Posts made in October 2015

Vertical roasters recalled after reports of shattering

The truth is that most companies are very aware of the potential dangers with their products, and they do all that they can to minimize or eliminate those dangers. Companies are aware that when a dangerous product is released onto the market, and someone is injured or killed as a result, not only will the company be forced to recall the product and likely payout a settlement to the victim, the public’s perception will shift against the company. Because a defective product can be so damaging to a company, both financially and publically, they often issue recalls as soon as they are aware of potential dangers. Vertical roasters recalledTCC Cooking Company recently recalled a line of vertical roasters after receiving more than two dozen reports of breaking or shattering. Though no injuries were reported, such breaking can easily cause lacerations or burns to consumers. The company has recalled nearly 4,000 units in an effort to prevent such injuries, offering full refunds to customers who purchased the defective product.

It is always refreshing to see a company recall a product when it is made aware of potential safety hazards, before any serious injuries occur. Unfortunately, not all companies issue such recalls, and sometimes the company simply does not know about the danger until it is too late. In such cases, victims of injury by defective product may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit, Boston MA to be compensated for their injuries.

Like nearly every injury, if another party’s negligence is responsible, then that party will likely have to pay for medical expenses and other damages. When companies release dangerous or defective products, they can often be considered negligent in their business practices. If you have been injured by a defective product in Massachusetts, consider meeting with an attorney to help you learn more about how you can prove that a defective product caused your injury.

Source: cps.gov, “TCC Cooking Company Recalls CHEFS Vertical Roasters Due to Burn and Laceration Hazards,” Oct. 14, 2015

Cargo and loads can affect truck accidents

Often, when we talk about truck accidents, we approach them through the context of a large 18-wheeler or tractor trailer colliding with another vehicle or person. These types of accidents certainly do happen, and they are arguably the most common types of truck accidents, but they are not the only accidents that can happen as a result of negligence and large trucks. Depending on the cargo that a truck is transporting, accidents can happen without one vehicle striking another.

Not all 18-wheelers carry large tankers or cargo. Some large trucks transport loose material that is tied down, such as timber or large equipment and machines. If these loads are not properly tied down or are imbalanced in the way that they are tied, they could cause a truck driver to swerve uncontrollably or drift in their lane. In certain cases, the cargo may loosen, causing logs to litter the road and impact other drivers.

Instances like these are rarely the truck driver’s fault. Truck drivers are sometimes not even around when cargo is tied to their vehicles, nor are they aware that the cargo may be improperly tied down. As a result, they could be driving along the road, obeying all of the rules and driving perfectly safely, and their cargo could still come loose and cause a serious accident.

If the truck driver was not at fault, you can still file a claim for compensation if you are injured. If you were not at fault in an accident, you can likely be compensated at someone else’s expense, the company that employs the truck driver, for example. If you have been injured because of a truck accident in Massachusetts, visit our webpage to learn more about how truck circumstances can make driving more dangerous and how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Outside factors can affect car accidents

We have all heard that accidents happen, and while this may be true, accidents including car accidents are always caused by something. A child spilling milk is an accident in the sense that the child likely did not mean to make a mess, but at the same time the accident was directly caused by the child doing something that resulted in the spilled milk. The same can be said of car accidents. Even though they may happen unintentionally, there is usually someone who was doing something that was the catalyst to the car accident.

Often, we turn toward the drivers involved in the car accident and attempt to determine which of these drivers was engaging in reckless or negligent driving behaviors. However, there are accidents in which neither driver was truly at fault. In these instances, we must look to factors outside of the drivers themselves to determine who was at fault. There can be many options.

Sometimes a driver was allowing plenty of space to stop in the event of unexpected circumstances, and yet even though they see an obstacle and attempt to stop, they cannot because their brakes fail. In this instance, the driver was not at fault, but the vehicle itself. If the driver knew that his or her brake pads might fail, then the driver should have made an attempt to fix the problem. However, if the driver did not know about the defective brake pads, an investigation could be launched to determine if the manufacturer of the vehicle is at fault for using defective brake pads.

Similarly, poorly maintained roads could contribute to an accident, as well as traffic signals that do not work as intended. All of these factors must be considered when investigating a car accident to determine who was truly at fault. This is yet another reason that victims are encouraged to seek legal assistance, so that they are able to fully investigate all factors and determine who or what was truly at fault. If you have been injured in a car accident in Massachusetts, consider meeting with an attorney to build a strong claim for compensation.

18 Wheeler Accidents

A Shocking Crash Requires A No-Nonsense Lawyer

Truck accidents are common on busy Boston area roadways like I-93, I-90, Route 1 and the Concord Turnpike. Because of the speed and mass involved in accidents involving 18-wheelers (semi trucks, tractor-trailers) and other large trucks, the resulting injuries are typically catastrophic.

At Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin, P.C., we help people who have been injured and families who have lost loved ones in truck accidents. We have successfully handled numerous truck accident cases and have a long track record of success winning results for our clients.

Contact us today online or by telephone at (617) 698-6000 to speak with an experienced Boston, MA, 18-wheeler accident attorney.

Experienced Representation For Complex Truck Accidents

If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is important to have experienced legal representation on your side. These cases are governed by complex federal guidelines and typically involve large minimums on liability insurance coverage.

