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Motorcycle collision results in multiple fatalities

When people talk about motorcycle safety, they often emphasize the fact that it is up to motorcycle riders to drive defensively and anticipate the actions of other motorists. Unfortunately, however, there is only so much that any motorcyclist can do to prevent being involved in a serious accident. Every year, Massachusetts motorcycle riders and passengers are seriously injured and killed in collisions that are not their fault.

Two motorcycles were recently struck by a vehicle in Brookline, Massachusetts. The 41-year-old driver of the vehicle reportedly hit the motorcycles after he crossed the centerline of the road, entering their lane of traffic. Alcohol and/or drugs were not believed to be a factor in the collision, but law enforcement investigators were still attempting to determine why the collision occurred. One possibility was that the driver of the car was attempting to pass a vehicle when he crossed lanes.

Settlement lien considerations

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an automobile accident, you may consider pursuing personal-injury claims against the liable party in the incident. After all, accident victims often incur substantial financial losses and other damages as a result of their injuries. The attorneys at Finbury & Sullivan, P.C., appreciate how important it is for accident victims and their families to receive the compensation that they deserve. However, we are also committed to educating our clients about the claims process, and how personal injury awards can be affected by liens in some cases.

In the event that you pursue personal injury claims for injuries that you sustained in an automobile accident, you may reach a settlement with the defendant in the case or be awarded damages through litigation. In either case, your financial compensation could be subject to liens under several circumstances. For instance, your health insurance provider could seek reimbursement for the amount of money the company spent on your medical expenses.

Restaurant slip-and-fall accident risks and prevention methods

Despite the fact that a restaurant can serve as a relaxing and satisfying destination, this type of business can pose serious risks to employees and visitors alike. Every year, millions of people are injured in restaurants due to slip-and-fall accidents. Some incidents are relatively minor and go unreported; others, however, have serious and even fatal consequences. Fortunately, there are practical measures that restaurant personnel and property owners can take to promote safety and prevent painful slip-and-fall injuries.

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip-and-fall accidents are especially prevalent in the food service industry. In fact, it is estimated that slip-and-fall injuries are on the rise within the industry. Approximately 1 million restaurant guests slip and fall every year and 2 million more food service employees sustain slip-and-fall injuries. It is also estimated that fewer older food-service workers slip and fall than younger employees, but that their injury claims are more expensive. Considering the factors that contribute to slip-and-fall incidents within the food service industry, evidence suggests that wet and otherwise unsafe floors are the primary cause of injuries.

Chain reaction crash results in serious injuries

In a rear-end automobile collision, accident fault typically falls on the driver of the vehicle behind the car that was hit. Determining liability can be much more difficult in cases involving multiple vehicles, however. One car may be struck from behind by another, thus forcing it to collide with the vehicle in front, and so on. It is for that reason that it is often necessary for Massachusetts law enforcement agencies to investigate chain reaction collisions in order to determine who, if anyone is at fault.

A recent multivehicle collision that occurred on the I-93 was being investigated by Massachusetts State Police, as a string of rear-end collisions resulted in two people sustaining serious injuries. The incident occurred late in the morning on a Friday and involved four vehicles, including a van, car, pickup truck and tractor trailer unit.

Effectively achieving motorcycle accident compensation

After you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle collision with a motor vehicle, you may be overwhelmed by everything that comes next. Of course, your first priority should be to ensure that you and/or your family member receive necessary and vital medical treatment. Guaranteeing that any and all liable parties in your case are held accountable for causing your injuries is an important step as well. Unfortunately, achieving the full amount of recognition and compensation that you as a motorcycle accident victim deserve is not always as easy as it should be. That is why the attorneys at Finbury & Sullivan, P.C., always strive to advocate on behalf of clients and accident victims in Massachusetts.

There are several steps to staging a comprehensive and effective personal injury case, and the process is often more complex in instances involving motorcycle accidents. For one thing, motor vehicle drivers and other parties are typically unwilling to accept responsibility in such cases. Therefore, it is often necessary to conduct a full accident investigation in order to determine why and how your collision occurred. Negligence on the part of a road construction crew could have resulted in gravel or other debris being left on the road, which contributed to your injury accident, for instance. In other cases, everything from driver fatigue to inappropriate cell phone use could have been a primary factor.

