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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.

Motorcycle accident causes and risk factors

Most motorcycle riders accept the fact that they are more vulnerable to sustaining injuries than other motorists. After all, motorcycles provide little in the way of padding or safety devices in the event of being involved in a collision. That is why it is up to motorcycle riders to be proactive about understanding not only how accidents happen, but also what they can do to help prevent becoming an injury victim.

According to Rider Groups, there are three primary causes of motorcycle collisions. Vehicle failure and/or malfunction are attributed to causing a small percentage of motorcycle collisions every year. Issues like poor motorcycle maintenance and part defects can contribute to dangerous conditions for motorcycle riders, so they are encouraged to perform all necessary repairs and maintenance on their bikes before taking to the road. There are other factors that play a significant role in accident rates as well.

What to do in the case of a large truck accident

Some people have a fear of sharing with road with large trucks. This may be because the size and weight of large trucks make any accident involving one potentially lethal. If you or your loved ones have sustained injuries in a truck accident, we at Finbury & Sullivan understand that you want the responsible parties to be held accountable.

Fortunately, big rigs are held to very strict inspection standards. This is because manufacturers and employers are aware of the amount of damage they might do to other cars on the road if there is a malfunction or an accident. Many different logs are kept on file, such as maintenance logs and driver logs. These logs can be inspected after your accident and examined for possible clues as to why the collision occurred. It may also help determine which party was responsible for the accident. Different causes can include negligent driving on the part of the truck driver, poor management or maintenance of the vehicle, or even manufacturing errors.

Workers’ compensation survivors’ benefits in Massachusetts

At Finbury and Sullivan, we understand how difficult it is to cope with the loss of a loved one. If a family member dies as the result of a workplace accident, we can help the deceased’s surviving relatives seek workers’ compensation benefits. This may provide these families with the financial relief they need to move on with their lives.

Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development offers an explanation of survivors’ benefits, which are also known as death benefits. As these names imply, this type of compensation is provided to a deceased worker’s family members.

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