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For Massachusetts car accident lawyers, Massachusetts’ Consumer Protection Act, M.G.L. c. 93A, is a powerful legal tool that allows the Attorney General and consumers to take action against unfair or deceptive conduct in the marketplace.
There’s nothing quite like a traffic ticket to ruin your day…and your driving record, your bank account balance, and your insurance premium rates.
If you have been involved as a passenger in a car accident, there are legal remedies to receive financial compensation for the injuries you incurred. You may file a claim under the insurance coverage of the driver of the car that you were in, use the coverage of the driver of any other vehicle involved in the accident or use your own coverage.
Picture this: your cruising down South Beach’s Ocean Drive, top down, music blaring, and hair whipping around in the ocean breeze, when out of nowhere you hear a blaring siren and see those telltale blue and red lights in your rearview mirror.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently recommended that all states require ignition interlock devices for first time drunk driving offenders.
According to the view of the Federal Supreme Court, the clients of one of the market-leading money and transportation companies are apparently not entitled to claim indemnity.
As the number of motorcycles on St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois roads increases, so does the potential for deadly encounters between motorcycles and cars. Many different types of careless or negligent behavior on the part of other motorists can lead to injury or death for the motorcyclist.
Have you been in a motorcycle accident that you feel was not your fault yet the offenders insurance company is saying it is?
Yesterday, Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 957 into law, a bill that would allow approximately 250,000 undocumented immigrants to get temporary driver's licenses (TVDL's).
Senior citizen drivers may be at higher risk of an auto accident than middle-aged or younger drivers. Certain factors may increase risk of a crash with a senior. Contact a Clarksburg attorney if injured by a senior driver in West Virginia.
Car crashes that result in the total loss of a vehicle will receive a fair market value in Raleigh. To determine what your car is worth, consult the Kelley blue book.
One of Senator Marco Rubio’s four children, 12-year-old Amanda Rubio, was recently injured in a traffic accident in Miami, according to news reports. At the time, Senator Rubio was campaigning with Governor Rubio in Kissimmee, but immediately left to join his family at Miami Children’s Hospital where the child was airlifted following the accident.
Approximately 5000 people die in semi truck accidents each year in the United States. Most of those victims were in passenger cars and pickup trucks which were struck by a big rig. This article discusses the three major causes of semi truck accidents.
Auto related accidents involving serious to fatal injuries happen every day in and around Los Angeles. The most common cause of auto accidents, no matter where they occur, is operator error. Whether they’re overcompensating for road conditions or simply not paying attention to the road, vehicle operators improperly operating their vehicles is among the biggest causes of auto related accidents.
The average weight of a passenger vehicle is 3,000 pounds and is simply no match for such large trucks. The statistics support this. Over 86% of those killed in large truck accidents are passengers in smaller vehicles.
Medical malpractice lawsuits often involve difficult questions of proof, i.e. proving a doctor’s error or mistake caused injury. To compound matter, there are circumstances where the medical malpractice is not immediately known.
Being involved in any type of accident can be jarring and frightening, especially when the other motorist speeds away and you are left alone with your injuries. If you are ever the victim of a hit and run accident, there are steps you can take to make handling a claim easier and more beneficial. You can get compensation for your injuries, even if you don't know who hit you.
A recent study by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers found that the number one concern for most American drivers is the presence of erratic or careless drivers.
We get calls all the time from motorcyclists who want to know if they have a case? Sometimes the rider almost didn't pursue what turned out to be a great case and on others the case or potential for a case is not what the rider thinks it is. Do you have a case?
For many people, appearance as well as performance has always been the first criteria for buying a new car. But do you know that the safety of the car is also extremely important? Just as this is a very important factor in buying a new car, it is also very important when buying a used car as well.
The CPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency whose mission is to keep American consumers safe. The agency issues standards for products and safety recalls for products demonstrated to create risks to users and consumers.
According to some legal experts, the New York wrongful death law has not changed much since 1847, when it was first enacted, and reflects 19th-century values.
What can you do if your Pennsylvania driver’s license is suspended?
This article provides insight into the problem of uninsured motorists in Alabama; the article also discusses the new insurance verification process adopted by the state in its attempt to reduce the number of uninsured motorists on Alabama's roadways.
Interstate 79 and Interstate 80 Multi-Car Accidents and Pile-Up
Interstate 79 and Interstate 80 Multi-Car Accidents and Pile-Up
As 2012 draws to a close, it’s natural to wonder what 2013 will bring to New York City traffic safety.
