What to Do After a Car Accident in Massachusetts

If you drive for any appreciable amount of time in Massachusetts or elsewhere, it is almost inevitable that you will be involved in a car accident, whether it was caused by yourself or by the negligent driving of another motorist. And, if you suffered any injuries in the accident, it is important that you follow certain steps so as to preserve your right to claim compensation for your injuries. 

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Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Massachusetts 2023

An insurer has a contractual relationship with its insureds and to claimants that obligates the insurer to act in good faith. Most insurers do adhere to their obligations but there are occasions when your valid claim is unreasonably declined, payments are delayed, there is a failure to conduct an appropriate investigation, or the insurer otherwise acts unfairly. Should your insurer or the defendant party’s insurer act in bad faith in Massachusetts, you may have a claim against it for bad faith.

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Six Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Massachusetts

There is no doubt that riding a motorcycle in Massachusetts carries inherent risks.  Riders are exposed to the elements such as wind, rain and fog as well as poorly maintained roadways that are commonly frequented by intoxicated and inattentive motorists.  Any kind of accident where a rider is thrown from a bike has a high probability of the rider sustaining a serious injury.

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Premises Liability Laws in Massachusetts

Premises liability is an area of tort/personal injury law that obligates property owners to keep their land, business, or property safe and free from hazards that could pose a risk of injury to those lawfully on their property.  Those who have a duty of care toward these persons may include not only the property owner, but a tenant in a leased apartment or home, a government entity, building manager, or a contractor working on the property.  The property may be a house, an apartment, restaurant, bar, mall, sidewalk, farm, sports arena, city park, amusement park, theater, hotel or motel, library, grocery store, retail store, and government building.

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More Than 6 of 10 Pedestrian Accidents are Fatalities in Massachusetts

Everyone is a pedestrian at some point and cities and towns usually try to keep their residents safe from inattentive or reckless motorists while out walking or bicycling.  As a pedestrian, you have little chance of escaping serious injury or a fatal injury when struck by a motor vehicle. Although many municipalities have taken steps to protect pedestrians, the number of pedestrian deaths in Massachusetts and across the nation are on the increase.

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What is a No-Fault State?

If you are in an accident and live in one of the 12 no-fault states, such as Massachusetts, paying for your medical expenses, lost earnings, and being able to bring a claim against the responsible motorist differs from those states that are at-fault or tort liability states.  Being in a no-fault state generally means that you are at least initially responsible for paying your own medical expenses and other economic losses resulting from the accident regardless of who is at fault for the collision.  And, if you wish to bring an injury claim against the responsible driver, you must first meet certain threshold requirements.

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