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Boston Massachusetts Personal Injury Law Blog

Avoid these 3 post-accident mistakes

Imagine driving across town, on your way to work in Boston. Your day seems off to a good start until another driver suddenly plows into the back of your car at a stop light. Now, you have a damaged car and various aches and pains in your back and neck. But, what should you do? 

Avoiding costly mistakes after a wreck is just as important as reporting the wreck to your insurer, seeing a doctor to assess your injuries and taking your car to the repair shop for a quote. Here are a few things you shouldn't do after a motor vehicle collision.

4 safety tips for all pedestrians

Whether you are outside training for your next marathon or simply walking your dog, safety should always be a priority.

While drivers have a responsibility to be safe and avoid accidents with other cars, motorcycles, cyclists and pedestrians, you also have to take a certain amount of responsibility for your own safety. You simply can't trust someone else to make the right decisions to keep you safe.

Doctors use crash information when evaluating patients

Car wrecks can lead to serious injuries for the victims. While many people assume that the impact of the vehicle on the other vehicle is the only impact that your body has to deal with, that isn't the case. Automobile crashes actually have three impacts that can affect the victims.

The information from the crash can help doctors to determine how to evaluate a patient. They also depend on the reports from the patients regarding the pain they feel.

Spring and summer rainstorms can lead to injuries at stores

It was a long day at work. You know you need to pick up some basic staples at the store on the way home, like toothpaste or milk. It's starting to rain, so you find yourself jogging toward the front door. You walk into the store, pull down the hood of your coat and go to grab a cart.

Only you don't quite make it. The floor inside is soaking wet, you slip on the linoleum and wind up on your back. The world is spinning around you. A slip-and-fall only takes a few seconds to happen, and it can cause persistent injuries in some cases.

Do you know how Massachusetts car insurance really works?

Every time you get behind the wheel, you trust in your insurance provider to take care of you in the event of a collision or crash. Even minor motor vehicle accidents can have massive price tags with catastrophic consequences for the individuals involved.

A motor vehicle insurance policy helps protect you from the financial liabilities of a crash. It also protects everyone else on the road by ensuring they have access to compensation if you cause a crash. While you probably pay your insurance premium on time either monthly or semi-annually, you might not really understand how your liability policy works.

Avoid pedestrian crashes with these helpful tips

Pedestrians are on and around the roads during every time of year. Whether it's the winter or spring, people are going to be out and about. This is particularly true in busy areas like Boston.

At the end of the day, it's up to a driver to be cautious on the roads. It's a driver's responsibility to pay attention and avoid colliding with people who may be in an intersection or attempting to cross elsewhere. Drivers have to follow the rules of the road and shouldn't be distracted, drowsy, intoxicated or affected in ways that make it difficult to drive.

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.

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