Woman Run Over by Own Car at Massachusetts Hotel

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Our Boston car accident lawyers know being run over by a vehicle is one of the scariest and most dangerous types of vehicle crashes. You are almost certain to suffer serious injury that may require extensive medical treatment and physical or occupational therapy.

1149771_one_car_key.jpgAccording to a recent article in the Boston Globe, a woman was seriously injured when she was run over by her own vehicle outside a Massachusetts hotel. It has been reported that the victim stepped out of her car and walked around the rear bumper to see how far she was from a wall as she was attempting to park.

Witnesses stated that the vehicle began to move unexpectedly and crushed the woman against the wall. She suffered the majority of the impact to her chest and was in serious but stable condition at a local hospital.

Being run over by your own car may seem like some sort of freak occurrence, but this is more common that you might imagine. As your car accident attorney can explain, even though it was your own vehicle that caused the accident, it does not mean that you are at fault.

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Valedez v. Watkins Motor Lines, et al.: Hearsay in Car Accident Lawsuits

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Our Boston car accident lawyers know rules of evidence often seem counterintuitive and can be very confusing to clients.

12057_dangerous_truck.jpgIn Valedez v. Watkins Motor Lines, et al., an appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, two men were working as vehicle delivery drivers. Their job was to go to a car auction house and drive the purchased vehicles back to El Paso.

When the workers arrived at the auction house in St Louis, they picked up three vehicles. One of the drivers drove a minivan that was towing a small SUV on a dolly. The other driver was in a pickup truck that had been purchased by their employer. According to testimony for the plaintiff, the drivers had spliced wires on the minivan's electrical system and placed a tow light package on the back of the vehicle on the dolly.

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Four Injured in Massachusetts - When Medical Conditions that Cause Accidents

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Our Boston car accident lawyers know traffic accidents are seldom "accidents."

road-1214570-m.jpgAccording to a recent report in the Boston Globe, four people were injured in a head-on collision in East Dennis, Massachusetts. Police are saying that the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the crash drifted over the center line and hit another vehicle carrying three people.

The driver of the vehicle alleged to be at-fault suffered severe injuries to her chest and abdomen and was flown in a medevac helicopter to a trauma center. The driver of the other vehicle suffered serious injuries to her head and neck. In addition to the serious injures sustained by the driver, her two young grandchildren suffered what are being reported as minor injuries from the car accident.

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Carter v. Progressive Mountain Ins.: Car Accidents and UM Coverage

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In Carter v. Progressive Mountain Ins., the Supreme Court of Georgia explored the issue of whether Underinsured Motorist (UM) coverage could based upon the wording of a settlement with the at-fault driver's insurance company.

75579_drunk_driving.jpgIn Carter, the plaintiff was in a car accident that was allegedly caused by an intoxicated driver. The drunk driver had a policy with a maximum of $30,000 in coverage per personal injury. The plaintiff entered into a settlement with the at-fault driver's carrier in the amount of thirty thousand dollars. However, the settlement agreement provided that $29,000 of the settlement payment would be for punitive damages and the remaining $1,000 would be for compensatory damages.

The plaintiff then filed with her own insurance carrier to collect on her UM policy. She had a UM policy in the amount of $25,000. As your Boston car accident lawyer can explain, UM coverage can be purchased from your own insurance company and is designed to compensate you for any damages that are over and above what is paid by the at-fault driver's insurance company.

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Reis v. Volvo Cars of N. Am.: Car Accidents and Mechanical Failure

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Our Boston car accident lawyers understand the importance of arguing for jury instructions helpful to the plaintiff's case.

111147_steering_wheel.jpgIn Reis v. Volvo Cars of North America, as reported in the New York State Law Reporting Bureau, the court applied a standard of care instruction applicable to malpractice cases in a products liability action.

In Reis, the plaintiff was looking at a 15-year-old car that had recently been bought by a friend. The plaintiff was examining the engine with the hood raised when his friend asked him if he would like to see what the engine looks like when it is running. The friend then started the engine while the car was in a forward gear. This car had an older style manual transmission that did not require the car to be in neutral when started. When the car was started in what was probably first gear, it lurched forward and crushed the plaintiff between the front bumper and a wall.

As a result of being crushed by the car, the plaintiff had severe damage to his leg, and that leg was eventually amputated. The plaintiff sued to recover compensation for his personal injury under a theory of negligence - specifically, that the defendant car manufacturer knew or should have known that the car was likely to lurch forward when started in gear and should have included an ignition interlock to prevent this from occurring.

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Why Do Boston Drivers Hit and Run?

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A 2005 study revealed as many as one driver out of every 10 at-fault drivers flee after a motor vehicle accident. As the Gazette reported, however, drivers who flee from a crash tend to leave evidence behind that can make it possible for law enforcement to find them. narrow-street-1327674-m.jpg

When a driver leaves the scene of a collision, this has serious consequences for the victim. If the hit-and-run driver is not found, the victim could be unable to make an injury claim against the motorist responsible for causing injuries. An uninsured motorist claim may be the only option for the victim to obtain compensation for losses. An experienced Boston hit and run accident lawyer can help motorists who have been injured in a hit-and-run to understand their options and take action.

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NTSB Has Safety Recommendations for Tractor Trailers

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently made several critical safety recommendations. The letter urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to adopt the proposed regulations in order to make the roads safer by reducing the risk of truck collisions. untitled-1410512-m.jpg

Truck accidents are typically among the most serious collisions that occur, and preventing these types of crashes needs to be a top priority. Truckers also need to do their part to prevent collisions. If an accident happens because of a careless trucker, a Boston truck accident lawyer can help victims or their family members to pursue a claim for compensation.

