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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Commuter Rail Train Crashes into Car in Boston Suburb

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At the end of each workday in Boston, many residents go to South Station or Back Bay Station to catch an MBTA commuter rail train home. Seeing those purple diesel locomotives is such a normal sight that we often don't realize that a standard locomotive and six passenger cars typically weighs over a million pounds and takes over a mile to completely stop.

railroad-3-655392-m.jpgAccording to one recent report from WCVB 5 News Boston, a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Commuter Line train crashed into a 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander at a railroad crossing in Acton.

Passengers on the train reported feeling a jolt and seeing the lights flicker on and off as the train was slowing down to a stop. When first responders arrived, they found a crushed car that was upside down and essentially cut in half. Miraculously, the driver, a 63-year-old woman, was still alive and able to talk.

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Bicycle Accident Involving Dump Truck Kills Rider

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According to a recent article from the Boston Globe, a bicyclist was killed after being hit by a dump truck. Authorities report the victim was riding his bike in the westbound lane of a crowded street when he attempted to make a left turn.

unusual-dumper-217365-m.jpgDuring the left turn, the victim crossed over into the opposing lane of traffic and collided with the dump truck. After hitting the truck, he lost control of the bicycle and hit a utility pole.

The victim was taken to a local trauma center, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. It appears that the truck driver was operating within the posted speed limit. An accident reconstruction specialist is taking part in the police investigation, but the police, as of this point, do not intend to press charges against the truck driver.

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Multi-Vehicle Car Accident in New England Leaves One Dead and Two Injured

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According to a recent news article from WCSH6 News a woman was killed in a three-car accident in Maine. Authorities have stated that they responded to the multi-vehicle car accident that occurred in the early afternoon hours. In addition to the fatality, two other people were injured in the car accident and were taken to separate local hospitals, where their condition was being reported as stable.

that-hurt-494062-m.jpgPolice has not yet said what caused the accident, but they have said that traffic will be reopened once a vehicle accident investigation has been completed. As our Boston attorneys who regularly represent victims of multi-vehicle accidents understand, the accident scene is often a chaotic place. There are injured people in need of assistance, police, firefighters, EMTs, and tow trucks on the scene. There is likely a line of traffic being backed up, and rubbernecking in the opposite lane because people slow down to see the devastating effects of the car crash.

Despite all of this chaos, there are certain steps you can take that will ultimately help your attorney fight for your right to fair and appropriate financial settlement. One of the most important things is to not move the your vehicle until instructed to do so by police. It is very important that the police are called, so they can document the accident, make a vehicle crash report, and help those involved in exchanging insurance information.

While it is necessary for the police to be there, do not assume the police will get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident. It is very important to try and get the names and addresses of any witnesses. These witnesses will be extremely important when it comes to settlement negotiations or a trial, and it will be very difficult to locate these people if they leave the scene without giving their pertinent information.

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High School Football Captain Killed in Winchester

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According to a recent news article in the Boston Globe, the captain of the Winchester High School football team was killed in a single-vehicle car crash. Authorities are reporting that he was driving alone in his car in a suburb north of Boston in the early morning hours when he suddenly left the road and crashed into a tree.

fire-brigade-759827-m.jpgThe cause of the accident is still under investigation as friends, family, and classmates mourn the tragic loss of the 17-year-old victim.

As our Boston car accident attorneys know too well, these tragedies forever change lives. While insurance companies are often quick to blame these types of accidents on distracted driving or simply an unfortunate turn of events, an accident reconstruction expert may be able to determine if the victims or their families have a valid negligence claim.

During pretrial phase of a car accident lawsuit in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, plaintiff's attorney will be able to serve various discovery requests on defendants. This process is known by attorneys as propounding discovery. These requests can require a car manufacturer to turn over all information pertaining to defects in a particular vehicle, including test data, recall notices, internal service bulletins shared with dealerships, and company memoranda related to defects in the car.

