Archives for January 2016

Who is Liable in a Truck Accident?

If you are the driver of a car that was involved in an accident with a truck you may wonder who is liable for the truck accident? Is it the driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of the materials being shipped? Let’s evaluate further. Liability First, the main focus of liability is on negligence. So, if the driver of the car is to indicate that the truck is liable they must show negligence. Did the defendant fail to exercise reasonable care to avoid injury? Was that failure of reasonable care the cause of the injury? Both of these items must be proven to indicate the truck was liable for the accident. An example that proves negligence is: The driver of the truck failed to follow regulations about how many hours he could drive without resting. He drove more hours than allowed and fell asleep at the wheel. While he was asleep at the wheel he crashed into the car. Continue Reading

Rear End Collisions

The rear impact collision is the least fatal type of auto accident, accounting for six deaths per one million registered cars. However, these types of collisions are the most common type of auto accident, with approximately 2.5 million rear impact collisions occurring each year. The rear bumper system is an important safety feature; however, over the last two decades automakers have developed and installed increasingly less reliable rear bumpers. While a quality rear bumper is capable of compressing upon impact and absorbing the force of a low speed collision, lower quality bumpers tend to be less absorbent, sending the brunt of the impact to the occupants. Furthermore, rear bumpers are designed to handle only a five-mile per hour rear collision when many rear impact collisions occur at much greater speeds. Many of today’s bumpers are designed more to protect the car rather than the occupants. Continue Reading

PIP coverage in Massachusetts

PIP coverage in Massachusetts is a protection that falls under your car insurance policy. “PIP” stands for “personal injury protection.” Massachusetts requires that your insurance company include this coverage in your auto policy. While fault in an accident may affect some claims, it does not affect a Person Injury Protection claim. This policy will pay regardless of which driver is found to be at fault. Let’s take a look at some quick facts about PIP. What will PIP pay for? Medical expenses Loss wages Loss of services Funeral expenses (All of these have certain limits up to which an insurance company will pay.) Continue Reading

Frontal Impact Collision

Frontal impact crashes account for more deaths than any other type of automobile accident. A frontal impact crash can be extremely violent, especially when the collision is squarely head-on. One advantage that frontal impact victims have over other types of impact victims (side or rear) is the ability to brace and prepare for the impending collision. The very nature of the frontal impact allows the victim to see the oncoming vehicle or other object. There are several subcategories of frontal impact accidents including; collisions into a stationary object (pole, wall, etc.), collisions with oncoming vehicles (“head-on”), collisions with the rear of a vehicle moving in your same direction, and collisions into the side of a vehicle moving perpendicular to your vehicle. Injuries typically sustained in frontal impact collisions can range from minor to fatal and can involve all parts of the body. Certain factors play key roles in determining the extent of your injuries in a frontal impact collision, such as the physical characteristics of the object or vehicles involved (large vs. small vehicle, stationary or moving, low or high speed), the safety features of your vehicle (air bags, seat belts / restraints), and the ability of your vehicle to Continue Reading

Working With Insurance Companies After Your Auto Accident

Getting in a car accident is extremely stressful. Unfortunately, dealing with the insurance company can be even more stressful. It is incredibly difficult to know what you should and should not do when dealing with the insurance companies after an accident. You are required to report the accident to your insurance company as soon as you’re able and you should provide the insurance company with appropriate information to open your case.  You will include the names of all parties involved in the crash, including driver’s license numbers and insurance policy numbers. If you’ve suffered a serious injury in the accident it is best to consult with an experienced Massachusetts auto accident attorney at this point. Continue Reading

Side Impact Collision

Side impact crashes are responsible for 8,500 deaths each year; only head on collisions are more deadly. A side impact collision occurs when the front of the oncoming vehicle strikes the side of your vehicle. The severity of a side impact collision depends on several factors, including the speed and weight of the oncoming vehicle, and where that oncoming vehicle collides with yours. For instance, the occupants of your vehicle are much more likely to sustain serious injuries if the oncoming vehicle strikes your vehicle squarely in the middle (at the doors) rather than in the front or rear quarter (by your front or rear tires). Most side impact collisions occur at intersections as the result of a failure to yield at a stop sign or red light. The increasing production of vehicles installed with side impact airbags (airbags located in the doors) has helped to reduce the severity of side impact injuries (assuming that the side impact airbags work properly). If you have been injured in an automobile accident, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must Continue Reading

Understanding How Liability is Determined in Massachusetts Auto Accidents

Several factors are considered when determining liability in auto accidents, not all of which are readily obvious. Massachusetts vehicle laws often tip the scales on who should assume responsibility for causing an accident and for payments involving property and bodily injuries. Motor vehicle statutory laws, however, do not always conform to the public’s perception of the common law aspect of liability. Common law recognizes four levels of fault: negligence, recklessness or wanton conduct, intentional misconduct and strict liability. Determining who is at fault is essential when determining liability for insurance payouts.  In some cases, the burden of proof is clear cut, such as when a driver runs a top sign or causes an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When factors combine to result in an accident, assignment of liability is less clear. Sometimes multiple parties are at fault, which can occur in multiple vehicle accidents. When this occurs, determining who is at fault can result in different levels, with each driver only responsible for damages deemed appropriate for his or her role in the mishap. Continue Reading

