Is It Safe For My Dog in The Passenger Seat?

Some folks want to take their dogs everywhere.  If trained, they are wonderful companions to accompany you when shopping, hiking, going to a dog park, out for coffee, or strolling on the beach.  But to get to your location, they often need to be driven.  So, does that mean it is safe for your dog to be in the front seat with you?  If you live in Massachusetts, you need to be aware of traffic laws about dogs in vehicles that can lead to a ticket and fine if your dog is causing a disturbance and is diverting your attention from driving. 

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Tesla Auto Breaking Failed to Stop Crashes

Tesla is one of the most popular luxury brands of automobiles and has marketed itself as one of the safest automobiles that you can drive.  It boasts a self-driving system or Autopilot that allows you hands-free driving under certain circumstances.  Unfortunately, its forward advance collision avoidance system has failed to function in a number of accidents, leading to serious injuries and fatalities. Also, drivers are relying too much on the Autopilot system and getting into serious accidents.

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How Long Does a Car Accident Affect Insurance Rates in Massachusetts?

How long an accident remains on your driving record is a question many drivers and clients ask since accident claims will generally affect your insurance rates. Whether an accident will raise your premiums often depends on: the state where you carry your license your liability carrier if the accident was your fault number of prior accidents  severity of the accident 

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Massachusetts Man Involved in a Head on Collision With Amazon Delivery Driver Files Suit

A January 2021 car accident involving an Amazon van driver and a 31-year-old Milford, Massachusetts man who suffered permanent and life-altering injuries has led to a lawsuit against the delivery giant.  Amazon is a major distributor of packages in the U.S. and maintains warehouses and distribution centers throughout the nation.  Milford has two Amazon warehouses. 

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1 in 8 Fatal Car Crashes in Past Decade Involved Teen Drivers

Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of teen fatalities in the U.S. Even though only a small percentage of drivers are under 20, they accounted for 13% of all fatal car accidents from 2010 to 2019.  There is good news, however, in that the percentage and number of fatal car crashes involving teens is decreasing, including in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

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Importance of Surveillance Videos in Premises Liability Claims in Massachusetts

Have you ever been in an accident and wished that there was video footage of it so you could more easily prove your claim?  We are increasingly seeing surveillance videos of traffic accidents with cameras mounted on streetlights and from outside businesses as well as cameras on vehicle dashboards, but we are also seeing them inside retail businesses.  Having a camera that captured a slip and fall or other incident inside a Massachusetts business is becoming more common as the technology has advanced to make cameras cheaper and the video more detailed.

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Legalization of Happy Hour Fireworks Among Approved Ballot Question

Does anyone really miss happy hour? The practice of discounted drinks, special promotions, and 2-for-1 drinks was discontinued or banned in 1984 in order to reduce the incidence of drunk driving accidents.  However, its return will be decided by Massachusetts voters in November 2022 along with 15 other proposals including legalizing fireworks, stricter voter ID requirements, and how ride-share drivers are to be classified. 

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Massachusetts Traffic is Back- What You Need to Know

According to the state’s Highway Administrator, traffic is back on Massachusetts roadways. Whether that is a good thing or not depends on your perspective and whether you have returned to the commute you left behind over 18-months ago.  If you are thinking of returning to that commute, consider that in 2020, according to a Texas A&M Transportation Institute study, Boston area drivers spent an average of about 50-hours in traffic.  Boston was also ranked as the second worst in the nation for daily traffic delays.

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Massachusetts Motorcycle Deaths on the Increase

Anyone who has ever ridden a motorcycle is aware not only of the joys of riding but of the risks as well. Despite public service campaigns alerting motorists to be aware of motorcyclists and to respect their presence on the road, fatalities caused by other motorists continue to occur. A troubling statistic is that in Massachusetts, we have experienced an increase in the number of riders and passengers killed in motorcycle accidents over the past year. 

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