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When it comes to pedestrian accidents, crashes involving motor vehicles can be the deadliest. If an unprotected pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, they may sustain catastrophic injuries or be killed, even if the accident happens at low speed. According to a new study released earlier this year, however, some types of vehicles pose more dangers to pedestrians than others. At Mass Injury Group, our knowledgeable team of Boston pedestrian accident lawyers is standing by to assist you with your claim and to collect the compensation that you deserve.

Even though sport utility vehicles, also called SUVs, have undergone several safety-related changes, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concludes that they pose the most dangers to pedestrians. The study indicates that the number of people who die as a result of a motor vehicle accident has declined from over 50,000 in 1980 to roughly 36,600 in 2018 due to safety advancements. When it comes to the number of pedestrian fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents, however, the number of deaths has climbed over the last 10 years.

Part of the explanation for this is that the number of SUVs on the road has grown dramatically, comprising roughly 70% of the market and totaling 6 million sales during the first half of 2019. This is in comparison to 2.5 million sales of cars. The rise in SUVs on the road is important when it comes to pedestrian safety. The study examined the threat that SUVs pose to pedestrians compared to regular passenger vehicles. It concluded that SUVs cause more dangerous injuries than passenger cars when accidents happen at a speed of more than 19 miles per hour. When the crashes happen at speeds of 20-39 miles per hour, three out of ten crashes involving SUVs result in pedestrian fatalities, compared to five out of 22 crashes for cars. At speeds exceeding 40 miles per hour, pedestrians die at almost a 100% rate, according to the study.

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If you were injured in a car accident in Massachusetts, you may be thinking about bringing a claim to recover compensation for your injuries and damages. Understanding the rules that apply to your claim and what it takes to obtain the maximum amount of recovery you deserve is important. At Mass Injury Group, our seasoned team of Boston car accident lawyers are prepared to guide you through the legal process.

In a recent case heard by the Massachusetts Court of Appeal, the parties were involved in a traffic accident. The plaintiff filed a claim alleging that the defendant was negligent in driving her vehicle. A jury concluded that while the defendant was negligent, the defendant’s negligence was not a substantial contributing cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. Under Massachusetts law, it is not enough to show that a defendant failed to use reasonable care and skill at the time of an accident, you must also show that the defendant’s failure was the direct and foreseeable cause of your harm. The plaintiff filed a motion for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict, which asks the court to change the jury’s verdict, or a motion for a new trial in the alternative. The lower court denied the motion and the plaintiff appealed.

On review, the appellate court first noted that the standard for reviewing a lower court’s denial of a motion for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict, the appellate court must consider whether there is any evidence in the record or any combination of circumstances from which a reasonable inference could be drawn in support of the jury’s verdict. In reviewing the record, the appellate court noted that the plaintiff was pulling out of a gas station at the time of the crash and that her vehicle was moving very slowly. The photographs also indicated that her vehicle had sustained minor damage. The plaintiff also claimed that she suffered four separate categories of injuries as a result of the accident.

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One of the most frustrating aspects of a car accident injury lawsuit is determining the amount of compensation that you are entitled to receive for your damages. As the victim who has dealt with the ongoing stress, disruption, and pain of the accident, you have a clear sense of what you are owed. But the defendant, jury, or court may come to a different conclusion. In this situation, it may be necessary to file a motion contesting the amount of damages that the court has entered in your case. The seasoned and knowledgeable Boston car accident lawyers at Mass Injury Group are available to help you fight for the fair and appropriate outcome that you deserve.

The Massachusetts Court of Appeal considered an appeal where the plaintiff challenged a lower court’s entry of a remittitur, which is an order that reduces the amount of damages that the jury awarded to the plaintiff. In the case, the plaintiff was injured when a truck driven by an employee of a company rear-ended the vehicle. Her brother-in-law came to the scene of the accident and took the plaintiff to the hospital for medical treatment. She was out of work for 2.5 weeks but later returned to the same medical facility experiencing headaches and chest pains. Over the next several months, she received treatment from a variety of physicians regarding her accident-related injuries. The plaintiff was involved in another rear-end crash two years later.

The plaintiff eventually filed a claim against the employer of the man driving the truck that caused the first accident alleging negligence and unfair claim settlement practice. The defendants conceded liability and a trial regarding damages was held. The jury concluded that the plaintiff was entitled to $600,000 in damages. The defendant moved for a new trial or a remittitur. A remittitur is a ruling in which the judge reduces the amount of damages that a jury has awarded if the judge finds that it was excessive and not supported by the evidence. The plaintiff refused to accept the judge’s remittitur of $70,000, so a new trial on damages was held. This time, the jury returned a verdict of $110,000 for the plaintiff. The judge then concluded that the defendant did not engage in unfair claim settlement practices.

