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Motorcyclist flown to hospital after accident

The condition of a Massachusetts motorcyclist is unknown after they were involved in a devastating collision with a car over the Fourth of July holiday. The accident occurred in the late afternoon on the holiday at an intersection in Montague. A car made an abrupt left-hand turn and struck the motorcyclist, who had the right of way at the junction. The car's driver tried to avoid the collision by speeding up but was unsuccessful.

As a result of the crash, the victim was taken from the accident scene to a hospital by helicopter and was originally listed in serious condition. Although law enforcement officials do not believe that the driver of the car was drunk when the accident happened, that driver was cited for several moving violations for their actions.

Who can file a wrongful death claim in Massachusetts?

The death of a Massachusetts resident due to an accident may impose significant hardships on their surviving relatives and closely-held loved ones. When an accidental death occurs, it is sometimes possible for a wrongful death action to be filed to help the deceased party's estate recover the losses attributable to the victim's death. However, in Massachusetts, relatives and loved ones are generally not permitted to file a wrongful death action.

It is the role of a decedent's executor to file a wrongful death action if one is appropriate. When a person passes away of old age or natural causes, a wrongful death claim may not be included in the estate executor's list of responsibilities. However, when the decedent's demise is the result of another person's negligence, their executor may need to file a civil action to ensure the decedent's estate is compensated.

Helping you take action after a truck accident

The trucking industry remains an important one. Whether it is for a company requiring shipments of good or individuals seeking the delivery of personal goods, the trucking industry significantly impacts interstate and intrastate commerce. Although the benefits are apparent, trucking companies and truck drivers in general do present some risks on the roadways.

Truck drivers in Massachusetts and elsewhere are often tasked with driving long distances, which often require spending long hours behind the wheel. In order to meet the demands that the trucking company has set, truck drivers may driver longer than outlined by regulations or faster than they should. This could result in a serious and even fatal truck crash.

How does comparative negligence apply to pedestrian accidents?

In car accidents involving pedestrians, the person on foot is typically the one who sustains the most severe injuries. Very few people wear protective equipment while taking an afternoon stroll, and the heavy impact of a motor vehicle can be dangerous, if not deadly.

Although pedestrians have the right of way, there are some instances where you may be hesitant to pursue litigation. What if you failed to use the crosswalk? What if you crossed when the traffic light told you not to? Are you still eligible for personal injury damages?

Does the type of animal impact an animal bite action?

We have all heard that a dog is a man's best friend; however, some individuals in Massachusetts and elsewhere may not be dog people. Owning a pet, whether it is a dog, cat, bird, horse, farm animal or wild animal, comes with many responsibilities. And when an owner of an animal fails to uphold these responsibilities and their duty to keep others safe from their animal, this could result in serious harm from an animal bite.

Does the type of animal impact an animal bite action? Because a dog is a common pet and they are the culprits of numerous bites each year, each state has enacted dog bite laws. In the state of Massachusetts, strict liability applies. This means that the dog owner is responsible for injuries even if he or she did not know of their dog's dangerous propensities or they attempted to prevent such an attack. However, if a victim provoked a dog, he or she could be barred from seeking damages.

The causes of commercial truck accidents

There is a reason why motorists see large trucks on the roadways. The trucking industry is heavily relied on when it comes to shipping goods for individuals and businesses. While there are many economic benefits from the trucking industry, there are also many risks associated with these massive vehicles traveling short and long distances on the highways and interstates across the nation. Truck drivers and trucking companies could make mistakes or act negligently. This could ultimately cause a serious or even fatal truck accident.

Although both truck drivers and motorists of passenger vehicles could cause truck accident, there are three main causes of commercial truck accidents that are caused by either truck drivers or a trucking company. The first is inadequate training with regards to driving techniques, defensive driving and safety measures. If a trucking company fails to provide their drivers with proper training, they could face liability following a truck accident.

Helping you recover compensation following a motorcycle crash

In Massachusetts and elsewhere, motorcyclists take to the rode during the warm months. Because of this, motorists are often advised to double check their surroundings for these smaller vehicles, as they can easily go unnoticed in a driver's blind spot. When a driver fails to check their blind spots and mirrors or fails to yield to an oncoming motorcyclist, this could result in a serious and even fatal motorcycle collision.

The injuries that result from a motorcycle crash are some of the most serious one could suffer in an automobile collision. Unlike passenger vehicles, motorcyclists are not restrained in their vehicle and they do not have a hard exterior shell to protect them in the event of a crash. Although helmets and protective clothing can help guard against injuries, this does not prevent tragedy in all crashes.

Drunk driving is a danger to Worcester residents

The Memorial Day holiday weekend has come and gone and Massachusetts residents may now be ready to embrace the start of summer. As children gear up to end their academic programs, parents across the state may be scrambling to find activities to keep their kids busy. Their plans may include vacations, camps, and get-togethers with friends and loved ones.

As the weather heats up, so, too, do backyard grills and parties. During celebrations and outdoor events, Massachusetts residents may choose to indulge in alcoholic beverages, and if they are not careful, those drinks may cause them to make unwise decisions about their own health and safety. Every year, many Americans are harmed in car accidents caused by drunk drivers.

Motorcycle riders face increased risks

A motorcycle can be an efficient and fun way to travel on Massachusetts roads. Sadly, however, motorcycles are often involved in violent and sometimes deadly crashes when other motorists fail to act reasonably around them.

Motorcycle accidents often result in fatalities. According to data provided by the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in collisions per mile driven than people in cars. Of all motor vehicle accidents that happen on American roads, motorcyclists make up 14% of all roadway fatalities.

What dog breeds are most likely to bite?

No matter your opinion on dogs or certain breeds, receiving a dog bite injury is an unfortunate risk. Dog attacks can result in various types of injuries in varying levels of seriousness. Common injuries that occur as a result of dog bites include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Nerve damage
  • Rabies
  • Broken wounds
  • Infections

Some dog bites can even result in death. But are certain breeds more likely to bite and cause fatalities than others? Here is a look at the statistics.

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