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Massachusetts Small Claims Court For Property Damage

Boston automobile drivers face many tough road conditions while driving in Massachusetts. If your car is damaged in an automobile accident because of someone else’s negligence, first try to work things out with your automobile insurance company. But if you cannot get the relief you seek or feel you are entitled to, then you may consider bringing your property damage (or car accident damage) claim before the Massachusetts small claims court.
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Massachusetts to Ban Texting While Driving

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston is abuzz with pending legislation set to be finalized shortly. The attorneys at the Boston Law Office of Neil Burns recently brought you an article concerning efforts to pass legislation banning texting while driving. As attorneys representing those injured in car accidents and other personal injuries, we know firsthand the importance of safe driving practices: distracted driving leads to many Boston residents being involved in car accidents, and suffering pedestrian and bicycle injuries.
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Massachusetts Courts Facing Budget Crisis

Massachusetts courts are facing devastating budget cuts, with Boston courts trying to do more with less, notes Suffolk County Clerk-Magistrate Michael Donovan. The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) assembled a task force to examine the day-to-day effects of recent court budget cuts. The Boston personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Neil Burns are mindful of the important role courts play in adjudicating car accident and personal injury cases.
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Massachusetts, Illegal Immigrants and Underinsurance Coverage

We warn our clients to secure Uninsurance and Underinsurance coverage for their motor vehicles all the time. This is because in my 25 years representing victims of motor vehicle accidents, one of the biggest problems we face is clients with significant injuries and insufficient insurance. A new bill, aimed at illegal immigrants requires the Registry of Motor Vehicles to secure the license number of the person registering the vehicle.
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Awarding Interest In Arbitration Cases

The Massachusetts Appeals Court, sitting in Boston, recently reversed a Trial Court Order granting pre-award interest to the prevailing party of an arbitration. The case began as a negligence action in Boston’s Suffolk Superior Court, and negligence cases include the personal injury and car accident cases handled by the Boston attorneys at the Law Office of Neil Burns. Thus, the attorney’s at the Boston Law Office of Neil Burns informs its clients of this decision because it may directly impact their individual case.
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Massachusetts Motor Cycle Safety For Residents Over 55

According to reports, the rate of injuries and deaths for motorcycle riders is dramatically rising in the 55 -64 year old category. According to a study by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, from 1998 to 2007, the rate of increase was 400%! The second largest increase was in the folks from 45 to 54 year olds. As lawyers who represent victims of motorcycle cycle accidents in Massachusetts, we urge riders to be safe out there.
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Brain Injury from Boston Car Accident

Massachusetts drivers and Boston area residents are involved in numerous car accidents every year. Unfortunately, some people are injured through no fault of their own. Many Boston area residents are injured in rear-end car accidents, and some people suffer brain injuries in these car accidents. The attorneys at the Boston office of the Law Office of Neil Burns have helped clients recover after they have been involved in a rear-end car accident and have suffered an injury, including traumatic brain injury.
Recently, a Boston area law firm reported the settlement of traumatic brain injury claim. The driver was stopped at a light when he was rear-ended by the defendant. The force of the collision caused the driver’s vehicle to rear-end the car in front of him. The driver alleged that, during the accident, his head hit the headrest forcefully. After the accident, the driver claimed that he was dazed and had neck pain and a headache. The driver continued to treat for his head injuries. All testing, including MRI’s and EMG’s were negative, meaning there was no objective test that showed an injury.
Eventually, the injured driver of the car went to a neuropsychologist, and a psychiatrist. Thus, while the his treating physicians opined that his medical conditions were permanent and causally related to the motor vehicle accident, the insurance companies expert testified that the driver’s injury was minor because he did not suffer a direct blow to the head, he did not suffer a loss of consciousness, and diagnostic testing was negative. He also said that the injured driver’s condition resolved within a few weeks after the collision. The insurance company also argued the driver suffered no lost wages because he suffered no lost time from work. The Boston law firm reported that the case was resolved at mediation, following discovery, and immediately prior to trial.
If you are injured in a rear-end car accident or any othe type of accident or collision, contact the Law Office of Neil Burns for an evaluation of your claim, and for someone who will fight for you.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Accident Rates

Located in Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced that MBTA bus drivers are actually safer than many motorists. But Boston injury attorney Thiadora Pina notes that “even though MBTA bus drivers are being more cautious, accidents still happen and people are still get injured.”
According to the press release, the MBTA averaged 1.3 bus accidents for every hundred thousand miles last year, which represents a drop of more than 25% from 2007.
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Motor Vehicle Deaths Down in US

Massachusetts drivers share in the good news that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on October 9, 2009: the number of traffic deaths on U.S. roads reached a record low in the first half of 2009! The numbers are down approximately 7% for the first half of the year. A report on estimated 2009 traffic fatalities can also be viewed.
The Fatality Analysis Reporting System keeps statistics of highway fatalities each year. In 2008, the numbers were the lowest in over 10 years.

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