On March 8th, 2012 Pennsylvania will join 35 other states with a statewide traffic law banning texting while driving. Under Senate Bill 314, text messaging while behind the wheel will be subject to primary enforcement, which allows law officers to stop and cite offenders for that reason alone and will carry fines of $50. The new traffic law does NOT ban talking on handheld phones while driving.
In its recent press statement posted last December 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a new data analysis on the occurrences of highway traffic deaths and injuries in the country.
Road accidents happen at any given time of the day. Contrary to popular belief, traffic accidents are more likely to happen during night time.
Being charged with a DUI in South Florida has very serious repercussions. It is important to find a DUI defense attorney that will do everything in their power to ensure that a DUI conviction does not haunt you for the rest of your life. The best DUI defense attorneys in South Florida are often able to get a DUI charge expunged, leaving you with a license and a clean record to police and employers.
Speaking with a personal injury attorney in Denver is crucial if a train accident leads to injuries. A lawyer may help determine if negligence was the cause of the incident, which may lead to compensation.
Seatbelts are a great help in ensuring that one is safe from accidents. This restraint system has been offered in various vehicles since the 1950s.
Let's face it - auto injury claims are annoying and time-consuming. But, if you've been in an accident with a truck, the claim is even MORE complicated. So, make sure you understand the difference and how to present evidence to ensure a successful claim on your behalf.
Two witnesses at different locations observed his van going at about sixty miles per hour as it approached Estelle Avenue.
Got into a car accident? If you were driving a motor vehicle in Victoria when the accident occurred, you could be charged with “Duty of Driver, etc. of Motor Vehicle if Accident Occurs”. Find out the possible legal consequences and the best way to deal with this charge.
City of Addison, Texas Traffic Ticket Lawyer
When can you be found guilty of careless driving? If you’re in Victoria, this article can help you prepare to face the Court on carelessly driving charges. Learn the legal aspects surrounding the offence of Careless Driving.
If you are filing bankruptcy and have a personal injury claim, you need to know what this means for your case.
Federal agencies are investigating allegations that the largest Honda dealer in the country intentionally and knowingly sold unsafe motorcycles, dirt bikes, and all terrain vehicles to the public.
Kentucky transportation officials have found that teenagers are much more likely to be involved in a car accident while they are driving with another teenager.
This article discusses a new law in Alabama allowing parties to hire a private judge to preside over certain cases, including non-jury personal injury claims. In addition to providing details of the new law, this article also identifies the benefits that a personal injury claimant may reap from utilizing the new private judge system.
If you’ve been in a wreck, you may need a personal injury lawyer in Clarksburg to help with your car accident claim. If the at-fault driver is found guilty of DUI, your case can be impacted in a big way. Consider these West Virginia statistics for drunk driving accidents.
A truck accident lawyer in Peachtree City can analyze on-board truck recording devices in order to collect evidence for your personal injury claim. A lawyer may be helpful when collecting evidence for a claim.
Accident attorneys in Colorado help motorcyclists’ family members file wrongful death claims when a tragic motorcycle accident occurs. Fatal motorcycle accidents may be the result of various causes.
A study of Kyleigh's Law’s effectiveness at curbing teen driver crashes by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) recently revealed surprising results: the decals are working.
A brief article regarding the dangers of head-on-collisions and how to deal with injuries sustained afterwards.
An overview into the impact that distracted drivers have in the State of Michigan and various ways that it can avoided.
Eight important things that you should know when you're pursuing an injury claim.
Teenage drivers are always at risk of getting involved in a car accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2009 alone, at least 3,000 teenagers were killed and about 350,000 were injured as a result of traffic mishaps.
If you have received a traffic ticket in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, or Miami Dade County, do not pay it. If you pay the ticket you will get points that will stay on your record for a long time. Your insurance rates will go up. Your driving privilege will be put in jeopardy. So don’t pay your traffic ticket. Want to avoid getting points for a traffic ticket in Fort Lauderdale?
Perhaps the biggest change to motorist in North Carolina was the recent addition to the law commonly known as the “Move Over” law, requiring drivers to move over and slow down to the lane furthest from emergency vehicles. As of October 1, 2012, that law has dramatically expanded.
A recent pre-dawn fiery crash that sent three women to the hospital, one with serious injuries, is a stark reminder of the dangers of wrong-way crashes. While wrong-way crashes constitute a small percentage of Florida’s total car accidents, this type of collision often results in serious injuries to all parties involved, as your Boca Raton car accident lawyer can attest.
