Determining the True Cause of Boston Collisions is Essential

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A 21-year-old driving a 2004 Saturn Ion was involved in a motor vehicle collision when her car veered off the road and slammed into a tree. The car's air bags did not deploy, and the woman was severely injured.

Her 25-year-old fiancé, a passenger in the car at the time of the accident, did not survive. The driver later pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from the accident. a-car-key-with-lock-2-879310-m.jpg

That was eight years ago. She says not a day passed that she wasn't wracked with guilt for what happened.

But now, she has been pardoned. General Motors wrote a letter to indicate that her crash may have been caused by a faulty ignition switch in her vehicle. GM has now recalled cars with faulty ignition switches, but did not alert the public to the risk that these vehicles presented even though it knew of the issue for years.

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NHTSA Effectiveness Questioned as New Leader Takes Helm

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President Obama has nominated Mark Rosekind to serve as the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

According to Roll Call, Rosekind is a current member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and his nomination is supported by the Governors Highway Safety Association.

The top position has been vacant for a long time, and the GHSA believes Rosekind would be a good person for the job because he has been a leader in deterring drunk and drugged driving, as well as distracted driving. car accident 1.jpg

With this new nomination, some lawmakers are touting the successful efforts of the NHTSA in making the roads safer. Unfortunately, a Boston car accident lawyer knows the NHTSA has had some high profile failures in recent years and other government officials are seeking an investigation into whether the agency is truly doing enough to protect the public.

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Number of Fatal Bicycle Accidents in Boston Trending Upward

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In recent years, the number of people killed in motor vehicle collisions has been declining or holding steady. During this same time, however, the number of people killed in bike crashes has increased significantly.

Boston bike accident lawyers know many of the victims who have lost their lives in bike crashes live in urban areas. bike 2.jpg

The city of Boston has done a lot to try to make the roads safer for bicycle riders, but fatalities continue to occur. In many cases, collisions are caused by drivers who fail to follow basic safety precautions. When a driver is negligent and takes unnecessary risks with the lives of bicycle riders, the driver can be held accountable.

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Avoiding Boston Motor Vehicle Collisions Over Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving holiday period stretches from the evening of the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through the Sunday after. During this time, there will be many more people on the roads, and there is a far greater risk of becoming involved in a motor vehicle collision as compared with non-holidays. A Boston car accident lawyer knows drivers need to be aware of the added risk of traveling on Thanksgiving, and should be sure to take steps to stay safe. autumn.jpg

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Fatal Single-Car Accident in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts State Police (MSP) are investigating the case of a single vehicle fatal car accident in which a Natick man was killed. According to Mass Live, the 65-year-old driver was traveling north on Route 95 near the Attleboro, exit when he lost control of his car. His car ran off the road surface and crashed into the woods alongside the highway.

life-and-death-2-1294270-m.jpgFirst responders arrived and transported victim to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. Authorities do not know the cause of the crash at this time and are continuing to investigate. MSP's Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services sections have been tasked to assist the local fire department to determine why this tragic car accident occurred.

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Heflin v. Merrill: UM/UIM Coverage in Auto Accident Lawsuits

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Underinsured Motorist (UIM) and Uninsured Motorist claims involve a car accident victim attempting to get his or her own liability insurance carrier to pay financial compensation when the at-fault driver is uninsured or does not have enough insurance to cover total damages.

crash-739118-m.jpgHeflin v. Merrill, a case from the Mississippi Supreme Court, involved an at-fault driver who crashed into the rear of plaintiff's car. While this was not a fatal automobile accident, at-fault driver died from unrelated causes following the accident. Plaintiff filed a car accident lawsuit against driver's estate and her own underinsured motorist carrier.

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Boston Radio Host Howie Carr injured in Car Accident on Mass Pike

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Boston Herald columnist and conservative radio talk show host Howie Carr is taking time off the air to recover from a recent car accident. According to reports, Carr was involved in automobile crash on the Mass Pike near the Allston/Brighton neighborhoods of Boston.

microphone-1428971-m.jpgThe Boston two-vehicle crash occurred just after 1 p.m. in the westbound lane of Interstate 90. Police are stating that Carr was the only person involved in the accident who was taken to the hospital. Carr is reported to have suffered from minor injuries. He was treated and later released from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) following the accident.

Carr's radio station also issued a statement saying that Carr was injured in an accident and wished he was able to discuss the recent Republican victories in the election, but he needed to be kept in observation to ensure a complete recovery.

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Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes into Massachusetts Diner and Injures Three

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According to a recent report from ABC 40, an alleged drunk driver crashed into a Western Massachusetts diner just before 6 a.m. Police are reporting defendant's car went off the road and hit the wall of the diner, causing the entire wall to collapse.

restaurant-images-8-448349-m.jpgThe diner was open, and people were already having breakfast at the time of the accident. The owner of the diner stated three of his customers were injured when the car crashed into his establishment. The driver of the car was also injured, though her injuries are considered to be non-life-threatening.

