In states like Massachusetts, someone who owns a vehicle might not have to directly cause an accident to face penalties for the outcome. One rule known as the Family Car Doctrine, for instance, holds parents legally liable for any damage caused by minors who drive their vehicles. This rule can be applied regardless of whether the at-fault driver was insured by the family. In other cases, car owners may face penalties for accidents that occur after they permit individuals who are known to be dangerous drivers to operate their vehicles.
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Massachusetts travelers should be aware of laws regarding hotel liability for injuries. Slip and fall injuries are common in hotels, but liability is not always clear. Hotels are responsible for reasonably foreseeable injuries that occur on their properties and that are caused by negligence on their part. Premises liability holds that all property owners are responsible for maintaining safe premises.
When the weather in Massachusetts warms up during the summer months, a lot more people decide to go swimming. Every year, a number of people drown in swimming pools that are located at private residences, parks and commercial properties such as hotels. The owner of a property with a pool owes a duty of care to their visitors and may be held liable for a drowning that occurs in their pool.
When a Massachusetts resident becomes injured in a slip and fall accident, they may already want to blame the proprietor. However, it can be difficult to determine who is liable for slip and fall accidents especially if the accident takes place on private property.
Massachusetts residents may be interested to learn that for a period of 13 years, the rate of fatalities from car crashes steadily decreased in the U.S. However, when compared to 19 other developed countries, the U.S. still had a significantly higher rate of fatalities from motor vehicle accidents and a lower average reduction over the same period of time.
Massachusetts residents may be aware of the recent fatal drunk driving accident that involved a former NASA astronaut. The 59-year-old former pilot and shuttle commander was charged with reckless murder after he killed two children in a car accident in Alabama on June 6. The victims’ custodial parent has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man in federal court.
As hot and humid weather approaches, many Massachusetts residents may be looking forward to cooling off in their swimming pools. While swimming can be an enjoyable sport, those who own a swimming pool can be held liable if someone is injured on their property. With a few safety tips, however, swimming pool owners can ensure that everyone stays safe on their property.
Massachusetts shoppers who slip and fall on a wet floor may have a legal claim against the owner. These types of accidents result in thousands of civil lawsuits around the country each year. Shopping injuries are surprisingly common and often result from a failure to properly secure the shopping area of a store. From wet floors to items left out in the open for customers to trip over, stores are required to maintain an environment that is reasonably free of hazards.