Posts made in February 2015

The immediate aftermath of a car accident

Those who have been in a car accident know the feelings of panic and confusion that often come with the crash. From the second you feel the impact and realize that you have been involved in a car accident, your mind will likely begin to flit about in fright as it tries to make sense of what has happened. Yet even though your mind is in such a state of panic, it is in these crucial minutes just after an accident that you must be most levelheaded in order to resolve the issue properly.

For those who have not been involved in an accident, or even those who have been involved in an accident and feel that they could have handled it better, you are in luck. This article details some of the best practices to engage in just after an accident. Employing some of these practices to make sense of the chaos of an accident can often be the difference between proving fault and accepting fault.

One of the best ways to prove fault in an accident is to get an accurate impression of the scene immediately following the collision. Contacting a police officer and speaking with witnesses can help you get a better idea of exactly what happened, and can also help you prove your case if you end up filing a lawsuit. Any additional evidence can also help your case, such as pictures of the damages and road design.

Of course, all of the evidence in the world is moot if you cannot present it properly, which is why it is in your best interests to contact an attorney. A legal professional with experience in personal injury and car accidents can help you present your evidence to support your case and prove who was at fault in the accident. If you can prove that you were not at fault, you may be entitled to compensation.

Premises liability is more than slip and fall accidents

Whenever we speak of premises liability cases, we often refer to them as slip and fall accidents. This is easier for most people to understand, and because such accidents seem to be heard of and spoken of more often than other premises liability claims, one may suspect they are fairly open-and-shut. However, it is important to remember that there is more to premises liability cases than slipping at someone’s house and banging your head.

Premises liability claims do not only occur in residential areas or homes; they can occur on any premises in which there is a negligent property factor that contributed to an injury. This can include injury due to unexpected smoke inhalation that could have been avoided if the premises had a properly functioning smoke detector, for example. Even animals that cause injury to visitors can qualify as a premises liability claim if proper warning was not issued about the dangers of the animal.

These are only a few examples of what kinds of issues a premises liability case could deal with, and you can find even more examples at our premises liability website. While you are there, take a moment to look over our perspective on premises liability cases-each and every one of which we treat seriously-and see how you can contact our law firm.

If you live in the Boston, Massachusetts area, and you have been injured on someone else’s property, please consider scheduling a free consultation with us to discuss the aspects of your case. Whether it involves investigation or accident reconstruction, you can rest assured that we will use every resource to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.

Hazardous driving conditions contribute to truck crashes

The winter storms have begun to ravage the northern part of the country, and Massachusetts is no exception. According to state police, Linus left almost a foot of snow in parts of the state, which has made driving conditions hazardous. While those of us who are native to the area have experience dealing with these icy roads, we are not the only drivers inhabiting said roads. Some drivers may not exercise the proper amount of caution when traveling under these dangerous circumstances.

Perhaps the most notable example of such drivers is truck drivers. Truck drivers often drive long hours across multiple state lines, and certain drivers may attempt to drive quickly through hazardous areas in an effort to shave some time off their travel time. Additionally, because truck drivers are not always directly responsible for the condition of their vehicle, the proper precautions may not have been exercised on the truck to make it safe to drive over icy roads.

Regardless of the factors that may contribute to truck accidents, the fact is that these truck accidents are happening in Massachusetts. In fact, one accident occurred recently when three large trucks crashed into each other late in the evening. One of the drivers suffered minor injuries, and the other two were unharmed, but it is fortunate that these trucks collided with one another. If a smaller vehicle had been involved in the crash, there likely would have been serious injuries to the driver of that vehicle.

Two other trucks crashed in a different area, and again there were no injuries, but it is important to be especially wary when driving around trucks in these hazardous, icy conditions. The truck drivers are probably not as comfortable driving on the icy roads, their trucks may not be in proper condition, and they still have deadlines to meet, meaning that they may not employ the safest of driving practices.

Source: MassLive, “Tractor trailer truck accidents close Mass Turnpike and part of I-91,” Jeanette DeForge, Feb. 2, 2015