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Massachusetts Teenager Texting While Driving Kills 55-year-old

In our personal injury law blog we normally refrain from filing articles about individual collisions, choosing to focus on studies or trends we see, and avoiding the sensational and tragic. However, as a Massachusetts wrongful death attorney and auto accident trial lawyer, we felt the need to report on a Haverhill collision which resulted in the death of a 55-year-old Danville man, with injuries to his passenger who was treated at the Massachusetts General Hospital after the crash. News reports from the Lawrence Eagle Tribune indicate that a 17-year-old was driving while texting on River Street in Haverhill last month. The district attorney’s office charged the youth with Massachusetts motor vehicle homicide and texting while driving in Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyer Reports on Justice Scalia’s Traffic Ticket

According to news we received this morning from Washington, D.C., United State Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was issued a traffic ticket by the U.S. Park Police for following too closely when his motor vehicle struck the vehicle in front of him on his way to work. The collision caused a “chain reaction” with four cars and the justice’s car being towed from the scene. Most importantly, no one reported personal injuries at the time.
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Massachusetts Drivers Beware of Prescription Medication

In a French study published in PLOS Medicine, of 72,685 drivers involved in serious motor vehicle accidents, 27% had taken at least one prescribed medicine the day of the crash. Drivers that had taken more serious drugs, including antihypertensives, diabetes drugs, opioids and antidepressants were at a higher risk of being responsible for a motor vehicle crash than drivers taking less serious prescription drugs. The Wall Street Journal
pointed out that the study did not take into account non-compliance in prescriptions; folks that were supposed to be taking the medication, but were not. Nevertheless, the study is instructive to Massachusetts drivers.
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Massachusetts Car Accident Attorney Fee Agreements to Change

The news from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is that car accident lawyers and other Massachusetts personal injury lawyers must use a new form for the contingent fee agreement, effective March 15, 2011. The focus of the new format is on full disclosure of out of pocket fees on contingent fees cases. The changes to Massachusetts Rule of Professional Conduct,1.5 was proposed by an SJC advisory committee, with input from the various bar associations.
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