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.
With the arrival of summer and temperatures beginning to heat up, car safety becomes a major concern for Massachusetts motorists. Even with temperatures in the 70s, your car’s interior can easily heat up to 90 degrees within 10-minutes, to 98 degrees in 20-minutes, and up to 112 degrees in just one hour. Sitting on a car seat with such elevated temperatures can easily burn you if not careful.
While the recent spate of firearm-related deaths in the country has reminded us that the U.S. may be the most violent nation in the world, we should not forget that the U.S. averages around 6 million car crashes annually, which is more car accidents per year than any other nation with some states, such as Massachusetts, far outpacing others.
In early June of this year, a single vehicle accident on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Warren resulted in the death of the driver with injuries to the passenger. State police arrived at the scene around 6:00 a.m. and reported that the driver had been ejected from the vehicle. There were no other reports on what caused the driver to lose control.
Summer is here and with school out, that means that more teens will be driving regardless of increasing gasoline prices that show no signs of abating. In Massachusetts and across the nation, this also unfortunately means more car accidents and fatalities. However, with parents guiding their teens and providing examples of safe driving, teens can avoid risky driving behavior that robs us of so many young and promising lives.
Even before the Covid era, bicycles were becoming more ubiquitous, especially in urban areas. Towns and cities have responded with more designated bike lanes, trails, and traffic signals for bicyclists so as to accommodate and encourage bike riding for all ages. So, as a Massachusetts motorist and/or bicyclist, you should be aware of the laws governing motor vehicles and cyclists and their interactions.
Construction has long been one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Although heavily regulated including being subject to strict OSHA rules and regulations, serious accidents and fatalities are not uncommon. The first fatal construction accident in Massachusetts for 2022 occurred in late March when a concrete slab on the roof of Government Center in Boston collapsed during its demolition on a 51-year-old worker.
Single car accidents are not uncommon and happen for a variety of reasons. One such crash occurred recently in Rochester, Massachusetts when a vehicle veered off the road near 116 Marys Pond and 113 Walnut Plain Road just before 11:00 a.m. and struck a tree, causing massive front-end damage.
Since Biblical times, being a good Samaritan is what we encourage ourselves and others to do. Seeing someone in distress and going out of your way to assist them in some way is lauded as the right thing to do. Recently, in the case of a man in Merrimack, Massachusetts who in early April of this year stopped to assist people who had been in a collision on the Everett Turnpike and was struck by a hit-and-run motorist, some might be reluctant to be so helpful when coming upon an accident.
It is no secret that teenagers tend to engage in riskier behavior than older individuals, even those in their early 20s. Driving is one particularly risky activity even for the safest drivers, but for teenagers, car accidents are the leading cause of death for drivers aged 15 to 19. Much of this is due to their own negligent conduct.