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Drunk driving is a serious problem in Massachusetts and across the United States. Intoxicated drivers pose a serious threat to everyone else on the road. If you have been injured or someone close to you has been killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be able to sue the at-fault driver. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our skilled Massachusetts injury lawyers are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the harm that they cause and obtaining justice and compensation for injured victims, as well as their families.

The Stats For Massachusetts 

According to a MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) rating, Massachusetts ranks 36th in the nation for the number of drunk driving traffic fatalities. 31% of fatal auto accidents in the state are associated with drunk driving, and 119 individuals died as a result of driving under the influence in 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collected data over a longer period of time, noting that 1370 people died in Massachusetts vehicle accidents that involved a drunk driver between 2003 and 2012. While the national percentage of adults who reported driving after drinking too much over one thirty-day period in 2012 was 1.9, respondents from Massachusetts clocked in at 2.2%, a concerning result, given the number of people anticipated to be driving on state roads this holiday season.

If you are involved in a chain-reaction auto accident, you may have suffered serious harm, and you may have many questions: What should I do next? How can I go about getting a fair payout for the damages I suffered? You are likely contemplating these serious questions while also dealing with the painful after-effects of the accident itself, as well as collateral consequences like having missed work for a time. If you have suffered injuries in a situation like this, you should focus on your personal recovery and consider retaining a skilled Massachusetts injury attorney who can pursue your recovery of damages in court.

Chain-Reaction Accidents

Earlier this year, the online news site reported on an accident that took place here in Plymouth County. The accident occurred after a minivan, driven by a 54-year-old woman, allegedly slowed or stopped to make a left turn off Route 104 in Bridgewater. A pick-up truck, driven by a 29-year-old woman, was behind the minivan and purportedly did not stop in time, rear-ending the lead vehicle. That impact pushed the van into oncoming traffic. The van side-swiped an SUV and then crashed head-on into a sedan. The drivers of the truck, the van and the sedan were all taken to hospitals with “non-life-threatening” injuries. The police cited the driver of the truck for following too closely.

The days surrounding Thanksgiving are some of the most dangerous to be on the road. Unfortunately, drivers are often tired, distracted and sometimes even intoxicated behind the wheel. These factors can significantly increase the chance of accident on the road. If you or a loved one was hurt in an auto accident over Thanksgiving, you may be able to make a financial recovery for your losses. At The Law Offices Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are committed to protecting the rights of clients in even the most complex Massachusetts personal injury cases.

This past Thanksgiving was the most heavily-trafficked in more than a dozen years, with over 48.5 million motorists on the road over between Thanksgiving day and Sunday, November 25, according to the American Automobile Association. This was an increase of 2.5 million cars over 2017. This holiday weekend is typically a dangerous weekend for motorists, as accident and injury rates are higher than usual.

Sadly, one Bedford woman was killed on Thanksgiving Day in a head-on collision. Law enforcement say that a 21-year-old man driving a Toyota Corolla reportedly lost control of the car and hit a Honda CR-V that was traveling in the opposite direction. The woman who died was a passenger in the Corolla. Police believe that speed was a factor in the accident although the investigation is ongoing.

When large commercial trucks roll over, they become a serious hazard to everyone else on the road. If you were hurt or your loved one was killed in a truck rollover accident, you may have the right to financial compensation for your injuries. The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. is a skilled Massachusetts truck accident law firm that is dedicated to helping truck accident victims and their families. Our team is here to provide you with the support you need, as well as relentless advocacy at every stage of the legal process.

Truck Rollover Accidents

A truck rollover accident is an accident in which the truck overturns onto its side or roof. Trucks are particularly prone to this kind of accident because they have such a high center of gravity. Rollover accidents can lead to devastating harm. While only 2.1 percent of crashes involve a rollover, rollover accidents accounted for nearly 35 percent of all deaths from passenger vehicle crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Data from the NHTSA also found that over half of all truck fatalities are due to rollover crashes. Truck rollover accidents can have a number of causes, including:

  • Improperly loaded vehicles;
  • Unsecured cargo and freight;
  • Tired drivers;
  • Unsafe lane changes;
  • Excessive speeding;
  • Insufficient truck maintenance.

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Lane splitting can lead to serious, even fatal, crashes. Motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable being injured in an accident, which is even more reason for these motorists to follow the rules of the road and drive in a safe manner. If you have been injured in an accident involving lane splitting, you may have the right to financial recovery. With years of experience, The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. is a diligent Massachusetts motorcycle accident law firm that will tirelessly advocate for your rights to maximize your chances of obtaining full and fair damages in your case.

Lane Splitting Accidents

Lane splitting, also known as lane sharing or white-lining, involves a motorcyclist driving between lanes of traffic. In other words, lane splitting is when a motorcycle does not stay in the right or left lane, but rather rides in the middle of the two lanes. Many times, drivers engage in this practice to pass other vehicles on the road. While lane splitting is legal in some states, it is prohibited under Massachusetts law, as it can significantly increase the risk of accidents on the road.

