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Our Boston personal injury lawyers would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend.

fireworks12.jpgEach year, countless people flock to Boston to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Many will walk, ride the T, or drive down to the esplanade on the Charles River for a day of fun before watching the spectacular fireworks display. There are truly a lot of great activities and a lot of fun to be had. However, with so many people coming into the city, is imperative that everyone does their part to stay safe and injury free. Both drivers and pedestrians can take actions to help prevent injuries.

A recent article on CBS Boston shows just one example of a fatal traffic accident involving pedestrians that occurred in this part of town. According to reports, a 28-year-old man and his girlfriend were at the Charles River esplanade before heading down Beacon Street when two cars collided. One of the vehicles rolled from the force of the collision and hit the young couple. He died at the scene and she was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she later died. Lanzilotti was an employee of the Red Sox baseball organization, according to a team spokesperson. Boston Police continue to investigate this tragic accident but have not released any findings as of yet. Police are looking for anyone who may have witnessed the accident. People who live in the area told reporters that drivers frequently drive too fast in this area, and that may have contributed to the accident.
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The elderly victim of a recent Chicopee pedestrian accident has been identified as a retired city firefighter. According to The Republic, the 77-year-old man was hit by an SUV as he attempted to cross Grattan Street just before 7:00 p.m.
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The victim was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where he was later pronounced dead. Officers say that they’re still investigating, but believe that the heavy rain at the time of the accident may be a factor in the collision. No charges have been filed.

With the baby boom generation aging, we’re seeing a record number of U.S. elderly residents. With more than 77 million people born between 1946 and 1964, we’ve got serious issues regarding the lack of affordable and safe travel options for aging individuals. With more and more giving up their driving privileges, we’ve got to make sure that there are safe and convenient ways for them to get around, because no one wants to lose their independence. By 2015, more than 15.5 million Americans 65 and older will live in communities where public transportation service is poor or non-existent. That number is expected to continue to grow rapidly as the baby boom generation “ages in place” in suburbs and exurbs with few mobility options for those who do not drive.
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The bridge operator of the Meridian Street drawbridge was reportedly a good employee. At the time of the fatal accident, he had an excellent performance record and was known for following the rules and regulations.
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“I think he did all he thought he could do to make sure it was a safe opening,” said Joanne Massaro, commissioner of the city’s Public Works Department, which runs the bridge.

Our Boston pedestrian accident attorneys understand that there is a 20-step procedure to make sure that everyone gets through the drawbridge safely. This procedure helps to protect not only passing boats, but also the vehicles and pedestrians passing overhead. When the recent incident happened, the 34-year-old operator allowed a boat to pass on the Chelsea River. A woman from East Boston, who was on the bridge, fell and was crushed to death when the operator lowered it again after hearing her screams. According to witnesses, there were flashing lights and a loud foghorn set off before the bridge began to rise.
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In a recent downtown Boston accident, a pedestrian was seriously injured. According to 7NEWS, it happened at the intersection of Stuart and Berkeley Streets. The pedestrian was on the sidewalk when the accident happened. Officials report that it was the result of a chain reaction-type accident involving three vehicles. The pedestrian was transported to Mass General Hospital.
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Though the number of pedestrian fatalities fell from 5,585 in 1995 to 4,280 in 2010, there were an estimated 70,000 reported pedestrian injuries in 2010. While the decline is uplifting, it may be an illusion. Officials believe that hospital records aren’t even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to pedestrian accidents, injuries and fatalities as many are never even reported to the police.

Our Boston pedestrian accident lawyers understand that there are roughly 2 million pedestrians each and every day in the city of Boston. Less than 1 million call our city home, but when you factor in all of the workers and tourists to the area that number swells. With such a high number of people walking throughout our area, pedestrian safety is an issue of critical importance, according to the Boston Public Health Commission.
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The City of Boston is getting a gift aimed at safe traveling. According to Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the city has is the recipient of a $15.5 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant. The project has been dubbed the “Connect Historic Boston” initiative.
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What this project is going to do is to create attractive, safe, and easily navigated bicycle and pedestrian connections between the city’s historic treasures and the public transit system. The grant is creating the opportunity for big change in the way we look at alternative modes of transportation and is going to allow more people to experience the city’s rich history on a personal level. This project is expected to greatly help out local businesses and create a whole slew of new tourism-related jobs. It’s also a key in the city’s Greenovate Boston initiative, which is used to help encourage locals and visitors to cut down on greenhouse emissions by cutting down on motor vehicle traffic.

