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July 26, 2017

Woburn Construction Accident Claims Life

A New Hampshire man working on a project to expand the Woburn Public Library was killed in a construction accident on Tuesday, July 11. According to reports, the man was working in a pit alongside the foundation of the building when a large piece of rock came loose and fell, crushing him. The Middlesex district attorney […]
July 13, 2017

Cape Cod Visitor Killed in Truck Crash

A Middleborough woman was killed on the Cape last weekend when the car she was in was struck from behind by a truck near the Bourne Bridge. Three others in the car were injured, as well as one person in a second car. One of the passengers, a fifteen-year-old girl, was airlifted to a Rhode Island […]
June 30, 2017

Ferry Crash Injures Passengers, Disrupts Service

As many as eighteen passengers were reported injured last week when the MV Iyanough, a high-speed ferry on the Hyannis to Nantucket route, crashed into a rocky jetty on the approach to Hyannis. The crash occurred around 10:00 p.m. on Friday night, June 16, in what was described as bad weather and choppy seas. The Iyanough, […]
June 16, 2017

Workers Compensation and Workplace Violence

Each year nearly three million workers are injured or become ill on the job. That number has dropped dramatically over the decades as workplace safety has improved. Regulations aimed at making places of employment safer have made a huge difference, as has increased awareness of risk by both workers and their employers. A disturbing but often […]
June 1, 2017

Gasoline Tanker in Six-Vehicle Crash

Disaster was narrowly averted during the morning commute last Tuesday when a tanker truck carrying 11,000 gallons of gasoline struck several cars on a ramp at the Braintree Split. One woman was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, but no one else was injured. The ramp from exit eighteen on Route 93 South connecting […]
May 19, 2017

Toll in Auction Crash up to Five

The death toll has risen again in a tragic eastern Massachusetts auto auction crash. A fifth victim succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, more than a week after the incident at the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica on May 3. Two victims died at the scene and another at a local hospital shortly after the crash. […]
May 5, 2017

Cyclist Fatally Injured in Back Bay Hit-and-Run

As we’re posting this, Boston Police are still asking for help finding the driver of a car that hit a bicyclist early Sunday morning and then fled the scene. The cyclist, a man in his thirties, was travelling east on Commonwealth Avenue near Clarendon Street with another cyclist around 3:20 a.m. when he was clipped by […]
April 21, 2017

Electrocution Claims Bay State Worker

A Massachusetts worker died in a fatal electrocution accident in Salem last month when the aerial lift he was using came into contact with electrical wires. He had been working on a painting job at a fire station at the time, and it remains unclear whether there was any violation of safety standards. An investigation is […]
April 6, 2017

Loose Tire Kills Lexington Motorist

A Lexington man was killed recently when a wheel came loose from another vehicle and struck his car. The victim, a twenty-six-year-old man, was driving north on Route 128 when one of the rear wheels of a southbound pickup truck fell off. The wheel flew over the median, glanced off one vehicle, and then hit the […]
March 22, 2017

Concussion Risk High for Bay State Youth

The risk of long-term damage from concussions has been widely publicized in recent years, but one group—youth athletes—may not be getting the message. Recent reports found that Massachusetts not only ranked first in the nation for the number of concussions diagnosed per capita, but half of all young athletes who are diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms return […]
March 14, 2017

Bus Rollover on 128 Shakes Up Students

The crash of a school bus carrying Sudbury middle school students left two dozen with a scare and minor injuries in January. After a collision with a pickup truck, the bus rolled over a guardrail and came to rest on its side. No one was seriously injured, but twenty-two students, the driver, and an adult bus […]
February 23, 2017

Smoking Blamed for Massive Cambridge Fire

Investigators have determined the cause of a ten-alarm fire in Cambridge that eventually spread to eighteen buildings and left more than 160 people homeless. The December fire began at 35/37 Berkshire Street, and because of several circumstances that were favorable to the fire, it moved quickly, engulfing the first few buildings and several cars on the […]
March 13, 2018
Massachusetts DWI Laws: Far from the Top

Massachusetts DWI Laws: Far from the Top

Massachusetts has a reputation for being progressive in many ways, but when it comes to state drunk driving laws, the Bay State ranks surprisingly low. That’s the view, at least, of one major organization that focuses on eliminating drunk driving. Their metrics find that Massachusetts is especially weak when it comes to ignition interlock laws and […]
February 23, 2018
Does Workers Compensation Cover Assault

Does Workers Compensation Cover Assault?

Does Workers Compensation Cover Assault? That’s a question that too many workers are forced to ask. Many workers will never experience a violent incident while on the job, but danger of violence in the workplace should never be taken lightly. According to statistics from the US Department of Labor, close to 2 million workers are the […]
February 9, 2018
No-Fault Insurance in Massachusetts

No-Fault Insurance in Massachusetts

As a Massachusetts driver, you’ve probably heard the term “no-fault” before when discussing car insurance. What does this term mean, exactly, and if there is “no fault” then who is held accountable after a crash? Who pays for any damage and injury if blame for an accident is not being assigned? Let’s take a quick look […]
January 15, 2018
Snow and Ice Removal Liability in Massachusetts

Snow and Ice Removal Liability in Massachusetts

Many residents of eastern Mass are still digging out from last week’s storm, which hit the East Coast from Florida to Maine hard and left more than a foot of snow across much of New England. Schools and businesses were closed, public transit operated on a reduced schedule, and the governor encouraged residents to stay home […]
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