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Boston Massachusetts Personal Injury Law Blog

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.

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.

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