Our Boston pedestrian accident lawyers understand that with more on-foot and two-wheeled traffic, we can expect to see more of these accidents. Any increase in traffic comes with an increase in accident risks. That’s why officials are turning to the motoring public. As such a densely populated area, we’re asking all motorists to be on the lookout for bicyclists and pedestrians. It’s important to remember that we all have rights out there on our roadways, and it’s important that those rights are acknowledged!
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An unfortunate accident in Dorchester left two children seriously injured. According to the Boston Globe, the man is being charged for driving under the influence.

The at-fault driver reportedly struck the children as they attempted to use the crosswalk at the intersection of Dorchester and Talbot avenues at about 6:00 p.m. Accident reports indicate that the 28-year-old drive appeared to be intoxicated and he failed a number of sobriety tests. He has been charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating under the influence of drugs and operation after license suspension. The child pedestrians were transported to Boston Medical Center.
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Our Boston personal injury attorneys understand that our child pedestrians are most at risk. Whether drivers are intoxicated or not, many of them overlook children. To make it even worse, these young pedestrians don’t always understand the workings of traffic and unknowingly put themselves at risk. Sit down and talk with the child in your family and make sure they know how to act near vehicular traffic — their safety relies on it.

According to SafeKidsUSA, there were close to 400 children under the age of 14 who were killed each year since 2000 in pedestrian accidents. In 2009, there were about 244 child pedestrian fatalities recorded in the U.S. In addition, there were close to 15,000 child pedestrians injured in these same scenarios. Although this number is on the decline, we’re still losing way too many of our youngsters.

With spring break approaching, our children are going to be spending more time outside and spending more time in dangerous situations. The maturity level of children under the age of 10 makes them less able to correctly gauge road dangers and renders them at greater risk for injury and death.

Talk to your child about always using a crosswalk or a street corner to cross the road. Make sure they know to look in all directions before stepping out. They need to know to never assume that a driver sees them. Always make sure that children make eye contact with drivers before attempting to cross.

When you’re walking with your child, make sure to hold their hand. This goes for sidewalks, when crossing the street and even when walking in parking lots.

You should always beware when sending children to the bus stop. Make sure they know to wait at the bus at least 5 giant steps from the roadway. Make sure they’re in bright clothing so that motorists can see them more easily. If they’ve got to walk along a road that has no available sidewalks, make sure that they know to walk facing oncoming traffic as far from cars as possible. You also want to teach them that this is no time for horseplay. Always stay aware of your surroundings.
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In February of 2012 KHOU.com reported that two young people had died in a fatal car accident in August when they were driving a Ford F-150 truck. The youths were on their way back to school when the tread came apart on the front right tire of the vehicle.

As a result of the tread coming apart, the pickup truck began to skid sideways and then rolled over, killing its 21-year-old and 18-year-old passengers. In response to the incident, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. recalled 41,000 tires that were used on SUVs, vans and pickup trucks. Although the accident happened in August, it was not until February that Goodyear Tire & Rubber actually recalled the tires. 433016_tire_stack.jpg

The tragic accident raises some important questions on when a tire recall should occur. Our Boston injury attorneys believe that car manufacturers can and should take swift action if there is a potential danger associated with their tires. It is always better to err on the side of saving lives and car manufacturers should act promptly to make sure that they institute a recall as soon as they know there is an issue.

Making the Decision to Recall Tires
Following the August 2012 accident, Goodyear took action and instituted their recall because there was a chance that a small number of tires could tear and cause an accident. However, Goodyear did not act immediately and remove the tires from the market in August when the accident happened. Goodyear decided to recall the tires on February 16 and made plans to send notices to their customers about the recall by March 22.

