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Many drivers fail to see motorcycles out on the roads

Drivers in Massachusetts and states throughout the country are cautioned to limit the distractions in their vehicles so that they can put their attention on the roads before them. Too often Worcester residents hear horrific accounts of drivers causing accidents because they were looking at their phones or trying to multitask while operating their vehicles. Driving is an involved process that requires a person to watch what is happening around them, manage their own vehicle, and anticipate the actions of other drivers and pedestrians.

However, despite drivers' attempts to stay focused on the roads, there is one form of transportation that they often fail to see: motorcycles. Motorcycles are often hit by drivers of larger vehicles because those drivers simply do not look for them and often fail to check for them when they make driving maneuvers.

What damages may be sought after an animal attack?

Personal injuries such as those that victims suffer after animal bites and attacks can take different forms and can involve different types and severity of damage. For this reason the types and amounts of damages that Massachusetts victims may pursue after such incidents will depend upon the harm that they individually suffered. Consultation with attorneys who work in the personal injury field is recommended for those who want to learn more about how their cases may be assessed.

Generally, however, there is a wide range of damages that victims of animal attacks may be able to sue for depending upon their losses. In most cases victims can seek the recovery of their medical costs; after an animal attack a victim may seek emergency treatment, require surgery, need medications, and require follow-up care. The costs of medically recovering from an attack can be extensive.

Understanding whiplash injuries

Winter has come calling in Massachusetts, and with winter comes an increased number of motor vehicle accidents. With icy and snowy roads an ever-present possibility at this time of year, unfortunately you face a higher risk of another motorist rear-ending you, resulting in a whiplash injury

A whiplash injury occurs when the force of the other vehicle hitting yours causes your head and neck to jerk violently back and forth. This abrupt and violent motion can result in many of your nerves and tissues becoming damaged, leading to numerous symptoms including the following:

  • Severe neck pain
  • Severe shoulder and/or upper back pain
  • Substantial neck stiffness
  • Substantially reduced head and neck range of motion
  • Frequent severe headaches
  • Frequent and persistent shoulder and/or arm tingling, numbness and/or weakness

Working for victims of winter car accidents

Car accidents happen throughout the year, but it may seem to readers of this Worcester personal injury blog that some of the worst ones happen in winter. There is some truth to this inclination, as winter roads can be treacherous due to the presence of ice, slush and snow. Drivers who fail to maintain their vehicles on weather-affected surfaces can serious harm to themselves and others when their vehicles are involved in crashes.

While many Massachusetts residents will escape the winter without being involved in crashes or collisions, some will unfortunately experience the challenges of living through winter weather car accidents. After a crash it is important that a victim seeks medical help for any and all injuries they may have suffered in their collision, and it is also important that they collect information about the other drivers and conditions that were present when their incident occurred.

More delivery trucks during the holidays may mean more accidents

Although some Worcester residents may still prefer to shop for holiday gifts at their local stores and outlets, many people enjoy the convenience of online shopping and free delivery to have their purchases shipped directly to their front doors. During the month of December, Massachusetts residents may see more delivery trucks out on the roads as drivers rush to keep up with the onslaught of boxes that individuals expect in a timely manner. With more trucks on the roads and tighter deadlines to meet, truck drivers may not always make the best decisions about how to stay safe on the roads.

Just like drivers of larger commercial vehicles, delivery truck drivers can succumb to unsafe driving practices that can put the lives of others at risk. For example, drivers who are not properly trained on the functionality of their vehicles may not know how to maneuver or stop their trucks safely, and drivers who feel rushed by hectic delivery schedules may make unsafe choices about how to get to each of their destinations.

Does the one-bite rule apply in Massachusetts?

Many Worcester households include pets that enrich the lives of their owners. Over time, animals can become members of a family and can hold special places in the hearts of those who love them. However, it is important that everyone remembers that pets are animals and can act out of character when they are faced with new or threatening situations.

It is an unfortunate fact that many dog bites and attacks occur when their owners fail to recognize the potential harm their pets can inflict on others. In some jurisdictions, dogs are permitted one bite, meaning that if they have not previously exhibited any dangerous behaviors, they are given one chance after they have bitten their victims. If they attack again, they and their owners will face consequences.

Wrong way driver injures four in Massachusetts

Spotting dangerous drivers on the road can be a scary experience for a Worcester resident. They may see an aggressive driver approaching in their rearview mirror, or they may watch a driver swerve in and out of traffic as they attempt to speed down the road. However, one of the most unnerving things that a driver may experience while operating their vehicle is witnessing another vehicle coming toward them as it travels the wrong way.

This is what recently happened in Taunton. An elderly man was driving southbound when he collided with two vehicles. Rather than stopping, the man turned his vehicle on the freeway and continued driving southbound in the northbound lanes of traffic.

Wrong-way accident leaves multiple victims injured

Driving on an interstate or high-speed highway can be stressful. When traffic is heavy or conditions are unfavorable, a Massachusetts driver may decide to take things slow to ensure they are able to make good decisions on these roads when others may be driving irresponsibly. While drivers are often able to avoid collisions on highways by driving defensively and staying alert, reckless individuals can still cause injuries and harm by their devastating acts.

Not long ago, several vehicles were involved in a serious accident on I-495 near Norton. A vehicle entered the interstate going the wrong way and crashed into at least two other vehicles. As a result, six people in the two affected cars were injured and taken to hospitals. An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway, although law enforcement officials have announced that the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was killed in the accident. All of the victims are expected to survive their injuries.

Common driving distractions to watch out for

Many people are aware of the dangers of using a cell phone while behind the wheel. It is for this reason the state of Massachusetts has fought incessantly to get tougher laws on the books to punish those who use this common distraction.

However, there are many other ways to become distracted while driving. Many of them are second nature, so drivers do not give them a second thought. Whenever you engage in the following, you greatly increase your odds of ending up in a car accident

Compensation for families through wrongful death litigation

It is getting darker each night at an earlier hour and Massachusetts residents may be finding that they are arriving home well after the sun has set in the evening sky. As darkness spreads and colder temperatures set in, drivers in Worcester could discover that their daily commutes are a little more challenging and considerably more slippery as they are forced to contend with snow, sleet, and ice. Though hazardous roads may be managed through careful driving and patience, it is an unfortunate fact that many people drive too fast and aggressively for deteriorating conditions.

Accidents on slick roads are common and some can be deadly. A crash caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person can leave a victim struggling to live or may result in the absolute tragedy of one or more fatalities. When Massachusetts residents perish in vehicle collisions, their families may feel completely lost when it comes to knowing and acting on their rights.

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