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When a car hits a pedestrian, there is often significant personal injury or death.  Due to the fact that a car weights over 2,000 pounds and is moving, and a pedestrian has almost no protection, the pedestrian would be very fortunate to only suffer minor injuries, and that is not usually the case.

Boston car accidentsFor this reason, car accident lawsuits often involve substantial damages.  Damages, which is the legal term for the monetary loss suffered in a Boston car accident, often include money for pain and suffering, lost wages, past medical bills, future medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, and other types of special damages. Continue reading

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While there is nothing worse than the loss of a child, when one or both parents are also seriously injured in the same fatal car accident, it is hard to image what a family must be going through.  According to a recent news article from the Boston Globe, a five-month-old infant was killed in a fatal Boston car accident and the child’s mother was also seriously injured.

1172422_police_on_the_sceneThe fatal car accident occurred in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.  One witness has said she heard the sound of tires squealing and then a very loud crash. She first thought it was a collision involving two cars, but tragically this was not the case. When she looked to see what actually happened, she saw a woman’s body in the middle of the road in an unnaturally twisted position. Continue reading

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Car accidents in which the victim is a pedestrian are often the most serious types of automobile accidents we see in Boston.  These cases are also the most likely types of car accidents to result in a fatality.

mWyoxDu-224x300According to a recent news article from the Boston Herald, a 15-year-old girl from East Boston has died in a car accident.  Authorities are reporting that this deadly pedestrian accident occurred just before 8 p.m. on a Tuesday evening.  While Boston police have not released much information on how the crash occurred, we do know that the driver stayed on the scene following the fatal accident and was cooperative with police.  Continue reading

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Car accidents involving pedestrians often have some of the most tragic outcomes. It is an unfortunate fact a car weighing over 2,000 pounds can do a tremendous amount of damage to a pedestrian, even at slow speeds. At faster speeds, the accident often ends in a fatality.

1172422_police_on_the_sceneAccording to a recent news report from WWLP, a pedestrian was recently killed after being dragged hundreds of feet in a hit and run accident in Western Massachusetts. Authorities say they are looking for surveillance that may help them locate the suspect who allegedly struck a pedestrian on Route 5 with his or her car and then continued to drive hundreds of feet with the victim trapped beneath the vehicle. The victim died in this horrific crash crash, and the suspect allegedly kept driving and never stopped to wait for police and emergency personnel to arrive.

Police are not certain of the exact time of the accident but believe it occurred between one and two in the morning. The unknown suspect allegedly hit victim just south of a McDonald’s restaurant and then dragged him underneath the car for around 300 feet. At this point, the suspect is believed to have a made a sharp turn, and victim’s body was thrown from beneath the fleeing car.
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According to a recent article from NBC News a verbal dispute turned deadly for one pedestrian when it resulted in a fatal five-car accident. The accident occurred on an early Sunday morning.

helicopter-1335914-mAuthorities say a woman got into an argument with a man before the man got in his car and drove away. The woman followed the man, according to police, and hit his car with her vehicle. After she hit his car, he lost control and struck a pedestrian and three other cars. The accident occurred around three in the morning in the Washington Park neighborhood of Chicago.

When first responders arrived on the scene, they found the pedestrian seriously injured. EMTs transported him to a local hospital, where doctors later pronounced him dead. Police placed the female driver under arrest, and officers are questioning the male driver, as well, but no charges have been filed against him.
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According to a recent news report from the Boston Globe, a 69-year-old woman from Plymouth, Massachusetts was killed while walking her son’s dog. The victim was said to have loved walking this dog and had lost almost 100 pounds from these walks, which were up to three miles per day.

helicopter-1335914-mAround 8 a.m. 39-year-old defendant allegedly hit and killed victim with his car. Defendant lives a few blocks from victim. The dog was also killed during this fatal accident. However, defendant is alleged to have fled the scene following this deadly crash.

