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Pedestrian accident victims are protected

Pedestrians can, unfortunately, be vulnerable to the careless and negligent actions of drivers. Pedestrians can be the victims of car accidents, truck accidents and accidents with buses, all of which can cause serious injuries to pedestrian victims.

Victims of texting and driving are protected

The dangers of texting and driving have been discussed before on this blog. Awareness of the dangers of texting while driving has been increasing and, likewise, it is important for victims of car accidents caused by texting and driving to understand the options available to them when they have been wrongfully harmed.

Understanding the personal injury claims process

Being injured because of someone else's negligence can be overwhelming, especially in the midst of medical concerns, costs and expenses. Additional financial concerns may also trouble the victim who has suffered a personal injury, including lost earnings. Other financial, physical and emotional struggles may confront the victim as well, following a car accident.

How serious are traumatic brain injuries caused by car accidents?

Car accidents can cause serious and debilitating injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. In 2010, 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries were suffered in the United States. During 2010, TBI was diagnosed following 280,000 hospital visits when the victim was hospitalized and during 2.2 million emergency department visits. Also in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBI contributed to the death of 50,000 people. In addition, TBIs account for 30 percent of all injury-related deaths.

What is a statute of limitation and how can it impact my claim?

Statutes of limitation are important to be aware of and understand when you have been injured or otherwise harmed by someone's negligence. A statute of limitation can impact a victim's ability to pursue a claim for damages when injured in a car accident, for example. Likewise, because of the applicability of statutes of limitation, a statute of limitation can impact the ability of surviving family members of a loved one lost in a car accident to pursue a claim for damages as well.

Car accidents by the numbers

Car accidents are a significant concern in Massachusetts and all throughout the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents are the leading cause of death of those ages 11 through 27. In 2012, there were 30,800 fatal traffic crashes in the United States. The number of fatal crashes was up from 29,867 in 2011 and 30,296 in 2010.

Hit-and-run auto accident kills Massachusetts pedestrian

Victims and families of victims of drunk driving accidents should understand that options may be available to protect them following an auto accident. A series of fatal hit-and-run and pedestrian accidents in a Massachusetts' community an hour southeast of Worcester have claimed the lives of multiple victims. Most recently, a 26-year old woman was killed. A 53-year old woman was arrested following the woman's death. The driver was charged with drunken driving causing serious injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. Authorities noted additional charges are possible following the 26-year old pedestrian's death.

Damages options for car accident victims

Individuals harmed by a negligent party in a car accident may have heard of remedies and damages that may be available to them for injuries or other harm suffered. Car accident victims may understand that the option to receive compensation for damages can be available to them. Damages under the law are largely intended to ensure that the victim is made as whole as possible following injury or harm caused by another party's careless behavior.

How serious is distracted driving?

Distracted driving frequently comes up as an important topic in today's society. This may cause some people to wonder just how serious a concern distracted driving is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nine people are killed each day and more than 1,000 are injured in car crashes each day involving distracted drivers, in the United States. More than 3,300 people were killed and about 387,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver in 2011 alone. The CDC also reports that in 2010, 18 percent of injury crashes were the result of distracted drivers. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that in 2011, 10 percent of fatal crashes were distracted-driver related.

Massachusetts' car accident kills one and injures several others

Car accident victims do not have to suffer without legal remedies or recourse when they have suffered harm. Only an hour from Worcester, a head-on collision recently led to a multi-vehicle accident. The accident resulted in the death of one person and injured five other people. The accident occurred when an SUV, driven by a 53-year old man, crossed a median and struck a passenger vehicle. A 58-year old woman in the passenger vehicle was killed and the other two occupants of the passenger vehicle, a 62-year old man and 28-year man, were both critically injured and taken by helicopter to a local hospital. The driver of the SUV, as well as a 5-year old passenger in the SUV, suffered minor injuries. The SUV then went on to strike another passenger vehicle, injuring both of its 25-year old female occupants.

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