Liability in Motorcycle Accident Cases

When an accident takes place while a motorcycle is lane splitting, the fault of the accident may lie with the motorcycle rider himself or with the other driver. As mentioned above, Massachusetts’ law forbids lane splitting so the fact that the motorcycle was engaged in the practice may serve as evidence of negligence in a particular case. Negligence takes place when a person causes an accident and resulting injury by failing to use reasonable care behind the wheel. Reasonable care refers to the level of care and caution that a prudent person would have used under the same or similar circumstances.

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We all depend on our jobs to support ourselves and our families, which is why a Massachusetts workplace accident can have such a devastating physical, emotional and financial effect on a person’s life. If you have been injured or your family member has been killed in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The team at The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. thoroughly understands Massachusetts’ labor laws and can help you get the results you rightfully deserve.

A construction worker died last month in an elementary school as he was working on a septic tank after he was fatally hit by a crane. The incident took place at Willard Elementary School where emergency crews pronounced the 55-year-old man dead at the scene of the accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation into the matter but a preliminary investigation shows that the accident was caused by some sort of apparent mechanical failure. The man’s identity has not been released to the public.

Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation

Workers who are injured or become ill as a result of an accident at work may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits under Massachusetts law. The type of benefits an injured employee will be entitled to will depend heavily on the extent of the injuries sustained, but workers may receive benefits such as compensation for reasonable and necessary medical care; payment for lost wages; compensation for permanent loss of bodily function or disfigurement and vocational training. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, which means that the injured employee may be entitled to benefits regardless of who was to blame for the workplace accident.

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If you were injured in a car accident by a defective airbag, you need to contact a reputable Massachusetts injury attorney who can assist you in understanding your legal rights and options. With extensive experience, we are committed to getting our clients the justice and compensation they deserve after a car wreck. We know that dealing with an accident can be incredibly daunting but we are here to guide you through the legal process and answer any questions you may have along the way.

Liability in Defective Airbag Cases 

Products liability is an area of law in which manufacturers, distributers, suppliers and retailers can be held accountable for putting dangerous or defective products into the hands of a consumer. In the context of faulty airbags, these lawsuits against the airbag manufacturer allow individuals to seek meaningful compensation when they have suffered preventable injuries from faulty airbags. An individual who has been injured as a result of a defective product will typically have at least one of three claims: design defect, manufacturing defect or failure to warn.

Property owners have a legal obligation to make sure their property is in safe condition. Trip hazards can lead to dangerous falls that can cause serious and long-term injuries. If you or a loved one was injured in preventable trip and fall accident, you need to consult a seasoned Massachusetts personal injury lawyer who may be able to help you recover the damages you deserve. With a free consultation, we can help set you in the right direction.

Establishing Fault in Trip and Fall Cases

When negligence on the part of the property owner is the reason for a trip and fall accident, the accident victim may be able to recover damages through a premises liability claim. Property owners, managers and operators have a legal responsibility to keep their premises in reasonably safe and well-maintained conditions to prevent slip or trip and call accidents. Generally speaking, property owners have an obligation to make sure there are no dangerous conditions on the land that could cause injury. If such conditions exist and cannot be remedied immediately, the property owner should put up signs or a warning indicating visitors of the potential hazard. Premises liability cases are complex and we will need to examine the circumstances of your accident in order to determine the viability of your claim.

Head-on collisions can result in severe injuries, even death. If you or a loved one was hurt in a head-on collision with another vehicle, chances are you suffered a serious injury. Our experienced Massachusetts auto injury attorneys have an in-depth understanding of personal injury law and want to help you recover the maximum possible compensation for your harm. If we accept your case, we will begin investigating your accident immediately to get to the bottom of what happened.

Head-on Collisions

A head-on collision takes place when the front ends of two vehicles hit each other. In other words, a head-on collision is a crash of two vehicles moving directly toward each other. Head-on collisions typically happen in one of two ways: when a vehicle crosses the centerline or median or when a motorist drives the wrong way down the road.

An auto accident can be devastating depending on its severity. Not only do auto accidents result in physical injury much of the time, they can also result in significant property damage. If you have been injured in a sideswipe accident or any other type of accident, you need the help of a reputable Massachusetts personal injury attorney. You can take solace in the fact that we will defend your best interests against the at-fault party.

Sideswipe Collisions 

Sideswipe accidents take place when the sides of two parallel cars touch and swipe each other. Put another way, sideswipe accidents occur when the sides of two vehicles impact. These collisions can happen between vehicles travelling in the same direction as well as those travelling in opposite directions. While these accidents can occur anywhere, they commonly take place at intersections, in parking lots and on multilane roads when drivers make improper turns.