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Grounds on which wrongful death claims may be filed

A wrongful death is one that occurs due to the actions or omissions of another person. They happen on Massachusetts roads when irresponsible drivers allow distractions to take their attention away from driving and accidents occur with fatal results. They occur when others neglect to act responsibly and put other people's lives in danger due to their carelessness.

In essence, wrongful deaths can be based on acts of negligence. When a person acts negligently, they fail to exercise their duty of care to others and act reasonably given their circumstances. For example, a driver has a duty of care to their passengers and other people who use the roads; if they choose to text and drive or to excessively speed, they may fail in their duty and cause a dangerous collision.

Answering important questions after a truck accident

A collision between a large truck and a smaller passenger vehicle can be devastating. Victims of these incidents can suffer an array of serious injuries, life-long traumas, and even death. Massachusetts survivors of these often preventable but always shattering events may find themselves trying to recover but struggling to understand what options they may have.

They may receive notices from insurance companies offering to settle their claims. They may watch their medical expenses pile up as they work toward finding relief from their pain and suffering after their collisions. They may worry about their jobs as they spend more and more time away from work as they recuperate.

Despite drop in deaths, motorcycle fatalities are still a problem

Earlier this year the Governor's Highway Safety Administration published a press release that noted that in 2017, motorcycle accident fatalities had dropped 5.6 percent over those suffered in 2016. That reduction in deaths calculated out to nearly 300 fewer lives lost in these roadway tragedies. However, despite the lowering of the national motorcycle accident fatality rate, nearly 5,000 individuals were still lost in motorcycle accidents in 2017.

Massachusetts residents may often read about tragic accidents involving motorcycles in their local newspapers because motorcycle deaths happen everywhere and in every state across the nation. Despite the fact that there are many ways that drivers can help reduce these preventable and often deadly collisions, many drivers continue to operate in dangerous ways and put motorcycle drivers and riders at risk.

Ways to avoid drowsy driving

Many people, who otherwise consider themselves safe drivers, underestimate the dangers of getting behind the wheel while sleepy. However, drowsiness strongly impairs driving ability and leads to a high rate of accidents.

Severe fatigue can have an effect equivalent to that of the legal threshold of intoxication. However, you do not have to be falling asleep on your feet to be unsafe to drive. Undersleeping by as little as two hours can dull attention and slow reflexes.

What can drivers do to avoid texting and driving?

It is completely normal for Worcester residents to see men and women, teens and even young children, walking down the streets with cellphones in their hands. Whether they are sending messages to friends or colleagues, searching for addresses or information, or updating their social media feeds, there is one thing for certain: they are not paying much attention to what is happening in front of them.

This terrifying scenario not only plays out on sidewalks, but also in the drivers' seats of many Massachusetts vehicles. Drivers continue to use their cellphones at an alarming rate and, when they do, they put everyone else on the road at risk.

What to do after an attack by a potentially rabid animal

Domestic animal bites often happen when pet owners fail to control their cats, dogs, and other creatures through training or restraints. In Massachusetts, the victim of an animal attack may be able to recover compensation for their injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. However, before a person gets around to meeting with an attorney to discuss their legal rights, there are some important health issues they should first address.

A person who is bitten by an animal should seek medical attention to have any wounds treated and to be assessed for potential exposure to certain diseases. For example, rabies is a life-threatening disease that may be passed from an infected animal to a person through saliva. When a rabid dog bites a person, there is a chance that the disease could pass from the animal to the human.

Helping victims of wrongful death incidents

When a tragedy strikes unexpectedly, a Massachusetts family may be left reeling. The family may find themselves facing financial peril as they lose the financial support of a loved one and incur medical expenses related to the care they received before their death. They undoubtedly will feel the emotional devastation of never being able to see their loved one again.

No legal strategy can bring someone back after a fatal accident but that does not mean that the law abandons those who are left in the wake of a wrongful death incident. Wrongful death claims are designed to give deceased individuals' loved ones a means of reclaiming the losses they have been forced to experience due to the negligent, reckless, or criminal conduct of others.

Tips for staying safe while operating a motorcycle

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders die at a rate 27 times higher than people in cars. This means that motorcyclists face significant threats when they take to the roads of Massachusetts. There are, however, some important safety tips to follow to stay safe when enjoying time on a motorcycle.

First, before a person even gets on a motorcycle, they must have the right license to do so. Once they have gotten a license and have made sure that their new motorcycle is safe, they may wish to practice operating it on safe and familiar streets before taking it out into busy or crowded places.

Focus on back-to-school safety

Like most parents in Massachusetts, you feel bittersweet about your children going back to school. Your kids might be bored and driving you crazy by now, but summer flew by much too fast. During back-to-school shopping and registration madness, it is also important to address safety concerns, especially when your children will be near traffic.

Whether your kids ride their bikes, walk to school or get on the bus, they may be at risk of a pedestrian accident when they cross the street near their bus stop or at any intersection close to school. Now is the time to review your rules and expectations with them, which should include the following:

  • Only cross the street at designated crosswalks or with a crossing guard.
  • Never run into the street or ride your bike into the road.
  • Don't text on your phone while walking, especially when crossing the street.
  • Walk facing traffic, but ride your bike in the direction of traffic and be aware of cars exiting driveways and turning out of side streets.
  • Always follow the bus driver's rules.
  • Cross the street where the bus driver tells you to cross.

Vaccinations may be needed after an animal bite

Massachusetts residents who have read or seen "Old Yeller" may be aware of the heartbreaking end that dogs may meet if they contract rabies. Rabies is a virus that can be spread from animals to humans that can have violent and devastating symptoms for those who contract it. Paralysis, pain and death are all possible outcomes for individuals who contract rabies and are not treated for their infections.

After an animal bite, a victim may be worried about whether they could have been exposed to rabies. Although many domestic dogs undergo regular rabies vaccinations to limit their chances of contracting the disease, not every pet owner stays on top of this important and potentially life-saving responsibility. It is important that victims seek medical attention after they are injured to be assessed for exposure to rabies.

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