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Although every type of Boston car accident leads to some pain, stress, and expense, a hit-and-run accident can leave the victim wondering if they have any hope of receiving the compensation they would otherwise deserve. There are many reasons why someone would flee the scene of the accident, such as being intoxicated, panicking, or having a warrant out for their arrest. But none of these are legitimate excuses. If you were hurt in a hit-and-run crash in Boston, you should speak to a lawyer about your options. Although it may seem hopeless, there are certain steps you can take to receive financial support and to potentially find the person who caused the accident.

Recently, police located a vehicle of interest that may have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident that happened in Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood in January 2021 around 11:30 am. The hit-and-run driver hit a pedestrian who tragically died from her accident-related injuries, according to local reports. Her body was found a mile away from where she was initially struck.

If you are hurt in a hit-and-run, one of the first things you should do is call the police and let them know what happened. Keep track of any information that you think can help you identify the driver of the other vehicle. This includes the make and model of the vehicle, the color, unique identifying marks like bumper stickers, and as much of the license plate as you can remember. The police will begin canvassing for the fleeing driver as well as locating any potential witnesses who may be able to provide additional identifying information. The police can also access local video surveillance footage if any businesses in the area use it.

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Although any type of car accident is a devastating and painful experience for the victims, some crashes lead to catastrophic injuries. This is especially true in situations where the victim is far more vulnerable than the person who caused the crash, such as a truck accident involving a small passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler. Pedestrian accidents also lead to serious injuries because pedestrians are so exposed to the elements. If a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the outcome can be lifelong injuries, disabilities, and even death. At Mass Injury Group, we assist Boston pedestrian accident victims with asserting their right to financial compensation. Contact us as soon as possible to learn more about your rights.

In a devastating recent event, a pedestrian was struck in the area near Chelsea and North Washington Streets in Charlestown, according to local news reports. Around midday, police received a report that a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle and that the body was located near the I-93 on-ramp. Unfortunately, the collision happened at another intersection near the on-ramp. The police stated that the individual who was killed was dragged down the road for a substantial distance. The driver of the vehicle who caused the fatal pedestrian accident fled the scene. The person responsible for a crash who does not take responsibility for that crash can make a situation that is already a nightmare into something far worse.

Fortunately, you can work with a lawyer to attempt to locate the driver who fled the scene. Also, your insurance policy may still provide coverage for your injuries and expenses, even if the other driver is never located. Massachusetts drivers are required to carry an auto insurance policy that provides some uninsured motorist coverage, which can sometimes be used in hit-and-run situations.

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Car accidents can come in many different types and varieties including truck accidents, drunk driving accidents, and distracted driving accidents. A particularly devastating type of collision, however, is a pedestrian accident. This involves situations in which a motor vehicle collides with a pedestrian usually resulting in devastating injuries or even fatalities in some severe situations. If you or a loved one was harmed as the result of a careless driver’s actions while walking as a pedestrian in a crosswalk, sidewalk, or another area, contact our Boston pedestrian accident lawyers as soon as possible to start learning about your potential right to recovery.

In a recent case, the Massachusetts Court of Appeal considered a plaintiff’s appeal from a lower court’s decision to grant summary judgment in favor of defendants in a pedestrian accident where an 11-year-old boy was killed. The decedent was walking from a park when he attempted to cross a street to get to a local fast food restaurant. He was hit and killed by a car driven by a man who was then charged with criminal counts related to the death.

The decedent’s parents brought an action against a group of defendants who had contracted with the city to provide architectural services and to oversee the construction of a new school opposite from the park. The plans featured walkways leading to the street. The defendants retained a company to conduct a traffic analysis for the project. The plaintiffs alleged wrongful death, negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. The lower court granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment finding that the defendants were not liable for the decedent’s death.

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Pedestrians are at serious risk of suffering injuries from distracted and negligent motorists especially in a crowded and busy place like Boston. Although a car accident can be just as stressful and damaging, pedestrian accidents often result in catastrophic injuries simply because of the damage that a vehicle can cause to an unprotected person. At The Law Office of Michael O. Smith, we are ready to help you explore your legal rights following a sudden and avoidable Boston pedestrian injury accident.

Boston and Sommerville have experienced pedestrian accidents recently, with a van reportedly striking two pedestrians at an intersection causing one of the victims to later die from her injuries. The following day, a woman was severely injured after being allegedly struck by a garbage truck on McGrath Highway in Sommerville while using a marked crosswalk. There are countless questions that are being raised in the investigations for both accidents. City officials including Mayor Marty Walsh have already indicated that there will be changes coming to some of the most feared intersections.

This has been a serious problem according to a local news report, which identified that the traffic signal involved in the fatal pedestrian accident on Summer Street was providing pedestrians with the walk sign while also giving drivers on the intersecting street the green light to turn. Although a sign warned drivers that they must yield to pedestrians, businesses and residents argued that this was not enough to provide adequate protection.

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A man from the Texas area  alleges he was struck by a driver of a vehicle after exiting a school bus. The complaint was filed against the bus company alleging negligence as well as the operator of the vehicle that struck him.  He sustained substantial bodily injuries, medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.  He also alleges he sustained an ongoing permanent impairment.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he was exiting the bus and was injured when he was struck by the defendant’s vehicle, who carelessly attempted to pass the stopped bus. He alleges he suffered serious physical injuries that resulted in medical care expenses, pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of earnings and mental anguish.

The plaintiff is also alleging the bus driver and his employer is responsible because the bus driver allegedly failed to activate or properly operate the bus’s stop lights and negligently stopped the bus in an unsafe place to unload passengers.  Then the second defendant also acted negligently and failed to stop for the bus and struck the plaintiff pedestrian causing him substantial injuries, damages, medical treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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