Personal Injury

What Is Governmental Immunity?

Published in Civil Law, Personal Injury on November 29, 2019

Governmental immunity, also called sovereign immunity, is a rule that traditionally protected the government from liability for its actions or those of its employees, even when those actions caused personal injuries. The original governmental immunity rule held that the government would not be liable for its actions or decisions, even if they were negligent and…

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Massachusetts Scooter Laws

Published in Civil Law, Personal Injury, Safety on November 18, 2019

E-scooters, or electric scooters, have become more popular since the advent of rentable dockless models. Thousands of Lime, Bird and Spin e-scooters landed in Boston, Massachusetts for rent starting at just $1 for riders. As people began to experiment with riding e-scooters, however, issues quickly arose. From angry business owners to serious personal injuries, e-scooters…

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Boston Halloween Safety

Published in Child Injury, Personal Injury, Safety on October 30, 2019

Every year, thousands of people in Boston get in the Halloween spirit on October 31st by wearing costumes, taking kids trick-or-treating, hosting parties and attending one of the city’s many themed events. One of the busiest places on Halloween night, however, is the hospital. Traffic accidents, trip and falls, and pedestrian collisions are just some…

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Massachusetts Crosswalk Laws

Published in Pedestrian Safety, Personal Injury, Safety on October 16, 2019

Massachusetts’ crosswalk laws are something every roadway user should learn before getting on the road. Misinformation and lack of crosswalk education are what contribute to hundreds of pedestrian and bicyclist collisions each year. As of October 2019, over 1,200 pedestrian accidents have occurred in Massachusetts this year alone. Pedestrian collisions can cause catastrophic injuries such…

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Massachusetts Leash Law

Published in Personal Injury, Safety on October 1, 2019

Dog attacks cause hundreds of significant injuries in the U.S. each year. Aggressive and loose dogs can cause puncture wounds, lacerations, broken bones and other serious injuries. To help prevent dog bites, Massachusetts has a strict leash law pet owners must follow. Several municipalities within the state have also passed citywide leash laws and pet…

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Massachusetts ATV Laws

Published in Civil Law, Personal Injury, Safety on September 30, 2019

Thousands of people use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in the state of Massachusetts. ATVs are popular recreational vehicles at tracks and state forests, as well as for work-related uses on farms and plantations. Like all vehicle types, ATVs are subject to state laws. ATV owners and operators must obey certain rules and restrictions to stay on…

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Massachusetts Seat Belt Law

Published in car accidents, Civil Law, Personal Injury, Safety on September 23, 2019

A seat belt is a critical safety device that saves thousands of drivers’ and passengers’ lives each year. Seat belts keep passenger vehicle occupants securely in their seats and in the correct positions during car accidents. Without a seat belt, the forces of the collision could send the occupant flying into other people or objects…

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Massachusetts Texting Law

Published in car accidents, Civil Law, Personal Injury, Safety on September 9, 2019

Distracted driving is a deadly driver mistake. Driving while distracted makes it impossible for a driver to safely control his or her vehicle. It slows reflexes and reaction times, increasing the risk of causing a collision. Distracted driving leads to thousands of car accidents in the U.S. each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…

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Massachusetts Moped Laws

Published in Civil Law, Personal Injury, Safety on August 30, 2019

Mopeds are good on gas, fun to ride and easier to park in busy downtown areas than traditional vehicles. Investing in a moped could save you money and improve your daily commute. You could end up in legal trouble, however, if you accidentally or intentionally breach any of Massachusetts’ moped laws. Refreshing your knowledge of…

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Massachusetts Helmet Laws

Published in Bike Safety, Personal Injury, Safety on August 20, 2019

Nineteen states, including Massachusetts, impose universal laws requiring helmet use by some or all parties that operate vehicles other than cars and trucks. Helmet laws are meant to increase roadway safety by protecting vulnerable road users from catastrophic head injuries. Breaking Massachusetts’ helmet law could result in a traffic infraction, as well as a potential…

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