At some point in their lives, drivers and passengers alike would encounter irresponsible drivers. With them present on the road, they transform the roads into obstacle courses that other motorists try to avoid. Like monsters in horror tales, they endanger lives and property with their reckless behavior behind the wheel.
After a car accident, a lot of people are worried about their car - but shouldn't they be more worried about their health? Yes! And this doesn't mean worried about medical bills. Not getting timely and thorough medical treatment after an accident is the #1 mistake accident victims make for their personal injury cases.
While traffic accidents are not what people dream of getting into, unfortunately they still occur. Because accidents happen to drivers of all ages and experience levels, it is important for all motor vehicle operators to know what to do in case they are involved in an accident. Below are some steps a driver should take if they are involved in a motor vehicle accident.
By VB Attorneys
Over the last five years, hundreds of people have been killed in auto accidents caused by angry motorists in Texas. According to a study by the Department Of Transportation, more than 900 motor vehicle accidents over the past five years were linked to enraged drivers. Those accidents ranged from minor fender benders that did not result in major damage, to fatal accidents.
David Glatthorn discusses the repercussions of the new Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage laws and what they will mean for Florida drivers and the professionals who treat their injuries. A group of chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists have filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida regarding the new Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage laws that were passed by state lawmakers this spring.
Uninsured Motorist Benefits are coverage for bodily injury or damages after you were hit by another driver who either had no insurance or who left the scene and who remains unknown. Uninsured Motorist coverage is an important thing to have on your car insurance. It protects you and your family against other drivers at fault who either: (1) have no insurance or (2) flee the scene and remain unknown.
Follow these seven tips from a Miami traffic attorney if you are ever pulled over for a traffic stop. 1) Pull over at a safe location: If a police officer indicates for you to pull over, put on your turn signal to drive to the nearest, safe location and pull over. If possible, pull over as far to the right as you can, so that when the officer approaches your driver’s side window he will not have to worry about being hit by cars in the right lane.
Product liability comes into play when a person is injured or killed as a result of a defect in a product, they have a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Such claims differ in various states. This articles explains the process of filing such a claim in Alabama. You've heard of product liability cases, but what does that actually mean?
If you've been in a car accident an injury attorney in Clarksburg can assist in gathering evidence. In a multi-car crash, you’ll need it so that fault is assigned fairly. If you’ve been in a multi-car crash and need to file a claim, an injury attorney in Clarksburg can discuss with you the importance of evidence. Determining who is at fault for a car accident involving two vehicles can be tough.
Automobiles and other related means of transportation have significantly changed the way of land travel. Before, people relied on trains to get from point A to point B. With certain innovations such as roadways, motoring has experienced drastic changes. Over the 19th and 20th centuries, automobiles have become an integral part of life, as modernity slowly crept its way through society over these time periods.
Texas not only requires seat belt use, it requires drivers to ensure their children passengers are adequately protected. There is no doubt that seatbelts prevent injuries and save lives. Overall, seat belt use in the United States has increased each year over the past several years. Studies have shown that seatbelts are the most important safety feature we have to prevent serious injury car accidents.
This article identifies a major concern in jury trials regarding Alabama auto accident claims. Under Alabama law, a defendant's auto liability insurance is inadmissible at trial. Ironically, a defendant may introduce evidence that a plaintiff had health insurance that offset his or her medical expenses. This article explains the practical ramifications that plaintiffs face when a defendant's insurance coverage is shielded from the jury.
A recent study shows that in Florida, an estimated 83 traffic fatalities and 3,345 non-fatal traffic injuries were attributed to driving after underage drinking. One way the state is trying to combat the devastating traffic, health, and social problems associated with underage drinking is through its zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking.
The scope of the distracted driving dilemma is only recently becoming clear. Truthfully, the biggest change in the last few years has been the “smart phone” which has Internet access and allows checking e-mail, surfing the web and sending text messages at will.
Learn about the differences between a DUI and a BUI in the State of Florida from a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer. - The Operator - Unlike a motor vehicle, a boat can be operated without a driver. When it comes to DUI (driving under the influence), it’s easy to tell who is driving or operating the motor vehicle—the person behind the wheel. However, when it comes to BUI (boating under the influence), it can be a little more difficult to determine who is operating the boat.
A large number of construction workers are killed every year while they are working construction in high traffic areas or fixing roads. Exponentially more workers are injured while doing the same work. These risks can be mitigated through awareness efforts by both employers and especially motorists.
