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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 […]
February 9, 2017

Winter Brings Warnings, Calls for Safety

State officials have launched a new campaign intended to remind motorists that snow plows should be given plenty of room to do their job. In making the announcement, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation noted that through late December at least eight pieces of heavy snow removal equipment had already been struck by other vehicles (not the […]
January 26, 2017

First Snow Brings Pedestrian Fatality

Boston had its first major snowstorm of the season earlier this month, and before the flakes had stopped falling, a crash caused by the slippery conditions had claimed the life of a pedestrian in the city. The victim, Jessica Cosman, was walking on the sidewalk along Sunset Street in Mission Hill when a driver lost control […]
January 10, 2017

Lower Speed Limits in Effect

Beginning this week, you might start to notice new speed limit signs within the city of Boston. Last June, the Massachusetts house and senate overwhelmingly passed a municipal modernization bill, part of which allowed cities and towns more control over certain local regulations, including speed limits. Governor Baker signed it into law in August. Boston has […]
September 28, 2018
The Most Dangerous Intersections in Boston

The Most Dangerous Intersections in Boston

Driving anywhere in Boston can be a challenge. There are numerous pedestrians, bicyclists, and thousands of vehicles that travel throughout Boston every day. Fortunately, most intersections seems to be relatively free of accident reports. However, there are many intersections in Boston that are more dangerous to travel through than others. When you’re injured in a motor […]
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 […]
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