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Car accidents can lead to serious, even life-altering injuries, which is why it is imperative for drivers to follow the rules of the road. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car crash, you need to contact a seasoned Massachusetts car accident attorney immediately. When someone causes an accident, they can be held accountable for their actions. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we have been helping car crash victims obtain the compensation they rightfully deserve for over 25 years and understand what it takes to advocate for your rights.

Two drivers were seriously injured in a collision that took place in Dudley earlier this week. The accident occurred on the bridge spanning the Quinebaug River. One vehicle was driven by a 22-year-old man from Southridge and the other was driven by a 68-year-old man from Woodstock, Connecticut. Both men were the only ones in their vehicles at the time of the wreck, and both were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Police have not yet released the names of the two men involved in the accident and the crash is still under investigation.

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Unfortunately, car accidents are a dime a dozen in Massachusetts. If you have sustained injuries in a car accident, we can help you figure out your next steps. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our reputable Massachusetts car accident attorneys know how to handle even the most complex personal injury claims, including issues pertaining to insurance coverage. For over 25 years, we have vigorously fought for the rights of our clients and you can rest assured that we will do the same for you.

The Case

Victims of auto accidents often rely on insurance companies to compensate them for their losses. In Oliveira v. Commerce Insurance Company, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts recently had to figure out whether the plaintiff was a “household member” under the insurance policy. The plaintiff, a passenger in the vehicle, sustained serious injuries after being involved in a car accident. He was in the hospital for several days and acquired hefty medical bills amounting to $40,000. He also suffered long-term disability. The plaintiff agreed to settle with the person driving the vehicle for the maximum amount of the driver’s insurance policy, which was $100,000.

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Road rage unnecessarily puts innocent people at risk while driving. People who cause accidents due to road rage should be held accountable for their actions. If you or your loved one has been hurt in a road rage accident, we can help. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our reputable Massachusetts car accident attorneys are committed to helping our clients recover the compensation they are rightfully owed for their injuries and losses.

An incident of road rage in Massachusetts left a 65-year-old man clinging to the hood of an SUV racing down a highway last week. It started as a minor sideswipe and the driver of the SUV was allegedly unwilling to settle the matter with the elderly man and decided to speed off. Before he could get away though, the older man jumped onto the hood of the SUV and held on as the SUV driver drove down the turnpike accelerating, at times, up to 70 mph at time and then decelerating. The SUV driver was stopped by others on the road, one person going so far as to point a gun at the SUV driver in an effort to get him to stop the car. Both men were arrested, the SUV driver for assault with a dangerous weapon, negligent operation and leaving the scene of a crash while the 65-year-old man faces a disorderly conduct charge.

What is Road Rage? 

Road rage is a term used to describe aggressive, sometimes violent tendencies that drivers may exhibit behind the wheel. In some cases, road rage leads to an altercation between two drivers and, in other cases, it can lead to terrible accidents. Common examples of road rage include but are not limited to:

  • Tailgating;
  • Sudden braking or accelerating;
  • Cutting of other vehicles;
  • Rude gestures or physical threats;
  • Excessive use or horns or lights;
  • Running a red light or stop sign.

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If you have been injured or your loved one has been unexpectedly killed in an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., our trusted and hardworking Massachusetts personal injury attorneys know how to handle even the most complicated accident claims.

The Case

In Dubuque v. Cumberland Farms, Inc., the Massachusetts Court of Appeals affirmed the remitter of a $32 million award to a $20 million award to the husband of a woman who was killed by a speeding SUV. According to court documents, the woman was struck and killed as she walking into a grocery store by the vehicle, which had raced across an intersection and crashed into the front of the store. The woman died instantly.

Unfortunately, storefront crashes are more common than you may think. According to the Storefront Safety Council, in excess of 500 individuals are killed and approximately 3,6000 people are injured in accidents as a result of motorists driving into storefronts each year.

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Even though they are not main roads, parking lots have their own right-of-way rules which drivers are required to adhere to. When drivers are careless or not paying attention, serious parking lot accidents can result. If you have suffered an injury in a parking lot crash, it is imperative to contact an experienced Massachusetts injury attorney who can help. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are dedicated to assisting victims of car accidents in the recovery of any damages they are rightfully owed.

Parking Lot Crashes

According to the American Automobile Association, approximately 14 percent of car accidents take place in parking lots. These wrecks can range in severity. Some are minor incidents such as fender benders, opening a car door and striking another vehicle, while others are much more severe and may involve striking someone with a car or backing into another vehicle at a relatively high speed. The risk of a parking lot accident is even higher during the holiday season when people are swarming to malls and shopping centers. In addition, with severe winters in Massachusetts, it is possible for parking lot accidents to involve snowplows.

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Pedestrian accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and, in the most serious cases, death. If you have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident caused by a motorist’s negligence, let our skilled Massachusetts personal injury attorneys handle the case. At The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we are committed to protecting the rights of our clients and helping them secure the maximum possible compensation in their cases. There are strict time limits in all personal injury cases so it is imperative to act as quickly as possible after an accident.

A Boston woman is facing multiple charges in connection with a deadly pedestrian wreck in Revere that took the life of a 5-year-old and left five others injured. Law enforcement states that the woman was driving an SUV when her automobile veered off the road and into a median strip that divides the highway. The pedestrians were reportedly strolling alongside the grass median strip at the time that they were struck. Many of the victims were rushed to the hospital, including a two-month-old girl who ended up in the hospital’s intensive care unit. Prosecutors stated in court that the woman had been drinking earlier in the day and taken a sleep aid as well as a drug to relax her muscles the night before. They claimed the driver had also confessed to vaping CBD oil in the SUV and said she may have dozed off behind the wheel.

Liability for a Pedestrian Accident

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 wickedlocal.com 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.

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.