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Hit-and-Run Accidents in Spotlight After Two Incidents

Two recent hit-and-run incidents have put these incidents back in the spotlight in Massachusetts. Recent years have seen an increase in these accidents across the United States, with many serious injuries and fatalities occurring as a result of negligent drivers who fail to stop and assist in order to avoid prosecution.

Recent figures provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that hit-and-run accidents have increased by at least 15 percent since 2009. An estimated 550,000 hit-and-run accidents occur throughout America on an annual basis. While many of these are fatal accidents, most result in serious injuries that require costly emergency treatment and, in many cases, ongoing medical care.

WPRI recently reported on an accident involving a Roger Williams University student who was struck down by a driver from Massachusetts. The driver knocked down the skateboarder in a dormitory parking lot and failed to stop and provide assistance. Instead, the driver sped off, leaving bystanders to ensure that the victim was stabilized and transported to receive the necessary medical attention. The victim sustained neck and back injuries and received care at a nearby hospital before being discharged later that day.

In the case of the RWU student, a personal-injury lawyer may be in a position to help the victim recover damages and receive just compensation for the injuries from the guilty driver. Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. can provide a specialist personal-injury lawyer to assess the situation and assist the victim of an incident such as this. If you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run in Boston, Mass., then contacting Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. is a smart step toward recovering money to pay for lost wages and medical expenses. To get started, contact us at 617-698-0253.

Serious Massachusetts Accident Leaves One Dead and Two Seriously Injured

In another recent case that took place in Massachusetts, one person died and two others were left injured when two vehicles collided. FOX reported that preliminary investigations suggest that the driver of a white Mitsubishi car collided with a parked Toyota, leaving the driver of the Mitsubishi dead. Eyewitnesses claim that the driver of the Mitsubishi was linked to a hit-and-run accident that occurred earlier that evening, and police are looking into those claims.

The driver of the parked car was not seriously injured but was taken to a nearby hospital for observation, while the passenger in the same vehicle was treated for serious injuries. The investigation is still ongoing; however, the recent spike in serious hit-and-run incidents in the region has left officials wondering how to curb the trend.

If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident and need the assistance of a specialized personal injury lawyer, then Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin P.C. is here to help. We will walk you through the entire process and provide expert advice on how to alleviate the financial burdens that often follow these accidents. To schedule a consultation with a Boston hit-and-run lawyer, give us a call at 617-698-0253.

Personal-Injury Lawyer News: Transportation Authority Tightens Cellphone Ban

Texting while driving is the newest form of distraction on U.S. roadways, and it’s causing a surge in car accidents. Unfortunately, the problem might be more widespread than you imagine. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that between sunrise and sunset, there are 660,000 Americans texting behind the wheel at any given moment.

Apparently, this terrifying statistic includes our public bus drivers. At 7:30 a.m., Shanna Shaw was on her regular route as an MBTA driver. She’d been a bus driver since 1996.

While driving across an overpass, Shaw lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a guardrail and almost sent the bus tumbling over the edge, onto a highway. Eight of her passengers were injured in the accident, and several accused her of texting on her phone just before the crash.

Police Say Shaw Lied About Texting and Driving

Not long after the accident, Boston.com reported that investigators caught Shaw lying about using her cellphone. Her version of events differed from her passengers’ accounts in that she said she suffered a sneezing fit, which led to the accident.

Shaw stuck to her story until investigators told her they had footage of her texting and driving, which they’d recovered from the bus’s onboard camera. That’s when they decided to charge her with obstruction of justice. She faces several other charges because of the incident.

Although she’s since pleaded not guilty to the charges against her, Shaw has already lost her driver’s license, and the MBTA fired her for texting and driving.

Most states have strict laws against cellphone use for bus drivers, because they are responsible for so many passengers every single day. Massachusetts law prohibits bus drivers from using cellphones at any point during their workday. These rules went into effect after a trolley driver injured 60 passengers while texting and driving.

If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver in Boston, you’ll need an experienced personal-injury lawyer to help you file for the compensation you deserve. There is no excuse for knowingly endangering other drivers, and we are proud to stand up for victims of negligence.

At Colucci, Colucci, Marcus & Flavin, we specialize in distracted-driving lawsuits. To arrange a case evaluation with a personal-injury attorney from our firm, call us today at (617) 698-6000.

The MBTA Strengthened Its Cellphone Ban After the Accident

WCVB News reports that the transportation authority is taking a new approach to the issue. Previously, drivers who had cellphones with them while operating a vehicle would face a 10-day suspension. Now, they will most likely be fired just for carrying a phone in their pocket or purse. The newest policy is one of the toughest in the country.

If you’re looking for a reliable personal-injury lawyer in Boston, don’t wait to contact us. To learn more about our services, please call (617) 698-6000.