Police arrested driver for operating under the influence (OUI) of intoxicating liquor. She was given traffic citations for running a stop sign and failing to inspect a motor vehicle. Arresting officers took her to a local Massachusetts hospital to be treated for injuries.

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Two Dead and One Injured in Boston Car Accident

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According to a recent news report from the Boston Globe, two women are dead and another person was seriously injured in a Boston car accident. The accident occurred on the Jamaicaway around 3 a.m.

crashedcar.jpgA BMW carrying the driver and two passengers crossed over the double yellow lines and hit a Toyota head-on traveling in the opposite direction. Both passengers in the BMW died at the scene. The driver of the BMW was injured and taken to a local hospital, but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The driver of the Toyota suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but the passenger suffered serious personal injury and was taken to a Boston hospital, where she is considered to be in critical condition. According to police, both women killed in the BMW were not wearing seat belts at the time of the fatal car crash. It's likely that played a role in the severity of their injuries.

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St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Oscar Taveras Killed in Car Crash

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According to a recent news article from Boston.com, top St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras was killed in a car crash. Taveras was driving in his native Dominican Republic with his girlfriend in his 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at the time of the fatal crash.

baseball-727607-m.jpgHe apparently lost control of his vehicle, careened off the road and crashed. He did not have any identification at the time of the crash, but was later identified by family members, according to the mayor of the town where the accident occurred.

The mayor also stated rain may have played a factor in this tragic accident, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

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Wright v. Carroll: On Car Accident Lawsuits

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Wright v. Carroll, an appeal heard in the Kentucky Supreme Court, involved a woman who sustained serious personal injury to her legs after defendant's trailer hit her car.

semitruck.jpgDefendant was driving a tractor-trailer in the southbound lane of a two-lane highway. Defendant approached a blind curve just before an intersection. According to court records, there was a sign warning of the blind intersection and testimony that defendant traveled the same road many times before, as it was on his regular route.

When defendant rounded the curb, he saw multiple vehicles in the same lane ahead, and slammed on his breaks to avoid a crash. His breaks locked up, leaving over a hundred feet of skid marks. He drove into a ditch and managed to avoid the vehicles directly ahead, but his trailer swung into the northbound lane and hit plaintiff's car. Her injuries were considered severe.

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Travelers Commercial Ins. Co. v. Harrington: On Single Car Accidents

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Travelers Commercial Ins. Co. v. Harrington, an appeal before the Supreme Court of Florida, involved plaintiff who was injured in a single car accident. While her father owned car, another family member was driving the car with permission from owner at the time of the accident.

crashedcar.jpgPlaintiff's mother was named insured on the policy and had purchased the policy. The policy covered three of the family's vehicles and had both liability and non-stacking uninsured motorist coverage.

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Berrey v. Travelers Indem. Co. of Am: On UIM Insurance in Car Accident Lawsuits

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When a worker is injured in a car accident while on the job, he or she may be able to proceed with a typical car accident lawsuit against the at-fault driver in addition to any workers' compensation benefits received. However, this may add complexity to the matter with respect to the issue of reimbursement to the employer's insurance carrier.

stationary-1-1296735-m.jpgIn Berrey v. Travelers Indem. Co. of Am., plaintiff was injured in a car accident while at work. The at-fault driver did not work for the same company as plaintiff and had liability coverage on his automobile. However, his coverage limits were lower than the total amount of damages suffered by plaintiff.

Plaintiff applied for workers' compensation benefits and received partial compensation from employer's insurance company. Due to the fact that plaintiff's employer was in no way responsible for the accident, the law required plaintiff to reimburse employer's insurance company for any financial recovery from negligent driver's insurance company.

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Christensen v. Alaska Sales & Service, Inc.: Summary Judgment in Car Accident Lawsuits

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In Christensen v. Alaska Sales & Service, Inc., plaintiff and her husband purchased a new car from a dealership. Four years later, the couple was driving when she hit two moose.

elk-warning-666471-m.jpgPictures taken by plaintiff show damage to the front of the vehicle on the driver's side. When police arrived, plaintiff said she felt nauseous and could not remember anything about the accident. She had a red mark on her forehead.

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Communication with Insurance Adjusters in Car Accident Lawsuits

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The rights of victims who were passengers in single vehicle car accidents are often misunderstood. Car insurance companies, whose only goal is to pay out as little in personal injury claims as possible, can exploit that misunderstanding.

748020_crash_car_1.jpgMass Live is reporting that a 29-year-old man from Northampton, Massachusetts was recently killed in a one-car crash. Authorities stated that the driver lost control is his Toyota Camry on Route 9 and hit a utility pole.

When the passenger side of the car hit the utility pole, the car became twisted around the pole. The passenger was killed and the driver sustained serious but non life-threatening injuries as result of the car accident. First responders had to use equipment to cut the victims out of the mangled car.

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