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Truck drivers are held to high impaired driving standards

Commercial drivers, including truck drivers, are held to a higher standard than other drivers concerning impaired driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established standards for commercial drivers related to impaired driving. Commercial accidents and truck accidents can be particularly serious and costly physically, financially and emotionally for victims, so it is important that truck drivers are not careless on the roadways.

Impaired truck drivers can threaten public safety and can also be liable when they injure victims in a truck accident. Drivers and employers that may be liable when an impaired commercial truck driver has caused an accident can include individuals or companies that lease commercial vehicles; individuals or companies that employ commercial drivers; local, state and federal governments; private motor carriers, and others.

What is medical malpractice in Massachusetts?

Victims who have suffered harm related to the receipt of medical care are oftentimes left in a stressful position, and may wonder whether medical malpractice is a factor in their cases. In general, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional negligently causes harm to a patient. At times, medical malpractice results in harm such as a worsened condition, or it can result in death. Medical malpractice can include misdiagnosis or erroneous treatment. Doctors, medical professionals, hospitals and others can all be liable for medical malpractice based on the circumstances.

There are a variety of considerations involved in a Massachusetts medical malpractice claim and they can be complex. It is necessary to understand that important timelines can apply to medical malpractice claims and understand the damages that may be available to injured victims. If a misdiagnosis, erroneous treatment or a prescription error resulted in a worsened condition or other type of harm, the victim and the victim's family may be able to recover compensation for the damages suffered.

Car accident fatalities are on the rise

Car accident fatalities can devastate families, which is why the legal system provides remedies to help those affected by them. Car accident fatalities in the United States increased last year and are on track this year to be even worse. Deaths in automobile accidents increased by a little over 7 percent in 2015 from 2014. The total number of car accident fatalities in 2015 was 35,092. The increase represented the most significant increase since 1966. In addition, the National Safety Council recently reported that car accident fatalities are up 9 percent for the first half of 2016.

According to experts, one cause alone cannot be blamed for the increase, though the increased use of cell phones has likely led to an increase in distracted driving. Improvements in the economy and employment have led to more people driving to work. A greater number of commercial vehicles on the roadways also raises the chances of crashes between large trucks and cars. In addition, improved weather and a record-setting warm winter this past season brought more crashes, as a greater number of drivers, motorcycles and pedestrians were on the roadways.

Massachusetts semi-truck accident injures 4

A recent semi-truck accident in a neighboring community northeast of the Worcester area left 4 victims injured, one of them critically. According to authorities, a semi-truck was traveling in the middle lane when it swerved into the left lane for an unknown reason that is being investigated. When the tractor trailer swerved into the left lane, it clipped the back of an SUV and caused it to roll over into the median.

Authorities reported that a 45-year old female front-seat passenger in the SUV was flown to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries as a result of the truck accident. Two children, ages 8 and 9, in the back seat of the SUV were also taken the hospital with serious injuries. The 53-year old man driving the SUV was also injured in the truck accident. The investigation into the incident continues.

Understanding options available to pedestrian accident victims

Pedestrian accidents can be overwhelming for victims and lead to serious injuries and other harm. Pedestrian victims can be injured or killed in car accidents, truck accidents and bus accidents. These incidents can occur in a variety of ways, such as when a driver fails to yield the right of way to a pedestrian; when a driver fails to stop at a cross walk for a pedestrian; when a driver fails to come to a complete stop at a stop sign and hits a pedestrian; when a driver fails to come to a complete stop at an intersection before turning right and strikes a pedestrian; when drivers fail to provide adequate space for pedestrians on the roadways; or when drivers travel too fast on roadways, creating risk to pedestrians.

Additionally, a variety of serious injuries, and death, can be suffered by pedestrian victims in a pedestrian accident. Injuries can include head, brain, spinal cord and back injuries; broken bones; muscle and ligament injuries; and a multitude of other types of injuries as well. Victims may suffer damages as a result of their injuries including medical expenses, future medical care costs, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering. Family members of a loved one unexpectedly killed in a pedestrian accident can also suffer damages including medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services, and pain and suffering.

