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Besides emotional loss, how can wrongful death impact a family?

When the unimaginable happens, how does the worst news of a person's life affect them? Everyone in Massachusetts responds to the loss of a loved one differently, especially sudden loss. It's important for a person to go through the grieving process when a loved one dies suddenly. Sometimes a sudden death is affiliated with a wrongful death suit that alleges negligence on behalf of the responsible parties. Families seek out these suits after suffering not only the emotional loss of a person, but the financial and tangible losses that also tend to occur.

Losing family members like children, spouses, parents or siblings can have a huge impact on a family. There is usually a "before" and an "after," even to the point where your life feels split into two parts. Besides the emotional loss, a family may suffer financial losses directly related to the incident like medical expenses in an attempt to save their loved one's life, funeral expenses and other expensive events that were directly caused by the accident or injury they suffered on behalf of another. However, a negligent party isn't necessarily just going to hand over the kind of funds one would need to cover these expenses.

Preventing bicycle accidents

Bicycles account for about 1 percent of all trips taken on the road, but cyclists face a much higher threat of death than other motorists. The Centers for Disease Control reports that in 2015, in the United States, over 1,000 bicyclists died and almost 467,000 people were injured in a bike ride.

Adults who are aged 50 to 59 have the highest fatality rate, but children aged 5 to 19 years have the highest amount of bicycle injuries. Men are more likely to be injured than women on bicycles. It is far more riskier to ride in an urban setting than in rural areas. 

Compensation can help after suffering truck accident injury

There is something to be said for being at the right place at the right time. But what about when you have a knack for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, like inside a motor-vehicle when a commercial truck ride goes terribly wrong? Truck accident injury is serious and those injured should consider filing a personal injury claim.

Filing a negligence suit after suffering truck accident injuries may be advisable. This is especially true if you believe the truck driver, company or related third-party was responsible, at least partially, for the injuries you or loved ones suffered in the crash. Truck accidents generally have more moving parts to them than do regular personal injury claims associated with car accidents. This is due to a few factors including federal regulations of commercial trucks and the potential negligent parties involved.

Summer may bring increased risk of dog bites

When summer comes, you may be eager to hit the pool or visit the park. You will not be the only one looking to enjoy warmer weather. Many dog owners, too, will be taking their canines out to frolic and run free. According to ABC News, summer is the time when kids are most at risk of being bitten by a dog. Kids and adults alike, though, can be victimized by dogs that are simply too aggressive.

This is important to keep in mind when you head out to have fun and find yourself or your family in the company of canines. Though not all dogs bite, all dogs have the potential to do so. The following are three reasons why dogs may feel the need to bite this summer season.

Proving negligence when suffering from car accident injury

Everyone has the right to safety on Massachusetts roads. However, not all people are granted that right when they are involved in a car accident. If you believe you or a loved one's right to safety were breached due to another person's actions, how can that be remedied? At-fault drivers may be held accountable under the rules of negligence.

Negligence is a term given to behaviors in which a duty owed to a person is breached and that carelessness directly results in a person's injury. Negligence can occur in many different types of situations, including a car accident injury. Since other drivers owe a duty to other drivers and passengers to operate their vehicle safely and lawfully, they can be held accountable when they do not and it injured someone. Holding someone accountable for negligent in a car accident would include seeking damages.

Massachusetts woman loses her life in a boating accident

Summer is in full swing and people are heading to their favorite lakes, rivers and waterways to swim, fish and boat. Tubing and riding jet skis are fun and exciting activities that many enjoy on the water, but they can also be dangerous activities as one recent incident shows.

Recently, a Massachusetts woman who suffered serious injuries after being involved in a boating accident in another state has passed away. The woman, age 29, was riding a Kawasaki personal watercraft on a tubing trip. The woman, who was on the personal watercraft attached to the boat fell off and got stuck in a boat towline. The woman received CPR and was taken to an area hospital. There, she was airlifted to another medical facility. However, she passed away after spending a few days in the intensive care unit.

Smartphone mechanism could reduce drowsy driving car accidents

Fatigued driving is a very real danger in Massachusetts and across the nation. Motorists, whether they are driving for work purposes or simply travelling from point A to point B after a long day may find it difficult to keep their eyes open while on the road. Unfortunately, this can lead to devastating car accidents. However, one new invention may provide a way to reduce drowsy driving in our nation.

A professor from Hong Kong Baptist University has created a smartphone mechanism that would detect driver fatigue and then provide an alert to the drowsy driver. The goal of this mechanism is to lower the number of car crashes caused by drowsy driving.

Appeals Court allows police dog bite case to move forward

While police dogs in Massachusetts play an important role in apprehending criminals, they are animals and as such can present a danger to innocent people. As one recent case shows, should a police dog attack an innocent person, that person may want to pursue a dog bite claim. However, this may be easier said than done.

A Massachusetts Appeals Court has recently ruled that a man bitten by a police dog in 2011 can pursue a lawsuit. The incident began when the dog mistook the victim for another man who was fleeing from officers after a high-speed car chase. The victim was in a park and ride lot when the canine attacked him. The victim suffered a sizeable bite on his leg and the bite punctured his stomach twice. Moreover, he is still suffering mentally from the attack.

Building a strong case for motorcycle accident victims

Other drivers are often responsible for motorcycle accidents in Massachusetts. For example, another motorist could make a left-hand turn or change lanes in front of a motorcyclist. Or, a motorist may fail to yield when necessary to a motorcyclist. Other times, a motorist rear-ends a motorcyclist, or runs through a red light or stop sign. Speeding drivers and drunk drivers can also cause motorcycle accidents. However, whatever the cause, motorcycle accidents can be serious or even deadly affairs. After all, motorcycles, being so much smaller and lighter than an automobile, do not have physics on their side when it comes to a crash.

When a motorcyclist is injured in a crash, he or she may incur many damages, such as medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. For these reasons, motorcyclists involved in a crash caused by another motorist may want to seek compensation from the responsible party.

What damages might be sought in a wrongful death suit?

Nobody expects to lose a loved one on any given day. However, it does happen that sometimes when a person says "good-bye" to a loved one in the morning, he or she will never see that person alive again. This often happens when an act of negligence occurs.

In fact, a person in Massachusetts may be liable for the wrongful death of another if due to either his or her negligence, or through some sort of willful or reckless act, he or she causes another person to die, and had the victim survived the victim would have recovered compensation under a personal injury lawsuit. In situations like this, the victim's loved ones may want to pursue compensation via a wrongful death suit.

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