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Summer Road Trip Driving Tips

Are you getting ready to embark on a summer road trip? It doesn’t matter if you are traveling alone or with friends and/or family, safety always comes first. As much fun as you are sure to have, you never want to overlook the steps you can take to increase your overall level of safety.

These three driving tips can greatly increase your chance of reaching your destination without incident:

  1. Never drive distracted. As tempted as you may be to send a text message, grab a bite to eat, or converse with passengers, avoid any activity that will take your attention away from the road.
  2. Pay attention to other drivers. Even though you may be doing everything possible to remain safe, other drivers don’t always follow the same course of action. Pay attention to these people and keep your distance from anybody who is driving in a dangerous manner.
  3. Carry an emergency roadside kit. You never know when you will get a flat. You never know when your engine may overheat. Unexpected events happen on road trips, so make sure you are prepared for anything that comes your way.

Don’t avoid a summer road trip because of safety concerns. Instead, follow these tips and enjoy yourself!


Recent Motor Vehicle Accidents in the Boston Area

Motor vehicle accidents are common in and around the Boston area. While most accidents are fender benders, causing nothing more than damage to the vehicles involved, others are much more serious. These types of accidents can cause serious injury and even death.

Here are several motor vehicle accident stories from the past few weeks:

  1. I-93 Crash Nearly Sends Car Off Highway Overpass
  2. DA: Worker, 28, killed in accident at Malden car wash
  3. 3 hurt when police vehicle, car collide in Dorchester

Although the circumstances of every accident are unique, nothing changes the fact that any incident can lead to injury or death. In some cases, the victim or their family decides to file a lawsuit in an attempt to collect compensation for injuries and other damages.


Common Types of Pedestrian Accidents

There are many types of pedestrian accidents, with each one having the chance to cause serious injury or death.

Some of the most common include:

  • A pedestrian is struck by a vehicle that is turning at an intersection.
  • A pedestrian is struck by a vehicle that is moving in reverse.
  • A pedestrian is struck while crossing the street in a crosswalk.
  • A pedestrian is struck while walking, jogging, or running on the sidewalk or shoulder of the road.
  • A pedestrian is struck in a parking lot.

As you can see, there are many types of pedestrian accidents. Of course, there is one common theme with each one: a person is struck by a vehicle.

Due to the fact that the pedestrian is unprotected, this type of accident can cause serious harm.

If you or a loved one has been injured in such an accident, don’t hesitate to contact us once you have received the appropriate medical attention. We can review your case and help you better understand your legal rights.


You Should Feel Comfortable with your Personal Injury Attorney

Nobody wants to be injured in an accident, but if you find yourself in this situation it is imperative to get as much professional help as possible. This starts with your medical treatment, and may eventually end up with the assistance of a personal injury attorney.

It is imperative that you are comfortable with your legal team, as these are the people who can help you receive compensation for your injuries and other damages. These are the people who will be on your side, answering your questions, every step of the way.

To ensure that you choose the right attorney for your case, answer questions such as:

  • How much experience does the law firm have with cases like mine?
  • What type of information is required of me in order to move forward?
  • Are you comfortable communicating with the person on a regular basis?
  • Do you have confidence that your case will be in good hands if you move forward?

When you have an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney on your side, it is easy to look at the future and realize that you are in good hands.


Workplace Discrimination: Yes, It Happens

Some people are so happy with their job that they don’t understand why others feel differently.

While many people simply don’t enjoy their job, others feel this way because they have been discriminated against.

As noted by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there are many types of workplace discrimination:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Equal pay
  • Genetic information
  • Harassment
  • National origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race/color
  • Religion
  • Retaliation
  • Sex
  • Sexual harassment

If you have been discriminated against, don’t waste time reporting the act to your supervisor or human resource department. From there, it is within your rights to consult with a workplace discrimination attorney. Your legal team may be able to help you receive compensation for:

  • Back pay
  • Emotional distress
  • Future lost earnings
  • Attorney fees and costs
  • Punitive damages

There is no place for workplace discrimination. If you have become a victim, it is time to fight back.


How to Report Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Have you been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace in the past? Does this behavior continue? Rather than continue to deal with this, hoping the problem goes away, it would be in your best interest to speak up.

Here are three tips to follow as you report sexual harassment in the workplace:

  1. Don’t delay. You should report the behavior as soon as possible, as any delay has the potential to make the situation worse.
  2. Meet face to face with the person you are reporting the behavior to. This could be anybody from a supervisor to a human resources director. It doesn’t matter who you are discussing the situation with, it is best to do so in person. Leave the telephone and email for other, less important conversations.
  3. Get an idea of what is going to happen next. It is one thing to report sexual harassment. It is another thing entirely to have your company put an end to this. What steps are they going to take next?

If you don’t get the answers you are looking for, if you are retaliated against for reporting sexual harassment, you may need to speak with a qualified legal team.


Why do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?

You understand the importance of driving in a safe manner. You also understand the importance of wearing protective gear. Even though you are 100 percent prepared for anything that comes your way, the fear of an accident may always be in the back of your mind.

As a motorcyclist, you realize that an accident can have serious implications on your health. Every year, thousands of people are injured and killed in this type of accident. Below are some of the primary causes of such accidents:

  1. Car making a left hand turn. This often happens when going through an intersection or attempting to pass the vehicle.
  2. Lane splitting. This is when a motorcyclist drives through the area between two lanes of traffic.
  3. Road hazards. Some roadways are not in the best of condition. For example, deep potholes and gravel may exist. This increases the chance of an accident.

These are just some of the many reasons why motorcycle accidents happen. Some are caused by the motorcyclist, others are tied to the negligence of another party.

As a motorcyclist, being aware of common causes of accidents can help keep you safe.


June 2015 Blog Review

We added a variety of content during the month of June, ranging from news updates to personal injury tips and advice.

If you were unable to stay current for any reason, you still have time to review what you missed.

Below are five of our most popular posts from June 2015:

  1. Takata Air Bag Recall Continues to Cause Trouble
  2. Dog Bite Injuries: What’s Covered?
  3. The Many Causes of a Forklift Accident
  4. Ways to Bike Safe this Summer (Part 2)
  5. Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injury

As summer wears on, we will continue to update the blog on a regular basis. Be sure to check back often. And as always, don’t shy away from leaving comments!


Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injury

If a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, such as in a motor vehicle accident, it is essential to receive the appropriate treatment. This often includes treatment immediately following the accident, and more of the same well into the future.

Most importantly, the injured party needs to be stabilized as soon as possible. You can read more about the importance of initial treatment here.

Once the person is stabilized to the point that the injury is not worsening, his or her medical team can devise a plan for moving forward. The next steps depend largely on the type and extent of the injury. Some people don’t require any additional treatment, outside of plenty of rest. Others, however, may require a more intense treatment strategy, including surgery.

Every year, more than one million people suffer a traumatic brain injury. Many of these can be directly attributed to negligence, such as somebody who is driving under the influence of alcohol and causes an accident.

If you or a loved one has been treated for a brain injury following an accident, contact us to learn more about your legal rights.


Who Enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Disability discrimination remains an issue in the United States. This is despite the many laws in place to prevent such activity.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is meant to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, as well as other activities.

Just because employers are aware of the ADA does not mean they will follow the law. This is why many agencies often times have to step in to provide assistance to employees.

The agencies that enforce the ADA include:

  • The Department of Labor
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • The Department of Transportation
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • The Department of Justice

Have you or a loved one been a victim of disability discrimination? If so, you need to understand your rights. We have many years experience helping people who have been a victim of workplace discrimination. When you contact us, we can help you better understand your situation and which steps to take next.

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