What are some tips to keep motorcyclists safe?

Because it is important to safely share the road with all different types of vehicles, tips to help promote motorcycle safety can be useful for drivers to understand. Because motorcycles are smaller, they are also more difficult to see which also leaves motorcyclists more vulnerable if they do get into an accident. The size of motorcycles may also cause them to appear faster and further away than they are. In addition, motorcycles do not have the same safety features of passenger vehicles that makes motorcycle accident victims especially vulnerable to injuries when a motorcycle accident occurs.

Tips for safe driving around motorcycles can be helpful for drivers to learn and understand. It is useful to increase your safe driving distance to 4 seconds when following a motorcycle. It is also useful to allow additional space during inclement weather because inclement weather can increase challenges motorcyclists face. Drivers of passenger vehicles should also keep in mind to check their blind spots frequently for motorcycles.

Massachusetts woman mauled by 2 dogs

A 60-year old woman in Massachusetts standing near her door was recently mauled by two dogs. As a result of the dog attack, the victim suffered severe injuries to her left hand. The woman reported that she was taking her dog for a walk when she saw the other two dogs aggressively approaching her. The woman's dog also suffered injuries in the dog attack incident.

The woman reported following the incident that she began screaming when the two dogs came running at her and her dog because she was familiar with their aggressive nature. The victim noted she extended her hand and arm to defend against the attack but one of the dogs latched onto her hand and began shaking its head back and forth. The other dog began attacking her dog on its right rear leg.. The dog attacking the woman let go when the woman's husband came to her aid. The owner of the dogs then regained control of them. The victim was taken by ambulance to the hospital, and her dog was taken to the veterinarian for treatment.

Accident-related fatalities are increasing

In the United States, record numbers of victims are dying in a variety of different types of fatal accidents including car accidents but increasingly because of falls. The National Safety Council reports that 136,000 victims died accidentally in 2014 which is the highest number of fatal accident victims there has ever been. The number of fatal accident victims has increased by over 15 percent compared to 10 years ago and has increased by over 4 percent from 2013.

During 2014, car accidents resulted in 35,398 deaths. Though the number of car accident fatalities has declined, each victim represents the loss of life and a devastating loss for families. Driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and other behaviors continue to contribute to fatal car accidents. Distracted driving also continues to be an increasing problem. Distracted driving can be an underreported problem and there is currently minimal distracted driving data to fully understand its impact on the roadways.

Increasing trucking safety with electronic logs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the trucking industry to help ensure safety. One type of regulation is hours of service which places certain limits on the amount of time truck drivers can drive and attempts to limit truck driver fatigue. A new rule is using improved technology to strengthen compliance with hours-of-service regulations to help prevent fatigue. Electronic logging devices will now be used to record hours of service and are expected to reduce industry costs associated with paperwork in addition to improving safety.

Electronic logging devices are expected, on average, to avoid 26 fatalities and 562 injuries that result from large commercial vehicle accidents annually. Electronic logging devices automatically record driving hours and also monitor engine hours, vehicle movement, location and miles driven. In the past, it has been difficult to verify hours logged in log books and determine when truck driver behaviors may be violating federal laws and placing the public at risk.

Options available when injured by a defective product

Defective products can cause serious and potentially catastrophic injuries that can result in death. In Massachusetts, products must be safe for a reasonably intended and foreseeable use. In addition, products must include proper instructions and sufficient warnings. When a product causes serious injuries or death, the product manufacturer may be liable to victims or family members of lost loved ones for the damages and harm they have suffered.

Products liability law is available to help victims injured by defective products through personal injury and wrongful death options. Problems can include products with inadequate instructions; products that malfunction such as seat belts or air bags or other products; poorly designed products such as power tools or others; improperly manufactured products; dangerous prescription drugs; or harmful products such as asbestos.

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