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White v. Mazda Motors of America: On Defective Manufacturing Claims in Car Accident Cases

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Our Boston attorneys who represent clients injured by defective vehicles understand the importance of using an expert witness.

car-fire-1267612-m.jpgIn White v. Mazda Motors of America, Inc., a case from the Supreme Court of Connecticut, plaintiff's car caught on fire a month after he purchased it. According to court records, plaintiff was driving home after working the night shift. He had owned the car for the past month and had driven to and from work each day during that month, putting a total of 2800 miles on the car.

While driving home, he began to smell gasoline coming from the car. He pulled over and got out of the car. Everything else seemed normal, and the gauges and dashboard lights were reading as normal. When he inspected the engine, he saw a bright flash, and the car burst into flames. Plaintiff fell backwards in reaction to the explosion, and, while he luckily was not burned, he did injure his knee when he fell to the ground.

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On Traffic Collisions Caused by Street Racing

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According to a recent article in the Daily News, two people died and another person is injured after a deadly car crash that authorities believe may be related to street racing.

372080_car_speedometer.jpgWitnesses say that a Mini Cooper was driving at speeds of around 90mph and appeared to be racing with another vehicle. The driver is said to have lost control, and the car hit a tree. The car split in half and exploded when it hit the tree.

Both the driver and front seat passenger were thrown from the vehicle during the crash. They were rushed to a local hospital. The driver was pronounced dead shortly after arriving, and the female front seat passenger is listed in critical condition.

Authorities also found a passenger in the back seat of the Mini Cooper who had been burned to death. All three occupants of the car were in their early 20s. As our Boston car accident attorneys know, street racing is extremely dangerous and results in a significant number of serious car accidents each year.

As our Boston traffic accident attorneys can explain, in a normal collision, plaintiff must establish that the defendant owed a duty of care to protect plaintiff and his or her property from harm that was foreseeable by a reasonable and prudent driver and breached that duty of care.

There is no question that drivers owe a duty of care to others who share the roads and sidewalks. A breach of that duty by not acting in a reasonable manner constitutes a negligent act. The next element that plaintiff must prove is that the breach caused damage to plaintiff. After establishing breach of a duty and causation, plaintiff must then establish the amount of damages to be awarded by a trier of fact, such as a jury.

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Truck Driver Killed in Fiery Multivehicle Accident

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According to a recent news article from WFTV 9, I-95 in Florida was shut down after a multivehicle crash that resulted in the death of a semi truck driver. State police are reporting that the truck driver lost control of his vehicle and hit a crash attenuator. A crash attenuator is a crushable device (usually painted yellow and black) that is placed on the end of a guardrail or other gouge point on a highway that is designed to absorb impact and help protect occupants of vehicles that hit the device.

12057_dangerous_truck.jpgWitnesses say that when the truck hit the barrier, the trailer swung around and blocked all northbound lanes of the interstate, causing traffic to come to a standstill. Another truck driver did not stop in time and crashed his truck into five cars stopped at the scene, and then crashed into another tractor trailer.

After the impact from the second truck, three additional vehicles were struck in the chaotic crash scene, and the semi truck that had hit them burst into flames. The driver of the truck that failed to stop for the accident was killed in the fire. At this point, two other vehicles caught fire, but the occupants of those vehicles were able to escape. Several people involved were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injures.

As our Boston truck accident lawyers can explain, accidents that involve multiple vehicles are likely to have a complex discovery process prior to settling the case or going to trial. In the context of a civil lawsuit in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the discovery process involves the sending of various legal pleadings and requests to defendant's attorney.

One type of pleadings typically used in a car accident case is known as requests for admissions (RFAs). The RFAs are sent to the other side's attorney and require defendants to admit or deny certain allegations. When served with a set of RFAs, the responding party must admit allegations, deny them, or, in some cases, state that there is not enough information to answer the question.

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