Articles Posted in Car Accidents

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Hollaway v. Direct Gen. Ins. Co. of Miss., Inc., a case from the Supreme Court of Kentucky, involved a car accident in the parking lot of an apartment complex where the vehicles were both traveling at very low speeds. There were differing accounts of what actually happened in this car accident.

parking lotOne party testified that he was driving a friend’s car with that friend in the passenger seat at the time. At this point, both occupants of the car noticed another vehicle backing out of a parking space about 25 feet from them.  They further testified that they stopped their vehicle to allow the other party to continue to back his vehicle out of his spot.  However, they then claimed the other driver turned towards them as he was backing out and did not stop driving until the rear of that vehicle crashed smashed into the front of their vehicle. The driver claimed there was no way to get out of the way of the other car as it was reversing towards them. Continue reading

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Traveling by bus is generally pretty safe. Millions of people do it without issue each year, and we know on the whole it’s safer than being in a car. Still, bus crashes do still happen and when they do, they tend to be catastrophic. That’s what reportedly happened recently in North Carolina.

According to NBC, a bus carrying a college football team crashed on a highway there. As of this writing, as least four are dead and 42 others are injured.  The bus driver is one of those who were killed in this fatal bus accident, as was the 10-year-old son of one of the coaches.

1198014_motorwayThis bus was transporting the football team from Clinton College in Rock Hill, South Carolina to University of God’s Chosen in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Authorities have said that while the bus was traveling at normal speeds, the driver lost control, and it veered into the median of the divided highway and crashed. Continue reading

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In Carter v. Reese, a truck driver was pulling this semi tractor-trailer into a loading dock at a contractor’s location.  He was supposed to drop off his empty trailer and pick up a new trailer.  He had attached the new trailer to his truck and was then trying to jump onto the loading dock so he could close the door on the trailer.  He could not do this until he pulled the truck way from the loading dock, as the door was open and the trailer was flush to the distribution center.

wheelchair5When he was trying to get on the loading dock to close the trailer door, he slipped and his leg fell between the trailer and the loading dock.  He was not in any pain, according to his testimony, but he was trapped between the truck and the loading dock, and he began to bang on the trailer and yell for help.  It took about ten minutes for someone to hear him. Continue reading

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There is no question that it is dangerous to drive a car while using your smart phone.  Whether you are sending a text, reading a text, checking your email, or doing any number of other things on your phone, you are statistically much more likely to be involved in a car accident that is your fault than if you are not using your smart phone while driving.  For this reason, many car accidents claims are filed against the drivers of these accidents.

1225930_mobile_phone_1However, according to a recent news feature from Inside Counsel, a trade publication for attorneys that work as in-house counsel for large corporations, victims of distracted driving car accidents are now filing lawsuits against the makers of specific apps that are alleged to be more dangerous and more likely to be the result of a distracting driving accident. Continue reading

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Tree work is among the most dangerous occupations in the United States.  Those involved in the business are constantly climbing trees (arborists), using bucket lifts, working with dangerous power tools and engaging in many other activities that can result in a serious personal injury.  However, some of their activities are not only dangerous to workers, but can be dangerous to those around the job site as well, such as homeowners and their children.

stump-1538702Among the most dangerous jobs is trimming trees and taking them down entirely.  When trimming a tree, a worker will use a wood chipper that be extremely dangerous.  Another piece of equipment that can result in serious personal injury is a stump grinder.  When someone cuts down a dead or unwanted tree, they can only cut so close to the ground with a chainsaw.  This means that the stump will still be there.  This is a problem for many reasons.  Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from FOX, at least eight people are dead and another 44 people suffered varying degrees of personal injury when a tour bus on a casino trip was involved in a rollover accident.

babel-movie-1359973Authorities say the bus operator was driving at highway speeds on Interstate 83 in Texas when he lost control of his commercial motor vehicle.  After losing control, the bus veered off course and then violently rolled over.  The driver was among the survivors of this horrific traffic accident. Continue reading

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Anyone who been to Boston and spent time seeing the city has probably seen the Duck Boats giving tours around the streets and in the Charles River. The Duck Boats are salvaged United States Army amphibious assault craft developed for use in World War II.  The boats were official called DUKWs, but were commonly referred to as “Ducks” or “Duck Boats.”

boston-8-1564748These boats are designed so they can drive on the street like a troop transport truck, and then the driver can get out and lock the hubs, similar to how an old Jeep would get into four wheel drive.  Once the hubs are locked, the vehicle could drive into the water and a propeller would drive the boat forward.  The United States military ordered thousands of them for service during the war.  Continue reading

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Every day, tens of thousands of people ride public transportation in the greater Boston area.  While it is generally safe to ride on the T, accidents do happen, and sometimes they are the fault of the driver or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). If an accident occurs and results in a personal injury, and that accident was the fault of a bus operator, you may have valid case for a full an appropriate financial recovery.

903140_road_signsOf course the MBTA is not the only major transit system in the country.  In New York City, there is the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), and according to a recent news feature from the New York Post, a man was just awarded $12.5 million in connection with a bus accident lawsuit. Continue reading

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Snaras v. Richard Lundgren, a recent summary decision from the Massachusetts Court of Appeals involves a wrongful death claim that was dismissed after a motion for summary judgment was allowed in favor of the defendant.

parking-lot-1450508In this case, defendant gave a loaner vehicle to a person who was having his car serviced.  When he got the loaner vehicle, he signed an agreement that said he was not an agent of the defendant, and was not an employee or servant of the defendant in anyway.  He also agreed that while driving the service loaner vehicle he would not carry more than five passengers and would comply with all local, state, and federal laws.  He agreed that he shall be responsible for any violations, and not the defendant. This particular agreement was signed by the defendant, but it was not ever signed by this third party who borrowed the loaner vehicle. Continue reading

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Whenever we walk on the street or even drive down a highway, we frequently come across metal manhole covers.  We don’t usually give much thought to them, but, as it turns out, they weigh over 200 pounds and can lead to serious personal injury or death in the event they come loose.  While, obviously, it is possible for someone to fall in an uncovered manhole, the covers themselves can also be quite deadly if they are knocked loose by a car or truck.

manhole-cover-san-francisco-1496606-300x200According to a recent news feature from WPRI, a manhole cover that did, in fact, weigh 200 pounds, was knocked loose by a vehicle on Interstate 93 by the O’Neil Tunnel in Boston.  The manhole cover was then clipped by another vehicle and was launched into the air and came crashing through the windshield of a car moving at highway speeds.  Continue reading