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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.

Truck hits guardrail, causes accidents, injuries and delays

It is not uncommon for traffic to mar the travel plans of individuals who drive on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Whether it is bad weather, construction or an accident the chances of a driver getting caught in delays not of their own making is relatively high. In the days following the Fourth of July, though, a serious incident occurred on the Mass Pike that put the lives of several individuals at risk.

The incident happened near Chicopee at Exit 6 on the Mass Pike. A large truck allegedly hit a guardrail on the freeway and caused several accidents to occur near its impact. Traffic quickly backed up behind the truck and affected vehicles and as a result of the crash two people had to be taken to the hospital.

How can cargo weight factor into a truck accident?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates many aspects of trucking and how truck drivers may operate their rigs. The rules of the FMCSA apply to big rig drivers in Massachusetts and throughout the rest of the United States. While our readers may be familiar with trucking regulations related to driver training and hours of service, truckers are also regulated with regard to how much cargo they may haul by weight in their trucks.

For example, a truck with a single axle may haul 20,000 pounds of cargo, while a truck with tandem axles may haul up to 34,000 pounds. These rules are in place in part to preserve the national highway system and to prevent trucks from causing damage to the roads they travel on, but they are also important rules when it comes to preventing accidents and proving liability when they occur.

Holiday accidents can lead to serious pain and suffering

The Fourth of July holiday is often an event that Massachusetts residents celebrate with exuberance. Many individuals travel to see family and friends while they watch fireworks, enjoy cookouts and embrace the festivities of summer. However, the Fourth of July holiday is also a time when some families are plagued by accidents and tragedies, often brought on by the negligent conduct of others.

Drinking and driving and intoxicated boating can be serious problems for individuals who elect to be on the roads or water over the holiday week. Even if a person is sober they can still become the victim of a collision when a drunk driver smashes their car or boat into the automobile or watercraft of the victim. These collisions can be deadly when negligent parties fail to take care in their actions.

Car accidents that happen while on the job

Getting into a motor vehicle accident is a real risk for anyone behind the wheel. However, for someone who drives for a living, the risk is even higher simply from being on the road more. Also, the vehicle size makes it hard to stay safe. Workers such as truckers, delivery people and taxi drivers often receive the blame for these accidents, but they are also victims of other motorists' bad driving.

If another vehicle hits you when you are on duty, you may be eligible for both workers' compensation and a claim against the party responsible for the collision. It is important to know this because workers' comp only covers certain expenses, such as lost income and medical bills, with a cap on the amount. A third-party lawsuit allows you to pursue higher damages and additional avenues of compensation, such as pain and suffering.

Driver causes fatal accident when attempting to make pass

Every time that drivers in Massachusetts change lanes, they should put on their turn signal to notify other drivers of their intended action, check their mirrors and blind spot and wait for space before executing their move. Too often, however, impatient and dangerous drivers fail to undertake these potentially life-saving steps and put others in danger with their erratic driving behavior.

Recently a Brockton man was killed while attempting to do the simple task of turning into his driveway. The 54-year-old victim was making a turn onto his property when a vehicle attempted to pass him on his left side. The passing driver caused a collision with the victim's vehicle and exposed him to serious injuries.

Drug and alcohol testing after a serious truck accident

There is no question that drinking and driving is a dangerous practice and that too many Massachusetts residents have been harmed in collisions involving impaired individuals. As such, the state has implemented a number of laws that penalize men and women who have been found to have driven while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, private drivers are not the only ones who are expected to abide by safe driving practices. Commercial drivers, such as those who drive large trucks, must also remain sober when they are performing their operating duties.

In fact, if a large truck is involved in a crash and either personal or property damage is suffered by a victim, the driver of the truck should be tested for alcohol or drug impairment. Under the rules of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the tests must be performed in a timely manner so that any consumed drugs or alcohol do not pass out of the driver's system and render the information collected from the testing inaccurate with regard to the driver's condition at the time of the incident.

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