Our lawyers have extensive experience handling truck accident injury lawsuits and understand the legal complexities involved. We will carefully explore all of the factors leading up to the accident to determine the cause and who was at fault. In doing so, we will search for signs of:

Truck accidents are not always the result of driver negligence. The trucking company can be held responsible as well if faulty hiring or training practices contributed to the accident. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation of your accident, going to the accident scene personally if necessary. If you have been injured, or someone close to you has suffered a wrongful death, we will help you ascertain the full extent of the damage and the proper amount of compensation to seek.

It Pays To Get Us On Your Side

We work on a contingency fee basis on all personal injury cases, including those involving 18-wheeler truck accidents. This means that you pay nothing if we don’t win compensation for you, and that all attorney time is at no charge, including your initial consultation.

We are available for day, evening and weekend appointments. We can visit you in your home or in the hospital and are conveniently located six miles from the South Station Tunnel right off the Expressway near Route 128. To contact the Boston, MA, 18-wheeler accident attorneys at Colucci Colucci Marcus & Flavin, PC, call (617) 698-6000.

Faulty Maintenance

Accidents Caused By Faulty Truck Maintenance

When Poor Maintenance Causes A Domino Effect Of Harm

A poorly maintained truck is a hazard to everyone on the road. Trucking companies are legally responsible for maintaining their trucks and making them safe for long-distance travel, but all too often fail to do so. When poorly maintained trucks cause road accidents, the results can be tragic.

At Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin, P.C., we represent people who have been injured in truck accidents caused by faulty truck maintenance and other forms of negligence. We have a proven record of success obtaining favorable verdicts and settlements for clients from the Boston area and throughout Massachusetts.

Contact us today online or by telephone at (617) 698-6000 to speak with an experienced Boston, MA, faulty truck maintenance accident lawyers.

The Weight Of Trucks Leave Little Room For Error

Because of the size and mass of 18-wheelers, even the slightest breakdown in truck maintenance can have disastrous effects. Inadequate maintenance in large commercial trucks can lead to:

  • Defective brakes
  • Defective steering systems
  • Inadequate underride protection
  • Transmission failure
  • Tire blowouts

While federal regulations regulate the maintenance and operation of semi trucks, trucking companies cut corners to increase profits. This is a dangerous practice that risks the lives of truck drivers and everyone else on the road. All too often, faulty truck maintenance leads to serious brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even wrongful death.

Our attorneys are well versed in the regulations regarding truck maintenance and will work to help you pursue maximum compensation for the losses you have suffered.

Contact A Lawyer Who Understands Trucking Equipment Failures

We work on a contingency fee basis on all personal injury cases, including those involving faulty truck maintenance. This means that you pay nothing if we don’t win compensation for you, and that all attorney time is at no charge, including your initial consultation.

We are available for day, evening and weekend appointments. We can visit you in your home or in the hospital and are conveniently located six miles from the South Station Tunnel right off the Expressway near Route 128. To contact the Boston, MA, faulty truck maintenance accident lawyers at Colucci Colucci Marcus & Flavin, PC, call (617) 698-6000.

Imbalanced Loads

Lawyers For Overloaded Truck Accidents

Unstable Or Unsecured Loads Put All Drivers At Risk

When 18-wheelers and other large trucks carry unbalanced loads or are overloaded, the freight can shift, causing the truck to rollover or jackknife. Unsecured cargo can also break loose from the truck, spilling on to the road. In either instance, every other driver and passenger in the vicinity of the truck is put at risk.

At Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin, P.C., we represent people who have been injured due to overloaded and unsecured trucks and other forms of negligence. We have a proven record of success obtaining favorable verdicts and settlements for clients from the Boston area and throughout Massachusetts.

Contact us today online or by telephone at (617) 698-6000 to speak with an experienced Boston, MA, overloaded truck accident attorney.

Facing The Aftermath Of Overloaded/Unsecured Trucks

When a truck accident results in the truck jackknifing or rolling over on the highway, it is important to inspect the accident for signs of negligence. In many cases, these accidents could have been avoided if the truck had been properly loaded and inspected.

When trucks carry heavy equipment, timber, building supplies and other large, open loads, the loads must be properly secured. Falling debris can cause trailing vehicles to change course suddenly or crash directly into debris.

Trucking companies fight accident lawsuits aggressively and often send teams of investigators to the scene of the accident to gain control of the accident scene and limit the companies’ exposure to liability. Our lawyers know how to find the facts in these cases to identify errors in loading, balance inspection and other factors. We aggressively pursue the facts to support our clients’ claims and to help them pursue maximum compensation for their losses.

Find Out Why A Lawyer Is Worth Your Time: Call Us Today.

We work on a contingency fee basis on all personal injury cases, including those involving trucks that are overloaded or carry unbalanced loads. This means that you pay nothing if we don’t win compensation for you, and that all attorney time is at no charge, including your initial consultation.

We are available for day, evening and weekend appointments. We can visit you in your home or in the hospital and are conveniently located six miles from the South Station Tunnel right off the Expressway near Route 128. To contact the Boston, MA, overloaded truck accident attorneys at Colucci Colucci Marcus & Flavin, PC, call (617) 698-6000.