the sale of vape-related products in the Commonwealth. The ban, with minor modifications, survived legal challenge, and the sale of most vaping-related materials is currently prohibited. But, just weeks after the ban took effect, the Department of Public Health reported that the death …

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Minimizing Winter Weather Road Risks

The season of ice and snow is upon us. It won’t come as any surprise to most drivers that in cold-weather states that winter weather can create risky driving conditions. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHA), 24% of weather-related crashes each year occur on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement. These …

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Living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is more common than most people realize, and can have a significant, lifelong impact on the injured person and his or her family.  Some of the possible long-term effects of traumatic brain injury include: Frequent headaches or migraines Sensitivity to light and sound Dizziness Memory problems Cognitive issues Sleep disorders Visual …

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Protecting Yourself and Your Children from Dog Bite Injuries

Dogs have become the most popular pet in the United States. Americans share their homes with nearly 90 million dogs nationwide, and more than 38% of U.S. households own at least one. The percentages in the Northeast are a bit lower: 29% of households in Massachusetts and just 24% in New Hampshire include dogs. Still, …

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Fatal Truck-Motorcycle Crash Spotlights Risks

On July 6, bikers from around the country took part in a 90-mile tribute ride and memorial service for the seven members of the Massachusetts JarHeads Motorcycle Club who were killed in traffic on June 21. According to Marine Corps Times, more than 3,000 motorcyclists gathered in New Hampshire, coming from as far away as …

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How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claim differs from state to state. In most states, the injured person has two, three, or four years to file most injury-related lawsuits. In both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the general statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years. However, different injury cases are treated differently. For …

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e-Scooters Raise New Massachusetts Personal Injury Questions

E-scooters can offer significant benefits to communities and the planet. For example, they can reduce traffic congestion, reduce the greenhouse gasses released by traditional motor vehicles, and provide access to transportation for people who are not near public transportation stops. Scooter sharing programs such as Byrd and Lime make it possible to take advantage of …

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Avoiding Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities

The 2019 Dangerous by Design report from Smart Growth America (SGA) reveals a disturbing increase in pedestrian fatalities. More than 49,000 pedestrians were killed throughout the U.S. between 2008 and 2017. Across that 10-year period, the annual number of fatalities climbed from 4,414 to 5,977—an increase of more than 35%. By 2017, pedestrian deaths made …

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Can I Sue My Employer for Personal Injury?

In most cases, employees may not pursue personal injury lawsuits against their employers in connection with injuries sustained on the job or in the workplace. In both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as in most other states, workers’ compensation is an exclusive remedy. That means that a workers’ compensation claim is typically the injured worker’s only …

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Lost Wages and Earning Capacity in Personal Injury Cases

In a successful personal injury case, the injured party is awarded damages to compensate for his or her losses due to the injury. Some common types of damages in personal injury cases include reimbursement for medical bills, payment for rehabilitative services, compensation for pain and suffering, and lost earnings. Lost Wages v. Earning Capacity There …

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Wrong-Way Collisions Often Tied to Driving Under the Influence

Early in November, a 31-year-old New Hampshire man was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison in connection with a wrong-way collision. Ryan Kittredge entered a guilty plea to manslaughter and reckless conduct after a three-vehicle crash that resulted in two deaths. One of the victims was a retired Massachusetts police sergeant. Kittredge was …

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Automobile Insurance that Benefits You Directly

Personal Injury Protection, Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage, and More This is the second part in a two-part series on protecting yourself, your family, and your assets with proper automobile insurance coverage. Read Part 1 here. In the last post, I talked about the importance of adequate automobile liability insurance. Liability insurance helps to protect your assets …

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