Posts made in November 2015

Possible road rage leads to fatal Massachusetts accident

It seems that no matter how much awareness is brought about the dangers of car accidents and the benefits of defensive driving, accidents still happen far too often. Many car accidents are just that, accidents, but some motor vehicle incidents are not accidents. It may sound surprising, but while the vast majority of drivers try their best to avoid getting into wrecks, some reckless or rage-filled drivers actually bring about accidents intentionally.

Police suspect such intentional endangerment in a recent accident that occurred in Massachusetts. The accident caused a highway exit to be closed for an extended period, required one victim to be hospitalized with serious injuries and cost another victim his life. Police believe there was road rage involved in the accident, as the investigation indicates that the two vehicles struck one another at some point while on the highway. Shortly afterward, both vehicles exited the highway from the same ramp, at which point the fatal accident occurred.

The victims were driving a Chevrolet, and the Ford Ranger that was involved in the accident fled the scene after the fatal accident. A witness to the accident later identified the vehicle, and the driver was arrested for multiple offenses, including his second drunken driving offense.

Instances such as these are quite rare, as most people seek to avoid accidents, but particularly in instances of intoxicated driving, such dangerous, fatal accidents can be more common than you might expect. Intoxicated drivers show a marked carelessness for their own well-being and the well-being of other drivers, and this sometimes causes them to make dangerous decisions that could harm others. If you have been involved in such an accident, consider meeting with an attorney to explore your chances to be compensated for your injuries.

Source: Mansfield Patch, “UPDATE: Driver in Fatal Mansfield Car Crash Charged with Drunken Driving, Vehicular Homicide,” Daniel Libon, Nov. 9, 2015

November could bring an increase in shopping injuries

November has officially begun, and while many are putting away their Halloween costumes and breaking into their Christmas decorations, there is still a significant day standing between us and the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Thanksgiving: Black Friday. Black Friday is by far the biggest shopping day on the calendar when thousands of stores offer incredible deals to encourage customers to accomplish all of their Christmas shopping in one big sweep.

While there are many good things to say about Black Friday, there are also some concerns that come with the day. Many people are rightfully concerned about their well-being and their loved ones, as the clamor to reach certain stores first can cause shoppers to do strange or reckless things. It is not uncommon to hear news stories in the days after Black Friday of shoppers being hospitalized after falling and being trampled by a herd of shoppers. In some severe cases, these incidents can be fatal.

There are a few different legal concerns that may need to be addressed in the event of such accidents. Depending on how the accident occurred, multiple parties may be at fault, or no party may be at fault. For example, if you simply lose your footing and slip, you may have a hard time recovering compensation for your injuries. However, if you slip on a puddle of water that was not cleaned up by the store’s staff members, you could sue the store for not removing the dangerous condition.

Additionally, if you were tripped by another shopper, either by accident or malice, you could be entitled to compensation at that shopper’s expense. It may sound unbelievable, but when it comes to Black Friday, some shoppers are not above roughhousing others in order to get their hands on the deals before others. If you happen to suffer any injuries while shopping, or if someone you know suffers such injuries, visit our webpage to learn how you could recover compensation for your injuries.