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December 28, 2017
Winter’s Here: Be Prepared for the Conditions

Winter’s Here: Be Prepared for the Conditions

Eastern Mass has seen its first couple of snowfalls this season, and while there haven’t yet been any big storms, it’s likely that this winter will bring a few. Boston sees about twenty-two days with snowfall in an average winter, and, in the last fifteen years, we’ve only had one winter without at least one storm […]
December 12, 2017

Sweet Tomatoes Ruling Finally Near

The driver behind the wheel when a car crashed into a pizza restaurant in Newton, killing two and injuring seven, may soon face a sentence. After a series of delays that have dragged the case out for well over a year and a half, a judge this month rejected requests from both the prosecution and the […]
December 1, 2017
Dracut Building Crashes Raise Eyebrows

Dracut Building Crashes Raise Eyebrows

One vehicle crashing into a building might be viewed as a misfortune. Two vehicles crashing into buildings in the same town—in just over a week—begins to look like carelessness. The residents of Dracut, nestled between the Merrimack River and the New Hampshire border north of Lowell, might be wondering why such misfortune has visited their normally […]
November 17, 2017
Dump Truck Runs Down Cyclist

Dump Truck Runs Down Cyclist

A nineteen-year-old Dorchester man was killed earlier this month when he was struck by a large construction vehicle while on his bicycle. Exactly what happened isn’t clear from the reports, but the incident on East Cottage Street in Dorchester left the victim dead, and news photos showed the crumpled bike. It’s not apparent where fault lies, […]
November 7, 2017
Lowell Boy Killed in Pit Bull Attack

Lowell Boy Killed in Pit Bull Attack

A seven-year-old Lowell child died tragically last week when a pair of neighborhood pit bulls attacked and mauled him. Accounts of what happened vary, but early on the evening of Saturday, October 21, the boy somehow wound up inside a fenced yard where the pair of dogs was kept, according to Lowell police. Yelling and screaming […]
November 3, 2017

2017 Super Lawyers Announcement and Speaking Engagement

Our attorneys have once again been recognized for the phenomenal service they provide to clients! We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Timothy Pope has repeated last year’s honors by making this year’s list of Super Lawyers for his dedication to Social Security Disability law! Tim will also be speaking at the International Association of Rehabilitation […]
October 20, 2017
Dump Truck Rollover Kills One, Causes Chaos in Brockton

Dump Truck Rollover Kills One, Causes Chaos in Brockton

The sad details behind a dump truck crash in Brockton that killed one woman and sent two other people to the hospital have led to the arrest of a driver on motor vehicle homicide charges. The October 3 crash includes a laundry list of dangerous behaviors and bad decisions and should serve as a cautionary tale […]
October 5, 2017
Head-On Crash Leaves One Dead, Three Injured

Head-On Crash Leaves One Dead, Three Injured

A recent crash in the Saxonville section of Framingham caused the death of one driver and sent all the occupants of a second vehicle to the hospital. The crash, which took place early on the evening of September 21, shut down Water Street for some time while Framingham Police investigated and cleared the scene. The driver […]
September 21, 2017

Ford Explorer CO Probe Digging Deeper

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that it will be taking a more thorough look at Ford Explorer SUVs to determine whether there’s a defect or design flaw that’s putting vehicle occupants at risk. The “engineering analysis”—an escalation of a preliminary analysis that began in July of 2016—will focus on possible leakage of […]
September 1, 2017

Labor Day Marks End of ‘100 Deadliest Days’

This holiday weekend marks the end of a dangerous period for teen drivers. According to AAA, Memorial Day in May and Labor Day in September bookend the highest-risk time all year for crashes involving teen drivers. These 100 days are nothing to celebrate, and we can only hope that when the numbers are in for 2017 […]
August 23, 2017

Driver Turns Self in After Fatal Quincy Crash

The driver responsible for a crash in Quincy turned himself in more than a week later and was ordered held on $100,000 bail after being charged with several serious offenses, including motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene. The crash, on Palmer Street around 12:30 a.m. on August 7, left an eighteen-year-old passenger dead and a […]
August 9, 2017

Cape Cart Crash Seriously Injures Three

Three people were seriously injured last month when a golf cart drove onto a local road and collided with a motorcycle. First responders and others who viewed the scene described a flaming, melted wreck, and photos from the scene show both vehicles destroyed, with the golf cart reduced to little more than its frame. All the […]
June 21, 2018
Working and Social Security Disability

Working and Social Security Disability

When you are going to be collecting Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you are usually able to at least work part-time, despite receiving benefits. However, there are many complicated rules, and working while collecting SSD can influence your benefits. If you are considering a part-time job in addition to your SSD benefits, or if you are […]
June 4, 2018
Most Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Most Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slip-and-fall accidents can deal a devastating blow to your quality of life. When you are legally on a property, the property owner has an obligation to ensure that the area is free of hazards. When property owners fail to meet this obligation and you’re injured as a result, they can be held accountable should you choose […]
April 27, 2018
Traffic Danger Staying High

Traffic Danger Staying High

When it comes to the deadliness of our roads, two recent years (2015 and 2016)  came close to setting records. In 2015, there were more than 35,000 traffic fatalities in the US, followed by 37,461 in 2016. That spike was an increase of more than 14 percent, the largest two-year jump on record. All the data […]
April 5, 2018
Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Massachusetts

Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Massachusetts

Motorcyclists have long had to fight a mostly undeserved reputation as dangerous drivers of unsafe vehicles. In fact, accident data for motorcyclists on American roads show that bikers are far more likely to be the victims of crashes, especially fatal ones, than other motorists. Proportionally, the situation for bikers in Massachusetts is not very different from […]
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