How do I file a workers’ compensation claim?

Experiencing a work-related injury or illness can be incredibly painful and stressful, as you are not only forced to contend with serious medical concerns but also deal with things like financial expenses and workers’ comp claims. Submitting your workers’ compensation claim correctly the first time can go a long way to help your request be processed correctly and efficiently. Provided below are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when submitting your initial injury claim.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development discusses the workers’ compensation application process, and explains that it is necessary for all applicants to be as thorough in their answers as possible. The Department of Industrial Accidents processes injury claims, and relies on the information you provide to expedite their services. Consequently, it is advised that you answer the questions on the Employee Claim - Form 110 to the best of your ability before submitting it to the DIA.

Football player suspected in a hit-and-run collision

It is against the law in the state of Massachusetts to leave the scene of an accident without first contacting authorities. Remaining at an accident site can make the difference between life and death for accident victims, as quick emergency response times are crucial in treating many different kinds of serious injuries. Beyond that, it is important for people who are involved in any kind of collision to relay the sequence of events that they experienced to authorities.

Serious questions are now being raised over the potential involvement of a professional football player in a recent collision, after his vehicle was discovered near the accident. The rear-end collision in question was reported by a driver who claimed to have been rear-ended by a vehicle that fled the scene of the accident. The driver and two other people were inside the vehicle at the time of the collision, including a 12-year-old boy, and they reportedly heard what sounded like an explosion upon impact. Even though specifics were not provided, minor injuries were sustained in the accident.

Motorcycle accident injury and safety statistics

Despite the fact that there are considerably fewer motorcycle riders than motor vehicle drivers in the state of Massachusetts, motorcycle accident injury and fatality rates are significantly higher. Even minor collisions can have catastrophic consequences for motorcyclists, as they are exposed to a huge number of physical and environmental factors. Similarly, motorcyclists are often not afforded many of the same roadway courtesies as other drivers. Accident injury statistics and primary prevention techniques shed light on many of the hazards that motorcycle riders are confronted by every day, and can help to prevent fatal incidents from occurring in the future.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, motorcycle fatality rates have fluctuated in recent years. After decreasing slightly in 2009, motorcycle deaths increased for three straight years before decreasing again in 2013. That year, it was estimated that 4,381 motorcycle riders lost their lives in collisions. Over half of those collisions involved multiple vehicles, and almost 35 percent of fatally injured motorcycle riders were at least 50 years old. It was also found that serious head injuries were sustained by a considerable number of fatalities victims.

Effectively achieving compensation for truck accident injuries

Even though it may be fairly obvious that you did not cause your collision with a commercial truck, you could still face a number of difficulties receiving the compensation that you deserve for your injuries and damages. Neither the company that owns the truck in question nor your own automobile insurance provider may be willing to cover the full amount of your medical expenses and other losses, and the process of negotiating an appropriate settlement amount can be quite involved. We here at the law offices of Finbury & Sullivan, P.C., are well acquainted with the legal complexities of proving fault and achieving damages in truck accident injury cases, and are committed to advocate on behalf of our clients.

As an accident victim, one of the most challenging aspects of pursuing compensation for your injuries and damages can actually be dealing with your own insurance provider. Insurance companies generally prefer to settle injury claims early, and typically attempt to achieve payout amounts that fall well below covering the full amount of damages to accident victims. Therefore, it can be incredibly helpful to have the experience and guidance of professional legal counsel when it comes to communicating with your insurance company and determining an appropriate estimate for your injury claim.

How are criminal activity and premises liability related?

When something like theft or vandalism occurs in Essex, Massachusetts, authorities work hard to determine who committed the crime. There are instances, however, where liability for criminal activity can fall not only on perpetrating parties but also on property owners and/or managers. If you or a loved one were the victim of a crime, it is important to understand when and how premises liability may apply to your case.

The National Institute of Justice discusses the complex relationship between criminal law and premises liability tort, and explains that the two are becoming increasingly interconnected. Victims of crime in several high-profile cases have successfully held property owners and managers liable for their injuries and losses, setting precedents for other cases. While common law guidelines traditionally functioned on the assumption that one person cannot be held liable for the wrongdoing of a third party, civil tort law has evolved to recognize property owners’ obligation to ensure that their premises for reasonably safe for guests.

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