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September 17, 2016

Texting and Driving Tickets Continue to Rise

The number of traffic violations issued for texting and driving in Massachusetts continues to grow as state and local police recognize the problem of distracted driving as increasingly more and more serious. The state is still a long way away from serious enforcement, however, and distracted driving, especially attributed to cell phone use, is on the […]
September 7, 2016

Boston Lowering Speed Limits to Save Lives

Can lower speed limits really have an effect on traffic safety? The city of Boston thinks so. That’s why it’s been pushing for a reduced speed limit on city streets for the past few years. But changing a speed limit isn’t as simple as putting up a new sign with a smaller number on it, and […]
August 25, 2016

Vision Zero Boston Aiming to Improve Pedestrian Safety

Boston has a problem with serious traffic injuries and fatalities, especially those involving pedestrians, and it’s doing something about it. As part of a larger plan to reduce car crashes and improve the city’s transportation infrastructure, Mayor Walsh announced in 2015 that Boston will adopt Vision Zero, a program dedicated to eventually eliminating traffic fatalities in […]
August 17, 2016

Duck Tour Safety Rules Not Yet Tightened

Last month the Massachusetts Senate approved a bill which would have increased safety features on duck boats and similar tour vehicles. The proposals were in direct response to an April crash near Boston Common which killed a twenty-eight-year-old woman on a scooter and injured her passenger. A second crash in July, in which a woman suffered […]
August 9, 2016

Crash into House Raises Alarm

When we think of car accidents, the images that come to mind include minor fender benders, head-on collisions, and all sorts of crashes involving cars and trucks at traffic lights, stop signs, and intersections. We might think of cars hitting (or being hit by) trucks, or even cars hitting bicyclists or pedestrians. But car crashes include […]
August 6, 2016

Cyclist Crash Brings Both Calls and Promises for Action

A recent crash on a Cambridge street that turned fatal for a bicyclist has led to promises by that city to do more to protect the growing number of cyclists on its streets. At the same time, cycling advocates are pushing for additional action, some of which the city has promised before but been slow to […]
July 27, 2016

Boston Drivers – Worst in the US?

We joke about it all the time: just how bad the drivers are in Boston and eastern Massachusetts. Older drivers sometimes comment that stop signs are simply suggestions, or point out that right-of-way is determined by which driver’s car is worth the least. The long-standing insult for Bay State drivers used by those from out of […]
July 22, 2016

“Pokémon Go”—A Driving Hazard?

The new “Pokémon Go” augmented reality game was an instant hit. Within days it had been downloaded and was being played by millions of users in the first wave of countries where it was released. The success catapulted the stock of its maker, Nintendo, up sharply and the game became a top news story almost everywhere. […]
July 20, 2016

Work Zone Crashes Raising Alarm

A crash in Saugus which injured a police officer last week marked the latest incident in what seems to be a disturbing recent trend in our area. That late-night collision was the fourth time in less than two weeks that an alleged drunk driver has crashed into a work site on a Boston-area highway. These accidents […]
April 1, 2016

Infographic: Tips to Follow After an Auto Accident

Although you may do your best to stay safe while on the road, you never know what is going to happen. If you are involved in an auto accident, it is essential that you know how to deal with the situation. Below is an infographic that outlines eight tips to follow after an auto accident:
December 22, 2015

Have a Happy Holiday Season

Let us take this time to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season. December is almost over and the new year will be here soon enough. If you need anything on our end, don’t hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience!
December 18, 2015

Christmas Season and Defective Product Injuries

Defective product injuries are often times associated with toys and baby products. And as you know, these items are extremely popular during the holiday season. Unfortunately, there are times when these items cause injury to the recipient. And in the most serious of cases, a defective product can also lead to death. According to the law, […]
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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