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Out-of-court settlements in the aftermath of truck accidents

When a person is injured in an accident caused by a large commercial vehicle, such as a semi-trailer truck, that person may be able to file a civil lawsuit to seek damages. However, both parties may want to avoid spending time and money on litigation, so they instead may choose to reach an out-of-court settlement. Settlements in the aftermath of a truck accident can typically be of two types: lump-sum settlements and structured settlements, which makes payments at pre-determined intervals over a period of time.

Motorcycle accident leaves man critically injured

Motorcyclists in Massachusetts face dangers that occupants of motor vehicles do not face. A motorcycle doesn't provide riders with the structural protection and safety features motor vehicles have. Motorcyclists are generally left open to the elements, meaning that if a motorcycle accident occurs the motorcyclist could be seriously injured or even killed.

State panel frustrated over motorcycle accident investigation

Our readers may remember a serious motorcycle crash in a neighboring state back in June, in which seven bikers lost their lives. The motorist responsible for the motorcycle accident was from Massachusetts. However, as the crash is being investigated, some legislators are becoming frustrated with the lack of cooperation from Governor Baker's administration.

Who is liable if teens cause auto accidents with the family car?

Getting their driver's license is a right of passage for many teenagers in Massachusetts. While some teens may have their own car to drive, many times teens borrow mom or dad's car if they don't have a vehicle of their own. However, teens oftentimes lack the maturity and experience that older drivers have. They may be more likely to be involved in an auto accident. If they cause a car crash while using their parent's vehicle, the question of liability is likely to arise.

Despite bait program, rabies may be an issue in animal bites

A bait program initiated this spring that aimed at preventing wild animals from contracting rabies and then spreading the disease onto pets and people has seen considerable success according to the co-chair of the Cape Cod Rabies Task Force. In Massachusetts there are two strains of rabies. One strain infects land mammals and another infects bats. A dead bat found in a residence on Martha's Vineyard in February was determined to be rabid.

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