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Boston Traffic Accidents & Defective Road Conditions

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The nations roads and bridges are in serious trouble, and drivers are facing the consequences. As USA Today reports, a lack of money to repair roads and bridges may soon cause "seemingly endless traffic backups." Unfortunately, when roads and bridges are not properly maintained, auto accidents result. pier-1443786-m.jpg

Collisions caused by defective roads can give rise to injury claims. These types of cases are complicated because victims who wish to pursue legal action may need to deal with laws granting limited government immunity. An experienced Boston car accident lawyer should be consulted for help after a collision that occurs due to problems with roadways.

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State Farm v. Gruebele - Haggling With Car Insurer Over Teen Coverage

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Teen drivers are the most hazardous on the road, primarily because of their inexperience and propensity for distraction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the risk of a crash among 16- to 19-year-olds is higher than for any other age group, and per vehicle miles driven, this group is three times more likely to crash than those 20 or older.
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Worse, summer represents what the National Safety Council refers to as the "100 Most Dangerous Days" for teens, as schedules are less structured and they are more likely to pile into the car with friends.

Car accident attorneys in Boston have handled many injury cases in which a teen driver was at-fault. One of the more challenging aspects in these cases can be sorting out the insurance issues.

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City of Jackson v. Lewis - $700k Verdict for High-Speed Chase Death Reinstated

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Police officers are tasked with the difficult job of keeping the public safe. In doing so, there are sometimes calculated risks that must be made. A prime example of this is in the decision whether to initiate pursuit of a suspect, or decline to give chase, given the danger such action might pose to the innocent public.
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While many police agencies - Boston included - have clear directives for pursuit of a suspect, mistakes are still made. Here, the police department expressly forbids chases unless the occupants are known for being wanted in the commission of a violent or life-threatening felony or are operating the vehicle in a manner that poses a threat of public harm if not stopped immediately.

Unfortunately, our Boston car accident lawyers know protocol isn't always followed, and sometimes it results in serious or fatal crashes.

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Estate of Sholberg v. Truman - Fatal Car Accident Caused by Stray Horse

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City-dwellers in Boston tend not to be overly-concerned with the possibility of encountering a farm animal on the morning commute. However, travel a few miles outside of Boston, and you may find the possibility far likelier.
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Massachusetts is home to some 7,700 farms, each about 67 acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, with dairy products ranking third among the state's top agriculture commodities. There are also dozens of acclaimed horse farms throughout the state. If any of these animals escape their enclosure and cause a road hazard that results in a collision, the owner of that animal can be held liable.

Our Boston car accident lawyers are familiar with Mass. General Law Ch. 49, Section 29, which holds that a person injured by any horse, mule, donkey, cattle, sheep, goat or pig - including in a car accident - may seek to recover damages from the owner of the animal.

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Cell Phone Use Suspected in MBTA Accident

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In the event of an accident, law enforcement officials will perform an investigation to determine the cause and to identify responsible parties. When a collision involves public transportation, this investigation process is also critical to determine fault and to prevent future accidents and injuries. After an MBTA bus crash earlier this month, the driver of the bus has been cited for speeding, operating to endanger, obstruction of justice, and impeding operation. According to reports, the traffic citations are related to the driver's use of a cellphone while behind the wheel.

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Whether talking on the phone, texting, or surfing the Internet, driving while using a phone can be extremely dangerous. Our Boston car accident attorneys are experienced in representing victims of car, truck, and bus accidents caused by negligent and inattentive motorists. We understand the deep impact of injuries and will help victims and their families recover for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, long-term care, and other associated losses.

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Truck Driver Charged After Fatal Tracy Morgan Accident

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Tracy Morgan, the actor, comedian, and former Saturday Night Live star, was involved in a fatal 6-car accident on June 7th in Delaware. Immediately following the accident, investigation focused on the tractor-trailer driver and the dangerous industry of commercial trucking and transport. According to the Boston Globe, Morgan suffered critical injuries after a tractor-trailer slammed into his limousine bus. The truck accident also killed another comedian and seriously injured two other passengers.

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The collision sheds light on the danger of truck-driver fatigue and the serious harm caused by high-speed trucking accidents. Our Boston truck accident attorneys are experienced in investigating truck accident claims and in helping victims and their loved ones recover maximum compensation after an accident. We are also experienced in pursuing complex claims against large trucking companies and negligent drivers.

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The Dangers of Leaving Kids in Hot Cars

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As a driver, there are a number of precautions that you take every day to avoid injury and accidents. Safe-driving practices include avoiding cell phone use or texting and driving, following traffic regulations, and remaining rested and alert. While moving cars can seem like the biggest threat, there are also hidden dangers in and around your vehicle, even when it is parked. During the summer, parents must also be aware of the risks of leaving their children in a hot vehicle. According to reports, nine children have already died this summer after being left in a parked car.

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The National Safety Council is warning parents of the dangers of leaving their children in parked cars. The death toll is already significant and is expected to climb over the summer. Our Boston car accidents attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness to prevent accidents and injury. While car accidents and collisions will remain a significant risk throughout the summer, parents should also be aware of the potentially deadly consequences of leaving children in a hot car.

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The High Cost of Car Accidents

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Motor vehicle collisions have an $871 billion economic and societal impact in the United States. According to a recent study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the economic costs of motor vehicle crashes amount to almost $900 for every single person who is living in the United States. grungy-money-4-1361620-m.jpg

The losses caused by motor vehicle accidents should not cause innocent victims to face financial consequences on top of the emotional and physical pain. Those responsible for causing accidents should compensate victims. An experienced Boston car accident lawyer should be consulted for information on how to pursue a claim for losses and damages.

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