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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 […]
December 1, 2016

Wrong-Way Crash Kills Five

A terrible wrong-way crash on I-495 in Middleboro recently killed five people, including four college students. The young men, all between the ages of eighteen and twenty, were traveling on the correct side of the highway when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction struck them head-on. The driver of the other vehicle also died in […]
November 23, 2016

Report: Massachusetts Highways Safest, but near Bottom for Performance

A report ranking US state highway systems on performance and cost-effectiveness has rated Massachusetts close to the bottom, finding that the state had one of the highest expenditures per mile of state-maintained roadway. The Bay State was also listed among the states with the worst levels of traffic congestion. On the flip side, Massachusetts scored very […]
November 17, 2016

Self-Driving Cars Rolling into Boston

Self-driving cars will be coming to the streets of Boston in just a few years if a new initiative succeeds. In September, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that Boston had been chosen to help develop policies for the future of urban mobility. As part of the project, guidelines will be developed here for implementing new technologies in […]
November 17, 2016

Accident Leaves Two Boston Construction Workers Dead

Two men working on the water system of a residential building in the South End were tragically killed when the trench they were working in was suddenly filled with water and they were unable to escape. It’s not clear what exactly happened, but it’s suspected that a fire hydrant collapsed or a water main broke, causing […]
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 […]
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 […]
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