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Do Boston's narrow streets contribute to wrecks?

If you were recently on the street in Brockton and saw an unusual sight, your eyes weren't deceiving you. That's because a speeding driver on Oak Street crashed his Hyundai and wound up with his vehicle partially inside the Webster Bank branch.

The 51-year-old motorist was driving at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 when he was unable to negotiate a curve in the narrow road. His Hyundai struck the curb and became airborne before it knocked out a couple of parking signs and a light pole then slammed upside down into the bank building.

Don’t delay in building your car-accident claim

After a car accident, you have many things on your plate that demand your attention. Not only may you have injuries that require medical attention, you may have work and family obligations that demand your time, making it very difficult to focus on building your accident claim.

This is certainly normal, but it is also dangerous, especially if you have mounting medical expenses. The longer you wait to begin building your auto accident claim, the longer it may take to resolve the matter. You must take great care to begin building your claim as soon as you can, to keep your rights protected while you recover.

How safe does your property have to be?

The law is not always simple to understand when it comes to the boundaries between personal property and personal responsibility, especially when it comes to premises liability and trespassing.

Many of us have heard stories of burglaries that do not go to plan and end in the alleged trespasser suffering a serious injury, only to turn around and sue the owner of the property for the injury. These sorts of stories have basis in fact, and depending on the state where you live, you may have very different boundaries to your right to protect yourself than residents of another state may enjoy.

Who is liable after a rear-end collision?

After any car accident, it is always important to determine who is liable, whether the accident resulted in serious injuries or only minimal property damage. If you recently experienced a rear-end collision, the first thing you should do is get medically evaluated to identify any injuries that you may have suffered in the accident. Then, you can address the legal issues involved.

Many people misunderstand Massachusetts laws regarding rear-end accidents. As a result, some may miss out on important opportunities to receive compensation for damages and injuries. They might needlessly accept some of the liability for an accident they had no role in causing. Make sure that you fully understand your own roll in your accident to preserve your rights and protect your priorities.

Avoiding rear-end collisions: 3 tips for motorists

You hate the idea that you or someone else could get hurt in a rear-end crash just because someone isn't paying attention. The reality is that these crashes happen all the time, especially in locations where traffic lights change suddenly or stop signs aren't obvious. When a vehicle has to slam on its brakes, it makes it much more likely that the next vehicle in line won't be able to stop in time to avoid a collision.

As a responsible driver, you want to make sure you don't end up in a crash, but what can you do? Here are a few tips to help you.

What are the most common forms of distracted driving?

Even if you consider yourself a good driver, there could come a point when you find yourself not paying attention to the road. Hopefully, if this happens, you'll be able to catch yourself before you cause an accident.

As a driver, you should become familiar with the most common forms of distracted driving. Armed with this knowledge, it's much easier to avoid a bad situation on the highway.

First steps to take after a car accident

After a car accident, you might have many things going through your mind, from who is going to pay for the damages to how you're going to rearrange your day in the aftermath of the collision. Unfortunately, if you do not know how to actively protect your rights at the scene of a car accident, you may face a number of potential consequences.

Even if you think that you did not receive any injuries in a car accident, it is unwise to assume that you are perfectly fine. Instead, have a medical professional examine you for delayed-onset injuries. These injuries do not cause pain at first, but may later develop into very serious or fatal conditions. Please seek medical attention as soon as you can, for your own health and to protect your rights in the future.

The surprising No. 1 reason for distracted driving

Do you think texting is the biggest reason for distracted driving? In some senses, you may be right. Cellphone use, in general, is connected to a high percentage of distracted driving accidents. When the driver is doing something to create the distraction, it's the top reason.

But what about when the driver isn't actually doing anything? One study found that cellphones were linked to just 12 percent of distracted driving accidents, while a full 62 percent were linked to drivers who were "lost in thought."

Massachusetts car accidents: 2 injured in recent crash

There may be many different reasons a motor vehicle collision may occur. Often, car accidents happen when a driver fails to take his or her surroundings into account or is otherwise distracted. Two Massachusetts residents were recently injured in a crash that may have been caused by a distracted driver.

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