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Why does summer lead to more car accidents than winter?

When a blizzard or an ice storm rolls into Massachusetts during the winter, it is easy to imagine that the coldest months of the year are also the most dangerous months to drive. That ice and snow on the road often send vehicles spinning out of control, it makes it far harder to stop when something unexpected happens and storms even make it harder to simply see the lines on the road.

However, as dangerous as winter can be, the statistics paint a different picture. The most deadly car accidents tend to happen in October, August, June, July and September. It is clear that the summer and early fall carry the greatest risk, even if the roads remain clear. Why is this?

Riding a bike? Don’t forget these safety tips

If you enjoy riding your bike, you don't want to avoid doing so because of safety concerns. Instead, you need to learn more about what could go wrong to prevent trouble at every turn of the road.

Although you don't have any control over drivers and other pedestrians, there are still steps you can take to boost your overall level of safety. Here are five tips to keep in mind:

  • Watch for opening doors. You spend so much time watching out for moving vehicles that you forget one thing: Someone could open a car door into your path. If this happens and you're unable to swerve, you could strike the door head on.
  • Watch for cars turning in front of you. As a vehicle passes by you, take into consideration that they may immediately attempt to turn back in front of your face to get to where they're going. If you're not aware of this, you could ride yourself right into an accident.
  • Don't spook pedestrians. It's best to pass behind pedestrians, as going in front of them can lead to someone making a quick move and causing an accident. When you travel behind pedestrians, there is no question about who has the right of way.
  • Use hand signals and eye contact to communicate with drivers. You always want motor vehicle drivers to know what you're doing, and the best way of doing so is with hand signals and exaggerated eye contact.
  • Use the bike lane, if available. You may think you are safest when riding on a sidewalk, but this is very rarely the case. You should always use the bike lane. If one isn't available, drive among the cars, as this is where you will be safest.

How long does a mild brain injury take to heal?

When people suffer a blow to the head, they stand a pretty decent chance of suffering some form of brain injury, even if it is only a mild form. In some cases, extremely mild brain injuries may disorient individuals for a short time before they return to their previous levels of mental clarity.

A large percentage of those who receive blows to the head suffer some form of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), which may cause numerous symptoms that range from inconvenient to debilitating. If you recently suffered a blow to the head, you should prioritize seeking out professional medical treatment from an experienced attorney as soon as you can. You may avoid many of the frustrations of recovering from a mild TBI.


On Friday, June 16, 2017 at approximately 9:45 p.m., the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority's high-speed ferry, Iyanough, crashed into a jetty at the Hyannis Harbor entrance.  The ferry was reported by the Steamship Authority to be travelling at approximately 32 knots, or 38 miles per hour (the maximum allowable speed in that area) when it struck the jetty. The 48 passengers on board had no warning prior to the vessel striking the jetty.  One man who was on an outside stairway fell and suffered a head injury.  Many others onboard struck tables, walls and other objects upon the violent impact.  About 15 passengers were taken off the vessel and transported by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital where they were treated for a variety of injuries.  Goldberg & Weigand LLP has interviewed several of the passengers and we will be presenting claims against the Steamship Authority for some of the injured passengers.  For more information call Peter M. Goldberg at (508)775-9099 or email [email protected]

Construction accidents: Any type can be dangerous

Most construction workers enjoy their job, despite the fact that there are many risks associated with their employment.

Any type of construction accident has the potential to cause serious injury or even death. This is why employers and construction workers alike need to familiarize themselves with the steps they can take to reduce the risk of an accident.

10 frequently asked questions about traumatic brain injury

Suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can impact your entire life. Depending on the cause of the accident, you might opt to seek compensation. It is imperative that you understand some basic points about TBIs if you are involved in any accident.

4 things to do if someone else's dog bites your child

Children who are ages 5 years old to 9 years old are the leading victims of dog bites that cause serious injuries. In most cases, dog bites are to the face of children when the child is 10 years old or younger. These attacks often come as a shock to a child's parents, and it is easy to become so stressed that you aren't sure what to do when this happens to your child. If your child is bitten by a dog, there are four things you should do.

Largest increase in fatal traffic accidents on U.S. roads in decades

Recently, the government released data that indicates that there is a serious issue with safety on the roads and highways of the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 35,000 people died last year in traffic accidents. Based on this figure, the number of people who died from traffic accidents increased 7.2 percent from 2014 to 2015. The last time the percentage of traffic deaths increased so much in a single year was in 1966, when Lyndon B. Johnson served as president. 

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Imagine you've been in a serious motor vehicle accident caused by another driver. You've been injured and your car is totaled. Not only do you have to get medical treatment, but now you're without a car, your car needs an appraisal, and multiple insurance companies are calling you. Maybe you don't have collision coverage on your vehicle, or the other driver is uninsured. Maybe you're worried about how your medical bills are going to get paid, or whether or not you can even afford to seek treatment. Perhaps your doctor says you can't go back to work for days, weeks, or even months. You may be concerned that the insurance companies will try to take advantage of you. You may be tempted to accept a settlement that's offered quickly, but is inappropriately low (but how would you know?) or that doesn't consider your mounting medical bills while you're still being treated. It's overwhelming.

Can I sue retail establishments for injuries?

The answer is "yes." If you suffer an injury while shopping or receiving retail services, you are protected by laws requiring retailers to ensure anyone in, or on, their premises is safe from harm. If you are injured in a retail establishment, the property owner and/or manager may be liable.

However, you must prove that the store owner or manager was negligent in keeping their location safe. You must have evidence showing that the owner/manager was aware of the issue causing your accident and did not address it or warn visitors of the hazard.

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