Biking on Cape Cod: BE SAFE & KNOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD According to the Cape Cod Times, roughly 400,000 bikers use the region’s main bike trail, which stretches 22 miles from Dennis to Provincetown by rail trail. Bicycle riders increase exponentially when you add in bikers on shared-use roadways, including Route 6 and […]
Several years ago, I represented a biker in his early 30’s traveling down Main Street in Hyannis on a Busa, past the downtown area heading towards Cape Cod Hospital. Suddenly and without warning, a car pulled out of a parking space and attempted a U-turn in front of the man on the motorcycle. Fortunately, there […]
Each year, many people are killed or injured in motor vehicle accidents in Massachusetts. While the number of fatalities around the country had been decreasing for some time, a report shows that the number of deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents increased in 2015.
Massachusetts residents may have heard about the gun instructor in Arizona who was accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl. The 39-year-old man was helping the girl to fire an Uzi 9MM at the ‘Bullets and Burgers” gun range in August 2014. When the fully-automatic weapon recoiled during target practice, the gun instructor was hit in the head by a stray bullet.
Authorities say that on Aug. 18, a Massachusetts woman driving a Mercedes-Benz in downtown Boston struck three pedestrians, causing them to be pinned under her vehicle. Instead of attempting to help the victims, she fled from the scene.
A 24-year-old woman in Massachusetts was pronounced dead on Aug. 4 after she was involved in a collision with a dump truck. The fatal crash happened in Deerfield while the woman was driving a Toyota pickup truck along Route 116. At around 12:30 p.m., there was a collision between the woman’s pickup truck and a dump truck filled with asphalt.
Business owners in Massachusetts and around the country are expected to take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of customers, vendors and others who enter their establishments. While workers who are injured due to an unsafe condition will generally seek compensation by filing a workers’ compensation claim, visitors who are harmed may file a premises liability lawsuit when this duty of care is not met.
Massachusetts residents may have heard about Tesla’s Autopilot software, the autonomous technology that is supposed to help prevent accidents. Though the Autopilot feature on Tesla vehicles is designed to thwart collisions with other vehicles, there have been multiple news stories about incidents when the technology failed.
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.
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.