A new report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is stating that fatalities due to traffic accidents have been increasing during the first part of 2012. This increase is possibly the largest increase in traffic fatalities on record since reports were first kept track of in 1975. Federal transportation agencies must begin asking themselves whether the past few years of declines in traffic fatalities are a thing of the past.
Compensation for personal injury in Jamaica is based on awards being made for special and general damages. In the case of general damages, the amount of compensation is based on local precedents, which are lower than those in high cost countries. Thus, a foreigner who lives in a high cost jurisdiction will get less monetary damages. Special damages are awarded as proved. In sum, foreigners from high cost jurisdictions are at a disadvantage in the amount general damages that they may receive.
While the general motor vehicle laws apply in car accidents, there are additional Missouri statutes that may apply if the accident involves a cyclist or bicycle. The following is a list of the Missouri state statutes relevant to cyclists. 300.347. Riding bicycle on sidewalks, limitations – motorized bicycles prohibited.
As a Missouri expert in bicycle law, here are the top five misconceptions about the law as it relates to cyclists. How many did you get right?
Here is a checklist to follow if you are hit while riding your bicycle and are still able to function: 1. Get out of the road to avoid being hit a second time; however, if possible, take pictures (or have someone else take pictures) before the bike or car are moved.
Missouri's pro-alcohol reputation, supported by a strong alcohol industry lobby, continues to grow based on a recent decision by the Board of Alderman in Wentzville, Missouri. Despite efforts to tighten DUI/DWI laws, Missouri municipalities are having a tough time finding support.
We will have a new Supreme Court Justice in the State of Missouri come this December. The Honorable Richard B. Teitelman, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri and chairman of the Appellate Judicial Commission, announced that the commission selected its panel of nominees to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Missouri.
New York Police Department seldom investigates motor vehicle accidents. The New York City Police Department has become the object of criticism for its failure to investigate traffic accidents. Injured victims are unlikely to obtain answers from law enforcement, whether the accident involved motor vehicles, pedestrians or bicycles. The state of New York recently reported that city police investigated just 2 percent of all nonfatal traffic accidents.
A recent Mayor's Management Report revealed a 23 percent increase in New York City traffic fatalities. The September 2012 Mayor's Management Report revealed a 23 percent increase in New York City traffic fatalities. That number - which includes deaths involving automobiles, bicycles and walkers - is particularly discouraging because it halts a trend of improved safety beginning in 2007.
Unfortunately, at some point in our lives, we will probably be involved in a car accident. Even if you do not get injured in the accident there are certain things you should do and not do. Consult with a Car Accident Lawyer if you are unsure of how to proceed.
Although the statute of limitations in West Virginia allows you two years to file a claim, call a lawyer right away because trucking records – a potential main source of accident evidence – may be destroyed by the trucking company after a certain period of time. Waiting too long may result in the loss of evidence, which could impact your claim.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries - When a pedestrian is struck, he or she may suffer various injuries, which can be serious. Even when a vehicle is simply pulling out of a driveway or parking lot, the impact of hitting a walker can be significant. Of course, the potential to sustain severe, disabling or life-threatening injuries is increased if the vehicle is traveling at a higher rate of speed.
Bicycle and motorcycle accidents can be caused by factors beyond your control. If your bicycle or motorcycle accident-related injury was caused by a road or equipment defect, a Rhode Island motorcycle lawyer or Rhode Island bike lawyer will take different measures to help you seek compensation for your injuries.
After the horrific train accident of 2008 in Chatsworth, CA, Congress passed an act that would require all passenger trains to be outfitted with the Positive Train Control system (PTC) by 2015. The city of Los Angeles on the other hand has taken further initiative to make that requirement come true much earlier.
There’s been quite a few auto recalls recently in the news. From defective GM fuel pumps to potentially fire-hazardous power steering cords – you name it. Just recently Honda recalled 600,000 vehicles for a faulty power steering hose that has the potential of causing a fire with its leaking steering hose. To add to the list, Honda is recalling 820,000 Civic sedans to expand an earlier recall this year for a faulty headlight wiring system.
Every time a driver gets behind the wheel they are at risk for experiencing an accident. A car accident can affect people’s lives in several different ways. First of all, traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of deaths and injuries throughout the United States.
The Department of Transportation has announced plans to start testings vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure technologies in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The vehicle to vehicle technology will be tested in hopes that the cars internal computers will communicate with each other to reduce risks of accidents and traffic.
New federal standards have been put in place to require automobiles to come equipped with data collection devices. As of right now there is no standard that requires cars to collect data. The event data recorders are typically compared to the black box recorders that are installed on airplanes, and are used in the same fashion.
In a Personal Injury claim in Pennsylvania, there are categories of damages under the law. If you have suffered injuries in a personal injury case, there are certain damages that you are permitted to seek. First, the law provides for compensation for past pain and suffering. That is, from the time of the incident up to present. Evidence of that pain and suffering includes medical treatment, photographs, witness testimony.
In Oregon, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident - and it's not just illegal to leave an injured person. It is also immoral because your time and assistance after a car accident could help save someone's life if they are hurt. Read more about how ORS 811.705 defines the duties of the driver, and what to do if you have been the victim of a hit and run.
Drivers Killed After Leaving their Disabled Cars - In the past year and a half, there have been at least 11 incidents of drivers or Good Samaritans hit and killed on South Florida roadways. Victims include 2 people who stopped to help a driver and all three were hit by a car and killed. Another incident involved 4 people who were outside their car after an accident on the interstate and were struck and killed by a drunk driver who fled the scene.
Every Los Angeles motorcyclist should know how the tort law gives them protection from unnecessary expenses in case they get involved in an accident. Under the said law, motorcycle accident victims may be entitled to damages in case they get involved in an accident that was caused by another party. Definition of Torts: In order for riders to fully appreciate and understand the tort law, it is essential to define “torts.”
This article discusses a critical distinction between the amount of damages and the existence of damages under Alabama law. The artcile explains how this distinction can be used to a plaintiff's advantage in a motion for summary judgment in an Alabama personal injury case. Specifically, the distinction may allow an injured individual to obtain a judgment as a matter of law that he or she is entitled to damages, leaving only the amount of damages to a jury.
Why You Should Advise Your Michigan Drivers License Attorney of Any Addictive Prescription Medications
If you are meeting with Michigan drivers license appeal lawyers to select one to help reinstate your drivers license, make sure to disclose any medications you are currently taking. Failing to advise your Michigan drivers license appeal lawyer of the medications you are taking can be fatal to your case. This is especially important if you are taking addictive prescription medication
The insurance company has to pay you the actual cash value of your car or truck if it was totaled in a car accident in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Insurance Law provides that you are to be reimbursed for property damage if your car was totaled. The law says the insurance company owes you for the "actual cash value" of the vehicle. This means that the actual market value of your car or truck is what they owe you.
Los Angeles car accidents are not all caused by drivers’ negligence as there are times wherein the car manufacturers are at fault. There are many causes of traffic crashes in Los Angeles and they include defective car parts. Under the tort law, a person who gets injured as a result of using defective product may be entitled to personal injury damages.
In a boost to focus safety programs to teen drivers, this new commission will pull together Georgia teens to help state officials. Governor Nathan Deal recently announced the creation of the Governor’s Commission on Teen Driving. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) will spearhead the commission, choosing 15-20 teen drivers selected from applications.
A Placentia woman has succumbed to injuries sustained in a massive six-car pileup car accident on Interstate 15 in Yermo on Friday, September, 1, 2012 according to the Desert Dispatch. Grace Imai, 74, was traveling northbound on I-15 Friday with her husband when they were rear-ended by another vehicle. The ensuing collision led to a multi-car pileup in which six vehicles were eventually involved.
Subpoenas are useful tools in personal injury cases because they are a way of compelling documents, information or witnesses. A subpoena is a document issued through the Court that compels a "third-party" (that is, a person or company that is not one of the parties to a lawsuit) to either: appear and testify or give documents. Since third-parties are not part of the lawsuit, the subpoena is the way the Court has authority to require them to cooperate.
California is undeniably a hotspot for auto accidents. According to available statistics for 2006, out of the total 46,642 fatal car accidents in the country, more than 4,200 happened in California – making it the deadliest among U.S. states in terms of traffic accidents. Meanwhile, there are various causes of fatal car crashes in the Golden State, and knowing them can help citizens save their own and their loved ones’ lives.
The busy roads of this city often witness car accidents, motorcycle accidents or other automobile accidents that lead to the situation of seeking help from the Automobile Accident Attorneys in Los Angeles or from the law firms. Severe and catastrophic injuries often appear after the serious accidents and when it is a place like Los Angeles, which contains a huge population and a number of vehicles on road, than it is not surprising to hear about the accident news, almost every day.