Driving is a privilege with responsibilities that include controlling a vehicle at all times and being mindful of the safety of others on the road. For this reason, impaired and inattentive driving are prohibited by law and common sense. Alcohol and other controlled substances should never be used by anyone operating a vehicle because they can affect judgment, focus and reaction time.
Category: Wrongful Death
Many Massachusetts residents know walking is often both a good form of exercise and a great way to travel short distances whether to school, work or shopping. Walking anywhere near traffic, however, can mean a pedestrian accident in a split second with the possibility of death, injury, medical expenses and related financial losses.
Walking in the streets of Barnstable, Massachusetts, is probably not as safe as it used to be years ago. With the increased number of motor vehicles in Barnstable and other urban areas of Massachusetts, the risks of pedestrian accidents have become considerably higher. The situation is even worse on the freeways of state routes where usually the speed at which vehicles travel is much higher than city roads.
Every year, thousands of Massachusetts residents suffer injuries in traffic accidents. Most are lucky to escape with minor cuts and bruises, but some suffer more severe injuries. And a few lose their lives, often leaving behind grieving family members.
Words commonly heard following an accident include “sudden,” “unexpected” and “instantaneous.” Almost no one expects an accident to occur, and, when it does, drivers are often caught completely off guard. The same can be said for the family members who have lost loved ones in car accidents. The news of the fatal car accident comes suddenly and without warning. In an instant, their lives change, and they are forced to deal with a maelstrom of emotion and trauma, made worse by the financial challenges that follow.
The aftermath of a fatal accident can be devastating for the friends and families who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. The death can seem senseless, and people often want to know who was responsible for the accident and whether it could have been prevented. Identifying these factors can help those left behind find a sense of closure and justice after such a tragic event.
New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration of both the past year and the year to come. Unfortunately, this was not the case for one woman who was killed in a tragic bridge accident.
The husband of a 43-year-old woman killed while crossing a street has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver in Massachusetts. His wife was struck by a pickup truck on Feb. 23, 2012. The driver of the pickup was alleged to have been driving “recklessly and negligently” at the time the accident occurred.
The deadly fungal meningitis outbreak that occurred last year resulted in 751 cases of illness or death. It is reported that 64 individuals died as a result of the outbreak.
When Massachusetts drivers take to the roads, a number of risks and dangers are automatically implied. Changing road conditions, vehicle maintenance issues and weather patterns can all contribute to car accidents. However, for many drivers, the dangers brought on by the actions of other drivers are the number one concern when driving on Massachusetts roadways.