Goodyear also limited the recall to only tires made during a 13-week period between March and June of 2009. Only six sizes were included in the recall. When writing a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about their proposed recall, Goodyear reportedly said that only a small number of tires would experience problems and only under a severe usage conditions.

Goodyear indicated that the reason for the delay in recalling the tires was because the tire company was conducting investigations of what had occurred. The results of this investigation may also have prompted Goodyear’s delay since they indicated to the NHTSA that they had discovered the tire had sustained damage from an external cause. Goodyear, therefore, may have been reluctant to take responsibility and to bear the costs of a recall, although they ultimately decided that the cost of a recall was better than the cost of warranty claims and potential lawsuits.

Unfortunately, while a more than six month delay after an accident seems like a long time to wait before recalling a potentially dangerous tire, Goodyear had actually waited even longer to take action. According to KHOU, Google had first seen an increase in warranty claims and property damage claims relating to the tires in May of 2010. This was 15-months before the fatal crash that led to the death of the two young people.

An attorney for the family of one of the young victims of the accident indicated that the crash might have been prevented if Goodyear had acted in a more timely manner once they started receiving property damage and warranty claims. Without this delay, if Goodyear had responded promptly to potential dangers, lives may have been saved.

Tire Manufacturers Should Take Prompt Action
This accident, and similar incidents where people have been hurt by a failure of a tire manufacturer to announce a danger, all indicate that it is better for companies to err on the side of caution and to warn the public as soon as a potential danger arises.

While companies do need to investigate to make sure that there actually is a link between their defective tires and the damages and accidents that are happening, these investigations should be swift and thorough and car manufacturers should take action as soon as possible in letting the public know of potential problems.
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A pedestrian accident in South Boston left an 81-year-old woman in the hospital.

According to ABC13, it all happened when the woman was stepping out of a local store. An 80-year-old driver hit the gas instead of the brake and slammed right into the elderly woman. Criminal charges are pending.
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During this time of the year, our parking lots are packed. Residents and visitors are enjoying their holidays and getting those seasonal errands done. They’re out grabbing the goodies for family dinners, they’re out getting those last minute holiday deals and they’re enjoying their much-needed vacation time. Unfortunately, we see a significant number of parking lot accidents during this time of the year.

Our Boston personal injury attorneys are asking you to be safe, whether you’re traveling on foot or you’re traveling behind the wheel. According to the National Safety Commission, you’ve got to be extra cautious when you’re in parking lots. You have to protect yourself from predators and you have to keep an eye out for pedestrians walking in the area.

Pulling in and backing out of parking spaces can be tricky. Our vehicles have significant blind spots in which a pedestrian can be overlooked. For this reason, it’s important for you to physically look around your car before putting it into reverse. You can’t rely on your mirrors in these cases.

On the other hand, pedestrians are warned to be cautious of the vehicles around them. As we stated before, drivers can easily overlook you. Never travel too closely to vehicles and keep an eye out for those reverse lights.

You face some pretty significant dangers getting to and from your vehicle in a parking lot, too. To help to keep you safe, here are some safety precautions that should be taken:

-Make sure that your keys are always in your hand and ready.

-Always know where you parked the car before entering the parking lot. You don’t want to be roaming around clueless.

-Scan the area for anyone who may appear suspicious.

-If there’s a large vehicle parked next to the driver’s side of your vehicle, do not hesitate to get in through the passenger side. Predators tend to linger in these large vehicles.

-Look around your vehicle before you get in. You want to make sure that no one is lurking around with bad intentions.

-Once you’re in the vehicle, lock the doors and focus on getting out of there safety. Avoid sitting in the vehicle and doing other things before getting a move on.

Parking lots can be dangerous. Take all of the necessary safety precautions to not only help to keep yourself safe, but to help to keep others safe as well. If you spot any suspicious activities, you’re urged to contact local authorities — but do so in a safe place!
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A pedestrian accident near Gillette Stadium left one driver behind bars.

