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Injuries from car accidents can take on many forms

A minor car accident can leave a victim with bumps and bruises while a serious accident may cause a victim to suffer paralysis, brain injury or even death. This post will examine some of the common types of injuries that vehicle accident victims may sustain in collisions, but readers of this Worcester personal injury blog are asked to seek independent medical and legal advice as this post provides general information only.

Starting at the top of a victim's body, the head can endure a variety of types of trauma due to the impact of a car accident. When the head is thrown forward in a crash it may collide with window, steering column or dashboard, all of which may result in a concussion or other brain injury for the victim. The impact of a victim's head into a hard surface can also cause bruising and a fracture of the bones of the face or skull.

Should I settle my motorcycle accident claims?

After sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident, a victim may not want to jump into what may become a lengthy legal battle. They may be tempted to accept a settlement offer put forth by the party that caused their harm and to simply release that party from any further responsibility for the losses they caused to the victim. While settlements can sometime serve the interests of Worcester motorcycle accident victims, readers are cautioned that settlement in these cases is not always the best course of action.

All personal injury cases, including those arising from motorcycle accidents, should be reviewed by personal injury attorneys who fight for victims' rights. A settlement may provide a victim with what seems like a large sum of money, but in some situations, a victim may later discover that their personal injury losses are significantly more than what they received.

4 apps that prevent texting while driving

Distracted driving has become one of the most common ways car accidents occur. While most people associate distracted driving with texting while behind the wheel, it can involve doing anything that takes your hands from the steering wheel or your eyes from the road. 

There are many ways to circumvent distractions while driving, but if you cannot seem to keep your hands off your phone, then you should look into downloading a safety app. Many apps are on the market that prevent you from using your phone while traveling above a certain speed. 

Grounds on which a wrongful death claim may be based

Earlier this month, this Worcester personal injury legal blog offered an informative post about the use of a breach of warranty claim as the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit. This post will follow up on that article by briefly introducing the other two claims on which wrongful death suits may be based: negligence and reckless or wanton conduct.

A wrongful death claim based on negligence is similar to a general personal injury claim based on negligence in that it was that failure of the responsible party to use reasonable care that led to the victim's injury or death. When a person fails to meet their duty of care to their victim and that victim dies they negligence may be the cause on which the lawsuit may originate.

What is a spinal cord injury?

Car accidents happen frequently on Massachusetts roads. While most vehicle collisions result in victims suffering bruises and property damage, some are very serious in that they cause victims significant personal harm. One of the most devastating forms of personal injury that a person may sustain in a vehicle accident is a spinal cord injury, and this post will look at the consequences of these tragic injuries.

A spinal cord injury happens when the spinal cord or surrounding nerves are damaged. Harm to the spinal cord can cause a wide range of symptoms, from pain and uncomfortable nerve sensations to paralysis and the loss of important bodily functions. Because the consequences of spinal cord injuries can be so immense to the physical character of a victim's body, they may also suffer emotional and psychological harm as they learn to cope with their post-accident limitations.

Lack of training, experience can lead to truck accidents

The damage that a big rig or other large truck can cause when it is involved in a crash is significant. Due to their large sizes and long stopping distances, large trucks can cause a great deal of destruction on Massachusetts roads. It is an unfortunate fact that some truck accidents are preventable and could be avoided if the drivers of the vehicles were properly trained to handle their rigs.

Improper preparation to drive a large truck can take on many forms. A driver may fail to secure the right driving credentials before taking on the assignment of driving a large truck and therefore may be unaware of the many ways that driving a truck is different than driving a regular car. A driver may hold the right licensure to drive a truck but may lack the experience to know how to respond when faced with adverse driving conditions.

Child suffers snake bite at outdoor expo

An unusual incident recently occurred that has made national news and may have come to the attention of Massachusetts animal lovers. During a fishing and outdoor expo, a young girl was bitten by a large snake. The 17 foot python was at the expo and at this time it is unclear of which vendor brought it or which exhibit included it in its display.

The child victim was a 4-year-old girl. Reports indicate that her injuries from the bite were not life-threatening though she was taken to a local hospital for treatment. It is unknown what will happen with the python that attacked her.

3 reasons to never take cash after a car accident

Following a motor vehicle accident, you may find yourself in a situation where the other driver offers you cash to not get the police involved. It is a tempting offer, but you should never accept any money at the scene of a collision. 

You should always contact the police and your insurance provider after a car accident. The insurance process can take a while to complete, which is why taking cash immediately may seem like a good deal. However, you need to protect yourself and your car by going through the proper channels to handle this. 

Wrongful death claims may be based on breaches of warranty

Negligence often forms the basis on which many wrongful death lawsuits proceed. When a person fails to act in accordance with their expected standard of care and breaches their duty to their victim, their negligence may cause the victim's death. However, in Massachusetts a wrongful death claim can also be based on a breach of warranty and this type of claim will be explored in the remainder of this post.

When the creator of a consumer good puts a product out into the stream of commerce they effectively guarantee that their product is safe for the purpose that it was intended to be used. This creates an implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, that purpose being the use the manufacturer intended. If a person is killed while using a product as it was intended to be used a wrongful death claim may be based on that loss of life.

Our firm represents victims of serious truck accidents

Can't all vehicle accidents be lumped together? This is a question that some Massachusetts residents may ask when looking for legal assistance after an automobile crash. It may seem intuitive that if an accident happened on a road and all drivers are subject to the same driving laws that it really should not matter if what type of vehicles were involved in the injury-causing incident.

This iassumption is not entirely sound. Although drivers are all subject to traffic laws and must hold driving permits or licenses in order to legally operate motor vehicles, accidents between different types of vehicles can have very different legal pleadings and damages.

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