Hit By Motorist Who Was Trying to Park

If you are a pedestrian struck by a motorist who was attempting to park or exit from a parking space, or you are a motorist hit by another vehicle that was parking, attempting to park or exiting a parking space, you may have a claim for compensation. Although parking accidents are often low-impact or occur at low speeds, the injuries that can result are very real.

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Cambridge Tackles Bike Accidents

More and more people are using bicycles in urban areas to commute, shop or visit friends and family as well as to exercise their legs and lungs.  Lighter bicycles, more gears for easier hill climbing, and no worries about parking, traffic jams, tickets or auto insurance account for some of the increase in usage.  However, bicycles and urban traffic also mean risks to bike riders. This fact of city life is no less evident than in the city of Cambridge that has decided to do something about its bike safety problem.

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Boston’s Bike Initiative

Bicycles have always been a part of Boston’s urban roadways as they are in other cities.  They are a cheap alternative to commuting as well as a means of exercise and to reduce traffic congestion.  Many cities and towns are providing bike lanes on roadways to encourage bicycle use and to keep bicyclists safe from inattentive or careless motorists.  Some, like the city of Boston, are implementing bike initiatives to achieve this very purpose.

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Pedestrian Accidents in Massachusetts

In 2008, 75 of 364 vehicle-related fatalities in Massachusetts were pedestrian deaths.  In addition, Massachusetts Health and Human Services also reports that there are approximately 11 deaths and more than 1300 injuries to pedestrians between the age of 5 and 18, and that most of these events happen between the hours of 3:00 and 5:00 PM.

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Biking Safety in Massachusetts

Biking is healthy. Commuting to work and school by bike is better. Or is it? While only a very small percentage of trips taken by Americans are by bicycle, bike riders face a significantly higher risk of injury and even death than occupants of motor vehicles. Biking in Boston has become more common. Bike lanes have been established. Bike rentals are everywhere. Offices and the MBTA offer places to lock your bikes. But is biking safe? Studies differ. For example, in 2010, 800 bicyclists were killed and more than a half a million sought emergency room treatment for injuries from bike accidents. The medical costs and loss of productivity can be over $5 billion.

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Avoiding Bike Accidents on Massachusetts Roads

It’s summer! The bicycle riders are out. In the suburbs there are one set of rules to remember and in the city there are additional rules. Of course the law is the law: wear a helmet, learn and obey traffic laws and you will resolve most potential safety problems. Bicycle accidents in Massachusetts are unfortunately all too common, especially in the summer. Many victims don’t know that there is often insurance coverage for victims of Massachusetts bicycle accidents.

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Road Rage Not Limited to Drivers

Pedestrians in Boston should be pleased to know that the rage they perceive in other walkers could be very real. Signs of sidewalk rage, according can be assigned to the Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale, ranges from feeling stress and impatience when walking to the extreme psychiatric condition called “intermittent explosive disorder,” or the simple muttering and hogging a lane.

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Boston Car Accident Lawyer Ponders Distracted Pedestrian Law

Massachusetts banned texting while driving and teenagers using cellphones while driving. However, is it time to consider banning using iPods while walking? The number of deaths among pedestrians in Massachusetts is up from 14 in the first six months of 2009 to 25 in 2010 for that period. The distracted pedestrian is the target of lawmakers in several states, who are considering laws aimed at distracted pedestrians. The reason? An 0.4% increase, nationally, in pedestrian deaths. When a pedestrian is injured by a motor vehicle, was his electronic distraction a factor? You can bet the insurance defense attorney will use that information.

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