Authorities claim he told them he thought he only hit a dog and not a person. He said he heard a “thud” but did not feel an impact. One witness says he just hit her and left her on the side of the road. It should be noted defendant pleaded not guilty and has not been convicted of any crime in connection with this fatal Massachusetts car accident at this time. Prosecutors have, however, charged defendant with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation and leaving the scene of personal injury and property damage and have held him in jail pending trial, as he could not post bail, which a district court judge set at $25,000 cash. This is not unusual, as Massachusetts has created a bail system that has virtually done away with bail bonding agents.

Defendant’s attorneys have stated in court he heard the thud, thought he might have hit the dog, but could not see the victim because her body had been thrown over a large snow bank. They further said their client drove off in an attempt to follow the dog, which he believed to still be alive, but the dog ran off and seemed fine, so he went to work. They asserted that this was not the kind of situation where their client knowingly left a person to die. During the bail hearing, his attorneys also said the sun glare had affected his vision at the time of the tragic accident.
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Car accidents involving pedestrian victims are often the most serious types of accidents to occur. According to a recent news article from the Boston Globe, a Salvation Army bell ringer was badly injured when a car crashed into the pharmacy in front of which he was standing while collecting charitable donations.

bell-458625-m.jpgThe serious car accident occurred shortly after noon on Massachusetts Avenue. The 50-year-old Boston resident was hit by the car and trapped beneath it for several minutes before being freed. It was an employee of a nearby gas station who got a car jack and raised the at-fault driver’s vehicle enough to get the victim out of harm’s way. Authorities are saying victim’s injuries were serious in nature, but not believed to be life threatening. He was transported to a local hospital with severe trauma to his legs.
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According to a recent story from 7 News Boston, a pedestrian was killed in a crash in Cambridge. Police are reporting that a car traveling in the eastbound lane of Memorial Drive hit a 50-year-old man.

wrong-way.jpgPolice are still investigating the cause of the accident and why the man was in the roadway. The man was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he was pronounced dead.

Our Boston car accident lawyers know a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian often leads to serious injury or death. In these tragic cases, it is often a surviving spouse, child, or parent who will file a case on behalf of the decedent’s estate. The decedent’s estate is entitled to any financial compensation for pain and suffering the victim experienced before death. The estate may also be entitled to lost wages, medical bills that stemmed from the accident, and funeral expenses, if that money was paid from the assets of the estate.

Surviving heirs may be entitled to file claims in their own capacity for loss of consortium and negligent infliction of emotional distress. There may also be a possibility for “special damages,” which your car accident lawyer can explain.
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Mayor de Blasio has made it his goal to reduce pedestrian accident deaths in New York City — with an ultimate aim of zero fatalities. A big part of the effort being made centers around giving more jaywalking tickets. This is not a new idea, as CBS reported that Mayor Menino’s efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths in Boston in 2010 included an effort to obtain permission for the city to write bigger tickets for jaywalking. pedestrian-crossing-box-1193996-m.jpg

Jaywalking is unquestionably dangerous, as drivers should not cross against the signal or walk out in front of cars when doing so is not safe. Police cracking down on the behavior could also be effective as a deterrent to prevent jaywalkers from breaking the rules of the road. However, with finite police resources, it is also important that law enforcement continue efforts to stop the most dangerous driving behaviors, including driving distracted or impaired.
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Federal lawmakers have introduced the Safe Streets Act of 2014 into the United States Senate. The goal is to reduce the number of pedestrian accident fatalities occurring across the country. caution-sign-541767-m.jpg

Pedestrian deaths have become a serious problem. From 2009 to 2012, there was an average 4.9 percent increase in pedestrian motor-vehicle deaths each year. The result is that deaths went up around 15 percent even as the overall number of traffic fatalities in other categories declined by three percent. The Safe Streets Act could improve conditions and bring this death toll down, but unfortunately it is unlikely to make any kind of real difference.
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