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In recent events, Boston city officials have taken a strong stance against food delivery companies such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub due to a surge in dangerous and illegal behavior by their drivers. This action comes as the city grapples with the growing prevalence of delivery services, which have significantly altered the urban landscape and raised serious safety concerns.

Boston Food Delivery Problems at Hand 

Boston’s bustling streets have seen a dramatic increase in delivery drivers on mopeds, motorcycles, and motorized scooters. This shift, while aimed at reducing car congestion, has led to a series of problems. Drivers have been frequently spotted riding on sidewalks, running red lights, and weaving through traffic, endangering pedestrians and other motorists. Particularly alarming incidents include drivers traveling the wrong way on busy streets, further exacerbating the chaos and risk of accidents.

Motorcycle Riders
At Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers, our firm is dedicated to safeguarding the rights and well-being of motorcyclists, we deeply appreciate the sense of freedom that follows the open road on two wheels. As advocates for personal freedom, we recognize the joy and unique experience that motorcycle riding provides.

However, it is crucial to acknowledge the importance of safety and the need to abide by the law. Understanding the inherent risks of riding a motorcycle, we stand alongside the motorcycling community while ensuring that safety remains paramount. 

By requiring riders to wear helmets, Massachusetts aims to reduce the severity of head injuries that can occur in the event of a motorcycle accident. With each ride, motorcyclists embrace a certain level of vulnerability, making adopting safety practices that minimize the risk of life-altering injuries crucial. Wearing a helmet is not only an act of personal responsibility but also a commitment of motorcyclists to prioritize their well-being and that of their fellow riders.

Driving is a daily activity for many, but it comes with its own set of risks. While we often don’t give it a second thought, our safety on the road is influenced by a variety of factors — the condition of our vehicle, the behavior of other drivers, weather conditions, and even the time of day. However, when it comes to driving in Massachusetts, certain times are more dangerous than others.

Boston Rush Hour

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The most dangerous time to drive in Massachusetts is during the early evening, between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to a study that analyzes NHTSA data on crashes and fatal accidents. Saturday was found to have more crashes reported than any other day of the week.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Most motorists think that means it’s time for motorcycle riders to brush up on their safety skills as the snow melts and motorcycles return to the roads. But in reality, it’s the motorists who need the safety reminder.

Nationwide, about 1 in 5 fatal traffic collisions involves a motorcycle rider, despite there being far fewer motorcycles than passenger vehicles on the road. When calculated based on miles traveled, motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely than vehicle occupants to be fatally injured in a collision, according to data collected by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.motorcycle-1449847-300x225

There is no such thing as a minor accident when a motorcycle is involved. These collisions often result in very serious or fatal injuries. Even when fault is indisputable (and riders are far too often wrongly blamed), an experienced motorcycle accident attorney must identify all available insurance coverage and present an aggressive and comprehensive claim for damages.

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In the Commonwealth, pursuant to Title XIV, Chapter 90 of the Massachusetts General Laws (MGL), which is part of the Public Ways and Works regulations, everyone who operates a motorcycle, rides on a motorcycle as a passenger, or is riding in a sidecar mounted on the side of a motorcycle must wear protective head gear.

Boston Motorcycle Accident LawyerThere is no description of what the protective head gear must be other than it must conform with the requirements as set forth in the regulations of the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).  This currently includes a helmet approved for use on a motorcycle and some form of eye protection. This can include a windshield on the bike unless you have an instructional (learner’s) permit.  If you have an instructional permit, then eye protection is required.  This can include goggles or a visor on the helmet.  However, it should be noted that if you have a flip-up visor on your helmet, it must be down when you are riding, or the police can, and often will, pull you over and issue you a fine for not complying with safety laws. Continue reading

The doctrine of respondeat superior (Latin for “let the master answer”) holds that an employer can be vicariously liable for the actions of an employee who is acting in the course and scope of employment.motorcycle

That sounds fairly simple, but there is actually a lot to unpack in that statement. For example, vicarious liability means the company can be liable even if it didn’t directly do anything wrong. There is also the distinction between, say, an independent contractor, and an actual employee. Questions might also be raised about whether a worker was acting in the course and scope of employment, even if he or she wasn’t technically on-the-clock.

This brings us to a recent case out of California, considered by the California Court of Appeals for the Second Appellate District, Division Five. The car accident injury lawsuit involved a motorcyclist who was struck by a man driving a taxi. The taxi driver turned left into the path of the man on the motorcycle, who was ejected from his bike. The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries as a result and filed a lawsuit against not just the driver, but the the company whose insignia and branding was emblazoned on the vehicle.  Continue reading

Edens v. Netherlands Insurance, a car accident lawsuit case from the U.S. of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, involved a fatal crash. Plaintiff was driving a motorcycle when a car approaching from the opposite direction made a sharp turn directly in his path. The motorcycle hit the oncoming car.

mvvOLmcThis fatal motorcycle accident occurred in May 2013.  The plaintiff was 22-years-old at the time of his tragic death.  When he hit the alleged at-fault driver’s car, he suffered severe injuries.  First responders were called to the scene, but they found him non-responsive and knew there was nothing they could do save him. They called the medical examiner, and he was soon pronounced dead at the scene.  Continue reading

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports there are 8.4 million registered motorcycles in the U.S., with an increase of about 13,000 in a recent single year. motorcycle

In Massachusetts, according to, there are approximately 159,000 registered motorcycles in the state, which ranks it 21st for motorcycles – even though it ranks only 14th in population.

Simply put: Massachusetts loves motorcycles. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and our Boston motorcycle accident attorneys want to drive home a few points – whether you have been riding for years or just starting.  Continue reading

Rapper Fetty Wap was recently involved in a serious motorcycle accident. The accident occurred on October 3, 2015 in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey. Authorities say Fetty Wap was riding his motorcycle when a car was blocking his lane of travel. He allegedly went into the lane of oncoming traffic to get around the car obstructing him and was involved in collision with a car coming toward him. It was also reported that Fetty Wap claimed he never saw the other car coming before he collided with it.

895247_red_dream_cutoutAfter the crash, he was treated by first responders and taken to a local hospital. At the hospital, he was listed as being in serious but stable condition. His family thanked everyone for their support but asked that they respect his privacy during his recovery from this serious motorcycle accident. Continue reading

According to a recent news feature from Rolling Stone, rapper Fetty Wap is in the hospital after being injured in what is being described as a serious motorcycle accident.

232165_bikes_from_ace_cafe_london_4Witnesses say the famous rapper was riding his motorcycle in Patterson, New Jersey, the city where he is from, when he collided head-on with another vehicle. Paramedics were called to the scene, where they provided immediate medical attention to Fetty Wap before transporting him to a local level-one trauma center. Continue reading

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