With another 6-12 inches of snow expected in the Boston area over the next 24 hours, it is a safe bet that many of us are more than ready for warmer weather to arrive. We have discussed many of the potential dangers associated with winter weather in this blog over the past few weeks, including the dangers that can be posed by space heaters and governmental liability for slip and fall accidents. In addition to these risks, winter storms wreak havoc on road conditions and can make maintaining control of a vehicle extremely difficult. As a result, winter storms significantly increase the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Anyone involved in a car accident in which winter weather played a role should be certain to consult with a Framingham car accident attorney as soon as possible.
Semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are commonplace on Massachusetts roadways, and are an essential part of the national economy. As useful as these vehicles can be, they are also capable of causing tremendous damage and significant injury when they are involved in accidents. Semis often weigh 20 or 30 times as much as passenger vehicles, and can be very difficult to maneuver or stop in the event of a sudden emergency. Fortunately, Massachusetts law allows people injured in truck accidents caused by negligence may be able to recover by filing a personal injury claim. The best way to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve is to have your case reviewed by an experienced Framingham truck accident attorney as soon as possible.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous and can result in significant legal consequences. While most of us understand the criminal penalties associated with drunk driving, less frequently discussed is the fact that drunk drivers also face civil liability if they cause injury or damage to property in the event of an accident. People who have been injured by a drunk driver may be able to recover against the driver or their insurance by bringing a personal injury claim. The best way to maximize your chances of recovery as well as the amount of any settlement or award you receive is to retain the services of an experienced Natick personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Millions of children take ride the bus to school each day, usually without incident. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that school buses are the safest way for children to get to and from school. As safe as these vehicles are, thousands of kids are injured in school bus accidents each year, sometimes seriously. This issue hit close to home earlier this week, as three teenage students at Natick’s Brandon School and Residential Treatment Center were injured when their bus collided with a minivan on Monday. According to a report published by the MetroWest Daily News, authorities indicated that their injuries were minor, and that both drivers would likely be cited as a result of the incident.
School bus accidents raise several legal issues that may not be present in a car accident case involving private parties. For one, school buses are often operated by private companies or by a municipality itself, both of which may bring up issues of who could be held liable, as well as if a party could be held liable at all. In the case of a private school bus operator, the legal doctrine of respondeat superior may come into play. Under this doctrine, an employer is liable for the tortious conduct of its employee if it occurs within the normal course of business. What this means is that if a school bus driver negligently caused an accident, the company that hired the bus driver could potentially be held liable for any losses that resulted.
If the school bus is operated by a municipality or the state, sovereign immunity may limit or even bar a lawsuit against the operator. Sovereign immunity means that the government or its units may not be sued unless it has consented to be sued. Fortunately for school bus accident victims, the state of Massachusetts has consented to lawsuits against itself and its subdivisions through the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act, albeit to certain liability limits.
Framingham Man Injured in an Auto Accident
The Metrowest Daily News recently reported that a man, who was not identified, was transported to the hospital after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident that took place the morning of December 17th. The accident, which occurred at the intersection of Hartford and Concord, only involved one vehicle, and the driver sustained severe leg injuries when his black sport utility vehicle collided with a utility pole. The incident also caused significant property damage, as the news reported that the accident cracked the SUV’s windshield, caused the airbags to deploy, knocked off the driver’s side front wheel and back door, and smashed in the driver’s side front door.
Driver not necessarily at fault
Though the cause of the accident has not yet been determined, many people may assume that it was the SUV driver’s fault since only a single vehicle was involved. However, this may not be the case, as there are plenty of other potential causes of single-car accidents that are beyond the driver’s control. In fact, if investigations show the accident was actually caused by another party’s negligent actions, the man may be able to be fully compensated for all of the injuries and property damage he sustained. Similarly, if you are involved in a one car accident, never assume that you will be unable to recover for your losses. Instead, always contact an experienced Framingham car accident attorney to discuss a possible case.
Were road conditions a possible factor?
The city of Framingham has a responsibility to keep the roads well-maintained and safe for drivers, however accidents regularly occur across the United States due to hazardous road conditions. Examples of possible road hazards include:
- Uneven lane surfaces
- Shoulder drop-offs
- Wheel ruts or grooves due to inadequate resurfacing
- Improper drainage, causing pooling water or isolated ice patches
- Failure to properly clear snow or salt roads
Especially with the recent snow fall, failure to properly clear roads of snow or ice may have realistically been a major factor in causing this single-car accident. If it turns out that poor road conditions caused or contributed to the accident, the victim may have a case to recover. Continue reading →
With the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays around the corner, it is a safe bet that many of us will be traveling to other cities or states to visit with family and friends. The United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics indicates that long distance travel (defined by travel longer than 50 miles or more) increases by around 23 percent around these holidays. In addition, the agency reports that 91 percent of holiday travel occurs in personal vehicles such as cars. With so many people on the road, it is a near certainty that some of those travelers will be involved in traffic accidents. Fortunately for victims, when these accidents are caused by someone else’s negligence they may be able to recover for their losses by bringing a personal injury claim. The best way to maximize your chances of recovery is to consult with a Framingham car accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident.