From the time texting became a commonly used method of communication, people have often heard warnings about the dangers of using a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle. Those who continue to do so not only risk the health and safety of themselves, passengers in their vehicle and other people on the road, but in most states, including Massachusetts, they are also breaking the law. Unfortunately, a recent incident resulted in the worst possible outcome when a woman who was allegedly texting while driving struck a family of cyclists, causing fatal personal injury to one of them.
When an individual gets hurt, legal options can depend on a variety of factors. The location and circumstances of the accident, as well as insurance policies in place, are chief among them. For example, when a Massachusetts worker gets a personal injury on the job, there are particular considerations and actions that should be taken from the workplace as well as the injured party. Here are some steps to consider after a workplace accident.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents across the United States, and many states are passing laws to reduce the risk of texting while driving. To prevent personal injury caused by mobile phones behind the wheel, Massachusetts recently passed a hands-free law for all drivers state-wide. State police are currently instituting a "crackdown" to enforce the new law.
Likely, most Massachusetts drivers are aware of the importance of following all the rules of the road when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. Likewise, most drivers would probably agree that, at times, it can be challenging to pay attention to and strictly follow all the rules all the time, as sometimes, distractions can cause a person to overlook a crucial detail. Unfortunately, when this happens, a driver may end up causing personal injury, sometimes fatal, to a person or people nearby.
Most Massachusetts drivers, at one point or another, have passed the site of a car crash or a vehicle on the roadside accompanied by people in distress. Most people when passing this type of scene will empathize with those involved, but for any number of reasons, many individuals will still continue on their way. Others, however, will feel compelled to pull over and lend a hand in such situations. This seems to have been the case recently when a man pulled over to assist a family on an interstate highway in Raynham and suffered fatal personal injury.
Most Massachusetts residents can think of a time when they were standing on a roadside for one reason or another. Sometimes a tire needs to be changed, or a roadside door must be accessed to remove an item from the vehicle, or a person requires assistance of some sort. However, people who are in this position are especially vulnerable to passing traffic. On a recent Monday evening, a Methuen man was on the road directly outside his home when he was hit by a passing car and suffered fatal personal injury.
Getting hurt may affect a person's life in more ways than one. Massachusetts residents who have suffered a personal injury have some recourse and rights when it comes to pursuing compensation for those injuries. Those who may have been injured may be affected in many ways, including pain and suffering and loss of income due to the injury.
No doubt, city planners in any urban area invest a great deal of time and effort in the structure of roadways, traffic lights, etc. However, even so, some intersections, in Massachusetts and elsewhere, present potential danger to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. This seems to be the case at an intersection in South Boston where a young woman was struck at a crosswalk and suffered fatal personal injury.
Many people jog as a regular form of exercise. While getting a good workout, joggers can also enjoy their surroundings, as the sport can happen just about anywhere: on city streets, designated trails or country roads. However, joggers whose routes take them through urban areas need to be extra cautious, as they are usually sharing space with motor vehicles. Unfortunately, a Massachusetts jogger suffered fatal personal injuryin a hit-and-run accident in Sutton.
All drivers have the potential to become involved in an accident at some point while they are out and about in their vehicles, whether through their own fault or someone else. However, while some drivers' immediate reaction would be to stop and render aid or at least to contact emergency services, others may respond by fleeing the scene. Recently, a Massachusetts driver who hit a pedestrian and caused a fatal personal injury provided an example of the latter.