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According to a recent news report from the New Hampshire Union Leader, an 81-year-old nun surrendered herself to authorities after allegedly fleeing the scene of a car accident. Authorities say defendant, who has now been released on bail, crashed into a car outside a shopping mall during the last of the Christmas shopping rush last year and left the scene immediately thereafter.

nun-1437922However, before she was able to get way from the scene of the car accident, the owner of the vehicle she allegedly hit managed to write down her license plate number and gave it to local police. Victim also told police that defendant hit her in the rear of her vehicle, and she and defendant both stepped out of their respective cars to exchange information. After the two women spoke for a few minutes, victim says she reached into her car to get some paperwork, and, when she turned back around, defendant had allegedly fled the scene. Continue reading

According to a recent news article in the Boston Globe, Darius Fleming, a linebacker for the New England Patriots, is being called a hero after he sustained an injury pulling a woman from her car after she was involved in a car accident in Foxboro.

fire-brigade-759827-mWitnesses say the woman was involved in a three-car accident just outside of Gillette Stadium along Route 1.   When Fleming arrived, he saw that the victim was trapped in her car, and there appeared to be smoke coming from it, so he believed the vehicle was on fire. As it turns out, the car was not on fire, but it was dust and smoke from the airbag deployment. It is common for people to think the car is on fire after an airbag deploys. There is also often a burning smell from the charge that deployed the airbag. Continue reading

A recent news article form The Boston Globe discussed an accident that just occurred in Lexington, Massachusetts. Authorities say the accident occurred on Route 128 in Lexington.

wheelMassachusetts State Police investigators have said that the collision occurred early in the morning on a Tuesday when one car was traveling in the wrong direction on Route 128. However, as this is still very early in the investigation, authorities are not yet sure which vehicle was traveling in the wrong direction and was therefore responsible for the accident. Continue reading

According to a recent report from the Boston Globe, a man who was killed in a fatal car accident in 1995 has finally been identified. This man was killed in the car accident around 20 years ago in Virginia, and his body was so badly damaged from the accident that an identification could not be made at that time and he his driver’s license or wallet was never recovered. He did however have two Grateful Dead ticket stubs in his pocket that survived the wreckage, so he was then known as Grateful Doe instead of John Doe like as unidentified victims are normally called.

fhfghfhThe victim’s mother lost contact with her son after he left home to follow the Grateful Dead. For those that don’t remember, fans of the band would sometimes spend all of their time traveling from city to city with the band. She said that she never filed a missing persons report for several reasons. First, they did not want to believe he was actually missing or dead. His mother also said that she was not even sure where to file the missing persons report, because he was supposedly traveling all over the country, and it didn’t make sense to the family to file the report in Myrtle Beach, where he was living prior to leaving home. Continue reading

Reis v. Luckett, a case from the Supreme Court of the State of Montana, is an appeal dealing with the legal issue of causation in a car accident lawsuit. Essentially, there are four elements needed to prove negligence in a car accident civil action. The first element is that defendant owed plaintiff a duty of due care. The second element is defendant breached his or her duty of due care. The third element is causation, and the fourth and final element is damages.

mWyoxDuIn the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one of the most heavily litigated elements in a negligence case involving a car accident is the causation element.   It should be noted that legal causation is broken down into actual and proximate causation. Continue reading

In Serra v. Estate of Broughton, a case from the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, plaintiff was from Spain and was in the United States as a foreign exchange student. She was riding in her friend’s car when they were involved in a serious car accident. The other vehicle in the accident was a motorcycle being operated by a man who was killed in the accident.

stationary-1-1296735-mFollowing the accident, she filed a claim for uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. This is also known as UM/UIM coverage. Under the law, owner of a vehicle is required to have liability insurance. This is car insurance designed to pay for for personal injury and property damage to others. This will not for pay damage to your own car. This type of insurance is known as collision coverage. It is not required by law, but if you owe money on your car, the bank will probably require to you have collision as well to cover the cost of their collateral. Continue reading

According to a recent news feature from the Post Independent, actor James Woods was just involved in a serious car accident, and then took to Twitter to describe the entire ordeal. Woods says he was driving through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado when an ice storm started. According to his tweets, there was a driver traveling faster than 75 mph on the slick road, causing him to lose control of his car and spin out.

mi2YLCkAt this point, Woods had to swerve to avoid the spinning car, and, when took evasive action, his car hit the retaining wall on the right side of the roadway. This caused his own car to spin, and then he was traveling backwards at around 69 mph. At this point, both cars collided with five other cars on the roadway, turning this into a seven-car accident. The area in which the accident occurred is known for being particularly dangerous, and people often call it a treacherous stretch of road. Continue reading

Stensland v. Harding County, a personal injury case from the Supreme Court of South Dakota, involved a plaintiff who was injured when he drove over a washed out portion of the road. Prior to his accident, a local resident, whose driveway was along a county road, was traveling east with his family on the county road after it had been snowing and raining during the prior week. He ran over a ditch and then stopped to further investigate the condition of the road.

Wrong way sign post

Wrong way sign post

Upon further investigation, he noticed a hole in the road and water in another ditch. He stomped down on that section of road with his foot, and it collapsed. His wife called county officials to tell them of the collapse and the condition of the road in general. During the trial, the county official who received the warning call said he placed signs on that section of road, and he put what he referred to as a type I barricade near that section with a road closed sign prominently displayed. Continue reading

Every year we hear about new safety features available on new cars. There was a time when people wanted nothing to do with safety features. For example, when the first seatbelt was invented, as adapted from airplane technology, drivers wanted nothing to do with it. This was also at a time when dashboards were made out of wood and other hard materials not designed to absorb impact.

meT4lm4These days, people generally want safety features on their cars, especially if they have a family car. Today, we generally see new safety features first available on luxury cars, and then eventually become standard equipment. Since car buyers pay a lot of attention to safety ratings and look for that 5-Star rating, manufacturers will try to get their cars highly rated. The criteria of that rating system is constantly changing, and, according to a recent news release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), NHTSA is adding automatic emergency braking to the five-star criteria. Automatic braking will be required to get a five-star safety rating beginning with 2018 model year vehicles. Continue reading

According to a recent news article from the WWLP, a serious car accident in Springfield, Massachusetts resulted in car that was nearly torn completely in half down its centerline.

meQrfYKAuthorities say the accident occurred around 2 a.m. on a Saturday morning. First responders were called to the scene and found what was left of a car that had crashed into a utility pole. Continue reading