Rollover Auto Accidents

Rollovers account for 51% of all deaths in standard sport utility vehicles, 36% of deaths in pickup trucks, and 19% of deaths in standard cars. The rollover is an extremely severe automobile accident and an increasingly common one with the growing popularity of sport utility vehicles (SUVs). In 2002, the number of people killed in rollover accidents involving SUVs rose 14 percent. The high center of gravity and relatively narrow wheelbase of SUVs increase their susceptibility to rollover. Most rollover accidents involve only one vehicle and are typically caused by catastrophic equipment failure (such as a tire blowout – see our special category called Automobiles & Other Motor Vehicles found in the Defective & Dangerous Products section), excessive speed (especially in a curve), or poor road conditions (soft shoulders). The severity of injuries is often directly related to the number of rolls sustained and the use of active restraints (seatbelts). Without sufficient restraints occupants in a vehicle rollover are very likely to be ejected. We will evaluate your case free of charge. In addition, you will not pay any fees or costs unless we recover money for you. Please fill out the form below or call for an immediate response Continue Reading

Monthly Archives January 2016

Who is Liable in a Truck Accident?

If you are the driver of a car that was involved in an accident with a truck you may wonder who is liable for the truck accident? Is it the driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of the materials being shipped? Let’s evaluate further. Liability First, the main focus of liability is on negligence. So, if the driver of the car is to indicate that the truck is liable they must show negligence. Did the defendant fail to exercise reasonable care to avoid injury? Was that failure of reasonable care the cause of the injury? Both of these items must
Read More

Rear End Collisions

The rear impact collision is the least fatal type of auto accident, accounting for six deaths per one million registered cars. However, these types of collisions are the most common type of auto accident, with approximately 2.5 million rear impact collisions occurring each year. The rear bumper system is an important safety feature; however, over the last two decades automakers have developed and installed increasingly less reliable rear bumpers. While a quality rear bumper is capable of compressing upon impact and absorbing the force of a low speed collision, lower quality bumpers tend to be less absorbent, sending the brunt
Read More

PIP coverage in Massachusetts

PIP coverage in Massachusetts is a protection that falls under your car insurance policy. “PIP” stands for “personal injury protection.” Massachusetts requires that your insurance company include this coverage in your auto policy. While fault in an accident may affect some claims, it does not affect a Person Injury Protection claim. This policy will pay regardless of which driver is found to be at fault. Let’s take a look at some quick facts about PIP. What will PIP pay for? Medical expenses Loss wages Loss of services Funeral expenses (All of these have certain limits up to which an insurance
Read More

Frontal Impact Collision

Frontal impact crashes account for more deaths than any other type of automobile accident. A frontal impact crash can be extremely violent, especially when the collision is squarely head-on. One advantage that frontal impact victims have over other types of impact victims (side or rear) is the ability to brace and prepare for the impending collision. The very nature of the frontal impact allows the victim to see the oncoming vehicle or other object. There are several subcategories of frontal impact accidents including; collisions into a stationary object (pole, wall, etc.), collisions with oncoming vehicles (“head-on”), collisions with the rear
Read More

Working With Insurance Companies After Your Auto Accident

Getting in a car accident is extremely stressful. Unfortunately, dealing with the insurance company can be even more stressful. It is incredibly difficult to know what you should and should not do when dealing with the insurance companies after an accident. You are required to report the accident to your insurance company as soon as you’re able and you should provide the insurance company with appropriate information to open your case.  You will include the names of all parties involved in the crash, including driver’s license numbers and insurance policy numbers. If you’ve suffered a serious injury in the accident
Read More

Side Impact Collision

Side impact crashes are responsible for 8,500 deaths each year; only head on collisions are more deadly. A side impact collision occurs when the front of the oncoming vehicle strikes the side of your vehicle. The severity of a side impact collision depends on several factors, including the speed and weight of the oncoming vehicle, and where that oncoming vehicle collides with yours. For instance, the occupants of your vehicle are much more likely to sustain serious injuries if the oncoming vehicle strikes your vehicle squarely in the middle (at the doors) rather than in the front or rear quarter
Read More

Understanding How Liability is Determined in Massachusetts Auto Accidents

Several factors are considered when determining liability in auto accidents, not all of which are readily obvious. Massachusetts vehicle laws often tip the scales on who should assume responsibility for causing an accident and for payments involving property and bodily injuries. Motor vehicle statutory laws, however, do not always conform to the public’s perception of the common law aspect of liability. Common law recognizes four levels of fault: negligence, recklessness or wanton conduct, intentional misconduct and strict liability. Determining who is at fault is essential when determining liability for insurance payouts.  In some cases, the burden of proof is clear
Read More

Rollover Auto Accidents

Rollovers account for 51% of all deaths in standard sport utility vehicles, 36% of deaths in pickup trucks, and 19% of deaths in standard cars. The rollover is an extremely severe automobile accident and an increasingly common one with the growing popularity of sport utility vehicles (SUVs). In 2002, the number of people killed in rollover accidents involving SUVs rose 14 percent. The high center of gravity and relatively narrow wheelbase of SUVs increase their susceptibility to rollover. Most rollover accidents involve only one vehicle and are typically caused by catastrophic equipment failure (such as a tire blowout – see
Read More

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