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Boston study offers proof that bike helmets save lives

On behalf of posted in brain injury on Thursday June 6, 2013

You've probably heard the expression that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That's especially true when it comes to avoiding traumatic brain injuries or death from a bicycle accident. While many of us grew up riding a bike without a helmet, Massachusetts and several other states now require youth 16 and under to don protective head gear when they ride. According to a recent study out of Boston Children's Hospital, such laws directly translate to fewer injuries and fatalities. The study focused on the deaths of younger teens and children, who may not be as cautious about traffic…

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Dog breeds and dog bites: Massachusetts officials weigh restrictions

On behalf of posted in Premises Liability on Friday February 1, 2013

In every field of human activity, concepts and categories help to provide order and efficiency. When it comes to dogs, for example, it's clear that some breeds are more dangerous than others. To be sure, smaller dogs can bite just as well large ones. To the victim of a Massachusetts dog bite, it doesn't matter whether the bite was by a Doberman or a terrier. Either way, the injury can be serious - especially when children are involved. At the same time, however, there is no doubt that Dobermans and pit bulls tend to pose more dangers than terriers and Chihuahuas.…

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Truck strikes and kills Boston University student on bicycle

On behalf of posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on Friday December 7, 2012

The weight disparity between a tractor trailer truck and a bicyclist is enormous. Should an accident occur, the person on the bicycle is almost certain to suffer serious personal injuries. It was recently reported that there have been five fatal bicycle accidents in the Boston area, each of them caused by a truck, bus or trolley. Recently a Boston University graduate student became one of those statistics when he was struck by a semi truck and died as a result of his personal injuries. The accident occurred at about 8:30 in the morning in the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and…

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35 people injured when two MBTA trolleys collide

On behalf of posted in Commercial Vehicle Accidents on Friday November 30, 2012

Yesterday, 35 people were injured, including nine with possible head or neck injuries, when two MBTA Green Line trolleys collided around noon. According to reports, the collision occurred when a trolley leaving Park Street Station rear-ended another trolley that was standing still at the Boylston Station platform. Boston EMS officials reported that most of the 35 accident victims taken to nearby hospitals suffered bruises and cuts, and none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening. However, witnesses at the scene described the impact of the train accident as "shocking." At this point, it is unclear why the moving trolley collided with…

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Are the MBTA Red Line platforms safe?

On behalf of posted in Commercial Vehicle Accidents on Wednesday November 28, 2012

Public transportation in Boston should be safe transportation. When a bus is boarded, one should expect that the driver has not been drinking. When a train passes through an intersection, it should do so with the safety of the train passengers as well as motorists or pedestrians near the tracks. And when a person is waiting for the train, the platform should be well it, well marked and wide enough so that commuters or other passengers can get on and off the train safely and not fall onto the tracks. And yet that is what has happened on more than…

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Hit-and-run driver seriously injures Boston pedestrian

On behalf of posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Friday November 9, 2012

Halloween in recent years has become an excuse for adults to dress up in costumes and hit the town. Zombie pub crawls are also popular events. This past Halloween the owner of an Allston tattoo shop was struck by an SUV and suffered serious injuries. The SUV driver did not stop. When a motorist strikes a pedestrian in a crosswalk, it is highly probably that the motorist could be found negligent and liable for the personal injuries suffered by the pedestrian. The injured person is within their rights to sue for compensation for their injuries, potentially including pain and suffering.…

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Bike helmets save lives, Boston promotes their usage

On behalf of posted in car accidents on Monday October 29, 2012

Cars and bicycles are sharing the roads more and more often in the Boston area. It was recently reported that there has been a 30 percent increase in bicycling during the last two years thanks to 57 miles of new bike lanes and The Hubway bike share program. According to The Hubway's Facebook page, the program was launched last year and includes a fleet of 610 bikes at 61 stations. Despite the increase in riders, the number of accidents has dropped by 25 percent. In concert with this increase in bicyclists, Boston has launched a safety campaign promoting the use…

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2-vehicle crash near Salem, 1 suffered head injury

On behalf of posted in car accidents on Monday September 3, 2012

Manor Parkway is a short two-lane road that starts at Pelham Road and hits a dead end at the Salem Athletic Club. It is about one block long. One could wonder how an accident could occur on this short little road - and yet an accident occurred that caused a serious head injury for one of the drivers. The two-car accident occurred near the entrance to the Workout Club and Wellness Center and the Acupuncture Whole Health building. A man driving a blue minivan and a woman driving a blue SUV were in a car collision that caused heavy damage…

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Boston area motorcycle accidents claim 1 life, injure 4

On behalf of posted in Motorcycle Accidents on Friday August 24, 2012

It is not difficult to understand how an accident involving a car and a motorcycle can result in serious injuries for the biker. There is little protection other than a helmet, which some do not wear, and leather clothing. According to the Center for Disease and Prevention Control, the highest death and injury rate for motorcyclists is among 20-29 year-olds, followed by 40-54 year-olds. Separate motorcycle accidents in the Boston area resulted in one death and four injured persons, some seriously. There is more biking season left before winter arrives in full force, so more motorcycle accidents are a very…

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Boston bus accident injures 3 — who is at fault?

On behalf of posted in Commercial Vehicle Accidents on Sunday July 29, 2012

Mass transportation in Boston dates back to 1631 according to the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. Transportation around the city went from horse and buggies, to cable cars, to the El. Today's system is an interconnected network of busses, rapid transit lines, light rail trackless trolley lines and commuter rail routes. On an average weekday, about 1.3 million people take a trip on the MBTA. One can imagine that with that many rides per day, that there will be accidents upon occasion. One of those trips resulted in an injury recently, and it appears that it was not the bus driver's…

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