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Car accidents are always a painful and shocking situation for the parties involved. When someone loses their life as the result of a careless or reckless driver, however, it can be difficult for the surviving loved ones to move on. At Mass Injury Group, our committed team of Massachusetts car accident lawyers has handled numerous types of car accident cases including accidents that involve fatalities. Although there is no amount of compensation that can truly repair the loss that you and your family has sustained, it can make a significant difference when it comes to dealing with the financial impact of the loss.

Recently, an 87-year-old woman lost her life in an accident that happened on Route 3 in Pembroke near Exit 12, according to a local news report. The accident happened around 9:30 am, according to law enforcement who responded to the scene of the crash. The authorities located the decedent who had sustained severe injuries in a crash involving another vehicle. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died due to her injuries. The other vehicle involved in the crash contained three people including the driver. All passengers were taken to a hospital, but did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. So far, authorities have not released any information about the cause of the accident. The initial accident caused a chain reaction that caused many other minor accidents to take place, resulting in significant traffic delays.

If you lost a loved one as the result of a car accident, you can bring a wrongful death action to recover compensation for your losses and damages. Under Massachusetts law, the estate of the decedent can bring a wrongful death claim to recover compensation. The estate will bring any claims that the decedent would have had standing to bring had he or she not lost his or her life. This means that if the decedent would have been able to sue the other driver for negligence, then the estate can bring a negligence action against the at-fault driver.

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Single car accidents can be incredibly stressful, especially if some factor caused you to crash like improper road signage, inclement weather, or another driver who failed to stop after you crashed. At Mass Injury Group, our Boston car accident lawyers proudly provide legal assistance to victims of single-car accidents. This involves investigating your claim to determine the cause of the accident and to help you receive the compensation you deserve. This includes working with insurance companies to secure coverage benefits.

Recently, one individual was hospitalized after being involved in a crash, according to a local news report. The vehicle in which the victim was riding ignited after impact and was severely charred, according to officials who reported to the scene of the crash. Debris from the vehicle was scattered all over the roadway and a telephone pole was knocked over. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

When it comes to single-car accidents, there are many different factors that could cause a driver to end up in a collision. In some cases, driver inattention or distraction could cause the driver to lose focus and to fail to see upcoming aspects of the roadway like sudden traffic or a sharp turn. But in other situations, a factor outside of the driver’s control could be to blame. This may involve the local municipality’s or transportation authority’s failure to post proper signage about speed limits or sharp turns. A failure to post signs requiring flow of traffic to stop or yield can also lead to single-car crashes. In this scenario, you may be able to bring a claim against the governing authority to recover damages. This could involve bringing a claim pursuant to the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act.

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During the summer months, teens are out of school and maybe engaged in employment, sports camps, or other activities. If a teen has his or her driver’s license, he or she may be responsible for getting to and from these activities throughout the season. Although many teenagers appreciate the responsibility and seriousness of getting behind the wheel, some approach it with a reckless or careless attitude. It is important for parents to talk to their teens about good driving habits, including the difference between the safe operation of a vehicle and dangerous distractions. At Mass Injury Group, our dedicated team of Boston car accident lawyers is available to assist you if you have been injured in a car accident involving a teen driver.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has concluded that between 2008 and 2018, teen drivers killed over seven people per day during the summer months. The report is called the 2020 100 Deadliest Days, and it outlines the most threatening situations for drivers on the roadway. Overall, the report urges parents and teens to take extra precautions between Memorial Day and Labor Day to try to cut down on the number of accidents involving teens.

This year, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to many teens being unable to find a job, camps being canceled, and a lot more free time on teens’ hands. This free time may mean that teens are spending more time driving to pass the time. The 2020 100 Deadliest Days report includes a Parent Coaching Guide to help parents identify the most productive ways to educate their teens about safe driving. It encourages parents to have their teens sign a safe driving agreement, too.

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Car accidents take many different shapes and forms. Some are relatively minor and lead to nothing more than property damage, but others can be catastrophic and end up taking the lives of the passengers or drivers involved in the crash. In the event that you lose a loved one to another driver’s carelessness, you can recover compensation for the expenses associated with the loss as well as compensation for the loss of your loved one’s care, companionship, comfort, and support. At Mass Injury Group, our team of Boston car accident lawyers knows that no amount of money can truly make you whole again, but it can help you cope with the financial stress of the loss.

According to a recent news report, two individuals lost their lives in a tragic motor vehicle accident while two others were seriously injured. The accident took place in Fall River. The driver of the first vehicle was a 74-year-old woman. Her passenger was a 29-year-old woman. According to reports, the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a building in Fall River.  The backseat passengers, which included an 18-month-old child, suffered serious injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital.

