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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 […]
January 2, 2017

Unsafe Toys Still on Shelves

Christmas has just passed, and many of us are still enjoying the season, but not everyone approaches this time of year with the same holiday spirit. Despite decades of action to make children’s toys safer, there are still some who produce and sell toys that are potentially dangerous to small children. Just as the holidays were […]
December 26, 2016

Construction Equipment Accident Kills Worker

A construction worker recently died from the injuries he suffered in an accident involving a circular saw. The accident, which took place in Duxbury on the South Shore, happened while the worker was cutting a water pipe on a home construction job site. Even though the location of the accident was only about a mile from […]
December 19, 2016

Sweet Tomatoes Crash Leads to Wrongful Death Suit

Nine months after crashing into Sweet Tomatoes—a popular West Newton restaurant—and killing two patrons, the driver in that tragic incident now faces not only criminal charges, but also a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the husband of one of those killed. The crash, which occurred on March 1, also left seven others injured.   Investigation Leads […]
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 […]
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 […]
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