According to CBS Boston, the accident happened just before 1:00 a.m. A state police officer was working detail at the New England Patriots game and was told by a passerby that there was an accident just down the road. The officer headed down Route 1 and saw a pedestrian lying in the middle of the road moaning in pain. The 30-year-old pedestrian had bruises, cuts and a broken leg.
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A trooper who was working a couple miles away saw a vehicle pass by with damage to the windshield and to the rear-view mirror. It was determined through police communication that this was the driver involved in the pedestrian accident back at the stadium. He was pulled over by the trooper and arrested from driving under the influence (for his second offense), leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation.

Our Foxboro pedestrian accident attorneys enjoy the crowds surrounding New England Patriot games. Pedestrian accidents are more common during the evening hours anyway. When there are more fans along our roadways, the risks for these kinds of accidents skyrocket.

In Massachusetts, there were close to 50 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents in 2009. Most of these fatalities could have been prevented if drivers were to just pay a little more attention behind the wheel — and stay sober too! There were another 110 people killed in car accidents over the year in crashes involving at least one driver who was drunk at the time of the accident.

Before, during and after football games, we’re asking everyone to be on the lookout. Fans will hitting our roadways (hopefully in celebration) and we have to make sure that our driving doesn’t cause a needless accident. Drive carefully, keep an eye out for walkers and bicyclists and do your part to avoid a tragedy.

Pedestrians are asked to be safe out there, too. Review the following safety tips from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

-Only cross in a crosswalk or at a street corner.

-Keep an eye out for turning vehicles.

-Remember that fluorescent colors are extremely visible to motorists.

-Wear reflectors or carry a flashlight when walking at night.

-Never assume that a driver sees you.

-Avoid engaging in distractions while walking. Keep your eyes on the road and the traffic around you.

-Watch for vehicles backing out of parking spaces.

-If there is no sidewalk, walk along the shoulder, facing the traffic.
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The Mayor of Boston, Thomas M. Menino, recently announced improvements to walkways and pathways to parks in downtown. Crews have already started working on the areas commonly traveled by pedestrians on Boston Common, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and the Public Garden.
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According to the City of Boston, crews will be starting on the walkways that need work the most. In some areas, entire swaths of these walkways will be repaired while other areas will be “sport treated.” In areas being “spot treated,” these walkways have some serious tripping hazards and even have problems with puddling during and after rain. These walkways will be fixed with “minimal disturbance” to vegetation in the area. Officials plan on keeping tree canopies as they’re critical to the health of the parks as well as the appeal to residents and visitors.

Our Boston personal injury attorneys understand that our city and property owners have a responsibility to keep sidewalks safe for residents and visitors. When this doesn’t happen — accidents do. Premises liability is the legal responsibility that property owners have for injuries that occur on their property due to slip and fall accidents. If someone slips, trips or falls because of a dangerous condition, then it’s usually the property owner who is responsible for the damages. In many cases, you’re able to collect medical expenses, pain and suffering and even compensation for lost work.

In most cases, construction crews will be adding a new layer of concrete. This is going to help to get the sidewalks back to an even surface. Where more work is needed, construction crews will go in and will repair the sub-base.

While these repairs are being made, pedestrians are asked to be careful. The one thing that might be worse than these aged sidewalks are the dangers presented with crews on the scene working to repair.

Mayor Menino is asking departments to start brainstorming on ways to help keep our sidewalks in good-working order. He says that the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be using the near $1 million capital project to help to make sure that the sidewalks and other walkways in the area will make it through the year.

In Boston Common, construction crews will be installing an filtration basin underneath the walkway. This park has seen a lot of issues with puddling and other water-related problems with the recent storms. This new system will help to drain storm water and help it seep into the ground so that pedestrians can walk along walkways now engulfed in puddles.

If you’re walking through the area, you’re going to see fencing and other signs of constrution. Statutes in the area will also be covered for preservation. Pedestrians might also run into plywood covering artworks and other obstructions.

Officials say that the entire project may not be completed until Spring 2013.
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