Although it can be difficult to contemplate bringing a personal injury action for the loss of a loved one immediately after the crash, having a seasoned attorney representing you through the process can alleviate some of the confusion and stress. For many individuals, bringing a wrongful death claim is their first experience with Massachusetts’ civil justice system. In a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff will need to show that the decedent probably would not have died but for the defendant’s lack of appropriate care and skill.

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Head-on collisions are incredibly dangerous especially when they happen at high speed. A head-on collision can happen in a number of ways including a vehicle that enters a roadway in the wrong direction. If you were injured in a car accident that resulted in a head-on collision, you may be entitled to compensation. At Mass Injury Group, our compassionate and diligent team of Boston car accident lawyers are available to help you identify your legal rights.

Recently, two individuals tragically lost their lives as the result of a head-on collision on I-495 in Westborough, according to a local news report. Law enforcement officials who responded to the scene reported that a wrong-way driver was reported in the area shortly before 9 p.m. on the day of the accident. The wrong-way vehicle was a passenger vehicle driven by a 43-year-old woman. It eventually crashed into a vehicle being driven by a 27-year-old man resulting in a head-on collision. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His passenger, an 83-year-old woman, was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for her critical injuries. The authorities are unclear on how the vehicle ended up traveling the wrong way on the highway.

If you were injured in a head-on collision, you can bring a civil claim to recover compensation for your injuries. In the lawsuit, you will need to show that the other driver failed to use reasonable care and skill while operating his or her motor vehicle. There are a few common causes of head-on collisions. Distracted driving can prevent drivers from paying attention to traffic signs such as “do not enter” signage. Drunk driving can also make it impossible for a driver to make appropriate observations about the road conditions and signage. Drugged driving is similar to drunk driving and includes illegal as well as prescription drugs that impair the user’s awareness and response time.

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When most people think of motor vehicle accidents, they imagine crashes involving multiple vehicles such as passenger cars, pickup trucks, or SUVs. But there are many instances where a single-vehicle accident can lead to painful injuries and permanent disabilities for the people involved. A single-vehicle accident presents unique challenges, particularly if there is not a good eyewitness account of what happened and whether the driver of the vehicle is at fault for a passenger’s injuries. At Mass Injury Group, our seasoned team of Massachusetts car accident lawyers is prepared to help you evaluate your potential claim and pursue any compensation that you may deserve.

Last month, news outlets reported a single-vehicle crash in Wellesley, Massachusetts, involving a pickup truck. According to the police report prepared after the accident, the pickup truck was traveling at a high rate of speed on Route 9 when the vehicle veered off the roadway and collided with a stone wall. One of the occupants of the vehicle was thrown from the vehicle and died from his injuries at the scene. The pickup truck continued to travel down Worcester street until it struck another wall. The two remaining occupants of the vehicle were removed and taken to a nearby hospital where one later died from his injuries. No other information was available regarding the cause of the crash, such as whether the driver was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

If you are a passenger in a single-vehicle accident, you may be able to bring a claim against the driver of the vehicle for your injuries and damages. There are many reasons that single-vehicle accidents happen, and some of those reasons are attributable to driver negligence or recklessness. If a person is intoxicated, he or she should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle, for example. If a driver is taking prescription medication that prohibits driving due to side effects like drowsiness, then the driver’s decision to get behind the wheel can also be viewed as negligent. If you are successful in showing that the defendant acted negligently and that you were injured as a direct result, you can recover compensation for damages associated with the crash like past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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If you suffered injuries in a car accident, chances are you are wondering whether you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. An accident involving two drivers can be complicated, especially if there are questions about who is at fault and how much compensation the injury victim is owed. But when an accident involves multiple drivers and parties, the complexities increase. The compassionate and experienced Boston car accident attorneys at Mass Injury Group are available to assist injury victims with ensuring that they receive the outcome that they deserve during a civil trial and while working with insurance companies.

Recently, multiple drivers and passengers were injured when a crash involving roughly 30 vehicles happened on Interstate 95 near Bangor, Maine, during the early morning commute. Fortunately, no one lost their life as a result of the accident, but many individuals involved in the accident were treated for their injuries while a number were transported to a nearby hospital via helicopter. According to reports prepared regarding the crash, many motorists reported being blinded by the early morning sun resulting in a chain reaction pileup as approaching vehicles were unable to avoid colliding with cars stopped in front of them.

This is not the first instance that a massive pileup has happened on Interstate 95, which also runs through Massachusetts. In a densely populated state like Massachusetts, morning rush hour traffic can be incredibly thick and lead to an increase in chances of an injury accident taking place. When drivers are heading to work in the morning, many are running late, engaged in distracted driving activities like eating or talking on the phone, or simply not paying attention to the rapid changes in traffic during rush hour.

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