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Is it important to have uninsured motorist coverage?

If you’re injured in an auto accident, one of the worst nightmares you can face is not being able to pay your medical bills. Massachusetts residents who have been in an accident through no fault of their own may assume they’re covered by the other party’s insurance policy. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Just because a minimal amount of auto insurance is required by law doesn’t mean that people abide by this law. And in many cases, the lowest liability coverage may not be enough to cover the medical expenses of someone who was hurt in a car accident.

Fortunately, Massachusetts has the lowest number of uninsured drivers in the country at only 4 percent, the Insurance Information Institute states. Even so, it’s impossible to predict if the driver who causes a car accident is going to be one who’s uninsured. Is there any way to further protect yourself if the person who hurts you is uninsured or underinsured?

Injured employee has right to file for workers’ compensation

There are many jobs that come with a high risk of being injured, including the construction and maintenance industries. Depending on what an employee is tasked with, he or she can be injured at work from falls, burns, debris, chemicals, contagions or even seemingly harmless office equipment. Employers in Massachusetts have a duty to keep their work sites safe and to ensure those working for them are educated on safety procedures. Despite such measures, workplace accidents still occur frequently throughout the U.S.

Recently, a Comcast employee who was working on cable wiring in Somerville received serious head injuries from a fall. According to authorities, the man fell two stories off of a ladder and hit his head on a retaining wall, requiring hospitalization. Serious head injuries typically take a long time to recover from, and in some cases may cause permanent disability. During his recovery, the man and his family would be entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim to help with their expenses while he is out of work.

Determining fault in a slip-and-fall accident

Slips and falls are not an uncommon occurrence; according to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls are the top cause of accidental injury in the U.S., accounting for more injuries than car accidents. Over two million people are injured every year from slipping or tripping on a ground-level surface.

But just how much of the responsibility should rest on the shoulders of the property owner? In some cases, the fault could just as easily point to a careless customer. In this post, we’ll discuss the factors that can help an attorney decide if an injured client may have a case for compensation.

What should you do after a hit-and-run accident?

Dealing with the aftermath of a hit-and-run can be traumatic and confusing, especially if you have been seriously injured. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are becoming increasingly common across the U.S. According to USA Today, fatal hit-and-run accidents, particularly those involving pedestrians, have risen by nearly 14 percent in the past few years. Meanwhile, overall traffic fatalities have been decreasing in comparison.

The following are some important steps you should take if you’re involved in a hit-and-run accident:

Risk of child pedestrian accidents increases as school starts

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are the leading cause of death for very young children and those ages 11 to 14, with 4,743 children killed in car accidents in 2012; 22 percent of these cases were pedestrian fatalities. The most common times of the day for child pedestrian accidents are mid-afternoon and morning, respectively, which coincides with the times children are walking to or from school.

Drivers should be aware of the most common scenarios children are likely to be hit by a car:

Truck drivers' hours frequently not conducive to public safety

Every day on roadways across Massachusetts and the rest of the U.S., commercial truck drivers work long hours to transport their loads. While they perform a necessary service to businesses and consumers who need their goods, a truck driver’s average work week can contribute toward a growing safety menace for millions of people sharing the road. Truck accident statistics provided by Insurance News Net state that for every year over the past decade, an average of 100,000 people were injured and more than 4,000 people killed on U.S roadways by large trucks. Since 2009, these accident rates have increased significantly, which may be due in part to federal trucking regulations that govern how many hours a truck driver is allowed to drive each week.

Truck drivers are required to take 34 hours off after working 60 to 70 hours in a week; however, after this break, they are allowed to resume driving, resulting in an average maximum work week of 82 hours for many drivers. Because this can allow a truck company to hire fewer drivers, and many drivers are paid by the mile, there are several financial incentives for truckers to work long hours and, therefore, become dangerously drowsy. This point was highlighted in the recent well-publicized trucking accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan.

Woman sues restaurant after falling on its slippery floor

Those businesses operating in Essex that expect customers to visit their locations are themselves expected to provide a safe environment for those customers. While it’s understood that things such as a split glass of water at a restaurant or clothing items falling to the floor at retail store will happen during the course of a day, it’s expected that those things will be immediately attended to so as to guarantee the safety of the patrons. If and when such issues go unaddressed and later cause an accident that results in an injury, employees and business owners alike may be subject to accusations of negligence.

Such is the claim being made by an Illinois woman who was involved in a slip and fall accident at a local restaurant. She claims that the store failed to clean up a spill, creating a wet floor on which she later slipped an injured herself. She has since filed a lawsuit claiming that by failing to promptly address the spill, the restaurant and its employees failed to provide a safe environment for her and other restaurant patrons.

Man seriously injures leg in motorcycle accident in Chicopee

Local motorcyclists are probably already well aware that for all of the exhilaration that comes with riding one’s bike in and around Essex, the constant sense of caution that one must maintain while on the road can be quite taxing. Yet such diligence is necessary due to the lack of protection that such bikes provide in the event of an accident.

Accident prevention, however, is not a responsibility that rests solely on motorcyclists. Motorists are also expected to be mindful of motorcyclists on the road around them. Unfortunately, the protection that their vehicles are designed to provide for them may cause drivers to momentarily drop their guard while behind the wheel. Sadly, a momentary lack of focus by a distracted driver can result in life-altering (or, in some cases, life-ending) consequences for a motorcyclist.

Tree branch causes roller coaster to derail, injuring 4

When you visit an amusement park in Massachusetts, you probably expect to have a day of carefree fun and excitement with your friends and family. You likely don’t give your safety a second thought as it is the responsibility of park owners to ensure that their ride equipment is checked regularly to ensure that it is safe.

For a group of visitors to a Six Flags amusement park in Southern California, their day of fun turned into a nightmare when a roller coaster car derailed and hung suspended around 40 feet off of the ground. The accident happened just before 6 p.m. when a car ran into a tree branch that was on the track, causing the car to derail. Several other cars had to be shut down, stranding riders for hours while crews worked to rescue those in the derailed car.

Driver fleeing from accident causes another deadly accident

It is the law in Essex County, Massachusetts for drivers who are involved in an accident to stop and check on the wellbeing of the other motorists involved. If there are injuries, authorities should be notified and medical personnel called in to attend to those who are hurt. Although it is against the law to flee the scene of an accident, there are drivers who think they can get away with it. Sometimes they may be able to, but many times they end up causing more trouble as they are fleeing.

This is the case for a 53-year-old driver who is believed to have crashed into the back of a car that was stopped at a red light. Although he stopped and got out of his car after the accident, he got back in and drove away after he got into an argument with the other driver and she called 911.

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