Massachusetts Pedestrains Hit By Automobiles

Massachusetts persons hit and injured by cars are covered by auto insurance. Recently, the District Court in the Boston suburb of Newburyport recently decided that a pedestrian does not actually need to be struck by the automobile in order to recover from the auto insurer. “While this case is not yet controlling,” notes Boston accident and pedestrian injury attorney Neil Burns, “it still provides some nice clarity into when pedestrians can recover from auto insurance.”

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Massachusetts Holding Public Safety Student Video Contest

Massachusetts and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security located in Boston, recently announced the third annual “Dance. Don’t Chance.” video contest, and is encouraging all Massachusetts juniors and seniors to participate. In representing children injured in automobile accidents, The Law Office of Neil Burns is encouraged that Massachusetts continues to promote childhood safety. Contestants are asked to write and produce one-minute videos that promote safe driving by discouraging speeding, drag racing, distracted driving (such as texting or iPod use) and underage drinking.

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Massachusetts Speed Limits and Traffic Safety

On highways outside of Boston and Route 128, Massachusetts raised the posted speed limit to 65 miles per hour. This was a result of legislation passed in 1995 whereby Congress allowed Massachusetts and other states to raise the posted speed limit. The Law Office of Neil Burns has represented hundreds of individuals injured as a result of speeding vehicles. Massachusetts raised the posted speed limit to 65 mph first on the Massachusetts Turnpike. President Richard M. Nixon established a 55 mph national speed limit on highways during the oil crisis in the 1970s to reduce the country’s reliance on imported crude oil. He signed the legislation on Jan. 2, 1974. Thus, some 20 years later, states were then able to set their own speed limits.

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Massachusetts Fire Deaths Lowest in Almost 70 Years

The New Year brought good news to Boston and Massachusetts residents. The Massachusetts state fire marshal says 35 people were killed by fire in Massachusetts last year, the lowest number in nearly seven decades. As Massachusetts attorneys, we have represented victims of fire in wrongful death cases and serious burn cases.

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Massachusetts Motorcycles Riders May See Insurance Refund

Safety Insurance Group, Inc., a leading Boston based writer of personal automobile insurance in Massachusetts, recently announced that it has reached an agreement with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office to change the way in which it calculated motorcycle insurance premiums for certain types of coverage dating back to January 1, 2002. Wherefore, our clients and all Massachusetts residents who own and insure their motorcycles in the Commonwealth may be getting a refund.

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Premises Liability Law

Choose a qualified lawyer if you have been injured as the result of the negligence of a landlord, restaurant, parking lot owner and other private business owner. These cases include slip and fall injuries, burn injuries, and many other type of injuries our clients are the victims of.

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Boston Supreme Judicial Court Updates Slip and Fall Law

Slip and fall victims in Massachusetts are the beneficiary of new law. Massachusetts has adopted a new standard regarding premises liability law with regard to grocery stores, for example, and other self-service retailers. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the state’s highest court, sitting in Boston, Massachusetts, decided Sheehan v. Roche Brothers Supermarkets, Inc., which lightens the victim’s burden of proof in slip and fall cases.

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Avoiding Pedestrian Injuries in Massachusetts

In 2008, Boston, Massachusetts was the twenty-first largest city in the United States. We have seen our share of this in our personal injury practice. Because Boston is such a large city, a number of pedestrian accidents happen each year. In fact, more than 5,000 pedestrians die each year in the United States because they are hit by motor vehicles or bicycles.

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Boston Legislators Pass Hands Free Cell Bill for Vehicle Safety

Our blog normally does not comment on pending legislation and the political process, however, the bill passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives in Boston on February 4, 2010, would make it safer for drivers. Period. We would be the seventh state to outlaw the use of cell phones without a hands free device. Thus, drivers would be able to keeps their hands on the wheel and their attention on the road.

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Truckers in Boston Must follow New Law On Massachusetts Highways

Under new Department of Transportation regulations, truckers in Massachusetts may not use any device to text message others while operating commercial vehicles. This new federal regulation has come about (not because of common sense, as you would think) but as a result of numerous fatal accidents. The most notorious offense was when two Washington, D.C Metro workers were struck and killed by a maintenance truck, the driver of which was found to be texting; other collisions occur with distractions as well. Fines can be imposed up to $2,750 for truck drivers caught texting.

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