We have been practicing law in Boston and throughout Massachusetts since 1985. I have represented clients in District Courts, Superior Courts, the Appeals Court, Housing Court, Probate Courts, Federal Bankruptcy Court and the Federal District Court.
Truck accidents are not uncommon since there are over 3 million truck drivers in the US and approximately 15.5 million trucks in operation. Statistics indicate there are about 500,000 accidents yearly involving 13trucks with 5,000 fatalities.
Cell phones are everywhere, of course, and it is a common sight to see people walking on the streets or crosswalks with phones to their ears or talking on ear phones who are oblivious to what is around them. Now, observe that by drivers in motor vehicles and you have a potential tragedy in the making. Most states ban some form of cell phone use, but only 14 states and the District of Columbia ban all use of handheld phones by everyone. Now, Massachusetts may join that select group.
Have you ever been on a pub crawl in Massachusetts? This is just another name for bar-hopping where you and friends travel from pub to pub having a drink or two at each one. Usually, there is either a designated driver or, more frequently given their ubiquity, an Uber or Lyft so that the crawlers need not worry about being stopped and arrested for drunk driving. Unfortunately, one of these pub crawls resulted in a tragic accident in McHenry County, Illinois.
Is there anyone over the age of 18 who has not heard the adage “speed kills?’ While this short phrase could easily refer to methamphetamine use, and it certainly does in many circles, most people associate it with speeding while driving.
We all know that wearing a seat belt saves lives and can minimize the risk of sustaining a serious injury in an auto accident. Despite this obvious and well-known fact, car accidents are the number one killer of children ages 3-14 in the US and many of these fatalities stem from lack of seat belt use as well as the improper restraining of children in child safety or booster seats.