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Plea change in fatal motorcycle accident

Motorcycle enthusiasts often talk about the sense of freedom they feel when riding their vehicles. They also surely know of the associated risks that can come with this type of activity. The impending warm weather means that many more motorcycle riders will be taking to the open road. They have less protection than occupants of passenger vehicles, and because of this, they tend to suffer much more serious injuries if a crash occurs. This was the case in a fatal motorcycle accident here in Massachusetts a while back, and now the man being blamed has changed his plea in the criminal case against him.

The crash happened when a motorcyclist was killed after a truck driver swerved into his lane. The truck hit the motorcycle head-on and the rider died at the scene. Authorities claim that the truck driver was driving under the influence, with a blood alcohol content that was over twice the legal limit.

Animal bite: Loose dog attacks children and an adult

People here in Massachusetts who own pets generally love them and often consider them to be members of the family. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean that domesticated animals won't ever attack anyone. An animal bite can result in serious injuries and, in extreme cases, even prove fatal. Authorities are currently investigating a case in which a dog bit several children and one adult, and they are trying to determine why the animal attacked.

The incident happened on a recent morning in another state. A German shepherd got away from its owner while on a walk and ran to several different businesses. Authorities say that the dog went into a middle school and a supermarket but did not bite anyone before leaving both places. It was first reported in a nearby fast food restaurant parking lot. The restaurant is across the street from a middle school.

News anchor files premises liability claim

The cold weather brings a great deal of problems with it. Poor driving conditions, risk of frostbite, and a rise in colds and the flu are just some of the things Massachusetts families have to contend with during the winter. One other common problem is the raised risk of slip and fall accidents due to snow and ice. These kinds of accidents can greatly injure a person, resulting in medical costs, physical injury and more. An out-of-state news anchor is dealing with a premises liability claim after he says that the state capitol failed to properly treat an icy sidewalk where he fell and injured himself.

The news anchor says that when he visited the state capitol to conduct an interview with the governor, he did not expect to get hurt. He said that he saw what he thought was salt on the sidewalk, leading him to believe that it was safe to use. He alleges that when he stepped onto the curb, his feet flew out from under him and that he had a very hard fall.

Police warn flying snow and ice can cause motor vehicle accidents

Normally, when the subject of car crashes comes up, it brings to mind thoughts of reckless or intoxicated motorists. However, Massachusetts police are warning of another possible catalyst for motor vehicle accidents – flying snow and ice. Officers recently spent a great deal of time warning drivers of the possible risks.

Authorities say that several recent car accidents have been caused by snow and ice flying off of vehicles that were not properly cleaned before being driven. The recent major snow storm and the rising temperatures that followed it created ice on several vehicles. That ice can fly off of one vehicle and hit another, causing damage and raising the possibility of an accident. The police dispensed several warnings to drivers of vehicles they thought could pose this kind of threat. Many motorists were reportedly unaware of any danger.

Slip-and-fall accident due to snow can mean premises liability

Recent snow storms across the nation have inhibited people in many ways. Here in Massachusetts and other states that are prone to snow, residents may have to deal with travel delays, school closures or even car accidents. One problem many may not have considered is injuries from slip-and-fall accidents that occur on someone's property. Whether the property is commercial or residential, it can still mean a world of trouble for the owner and a potential premises liability claim to contend with once the snow has long gone.

Most people recognize that winter weather means that driveways and walkways need to be shoveled. Many cities require property owners to remove snow within one day of it falling. Those who do not may face a fine for failing to uphold their responsibilities as property owners. Different areas have different laws, but one example is an ordinance that says all snow and ice must be cleared from the whole sidewalk so that anyone of any physical condition can use it.

Man facing multiple charges after dog bite incident

People here in Massachusetts and all over the country have pets, and usually they are considered part of the family. Pet owners might assume that their beloved pet would never hurt anyone, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. Owners are expected to take responsibility for their dog or other pet if it bites someone unprovoked and causes any injury. A recent out-of-state incident highlights exactly what can happen in a dog bite case.

A man is now facing multiple charges after his dog allegedly bit a young child. The incident happened on an evening in November last year, though the criminal charges were recently filed. The man is accused of several misdemeanors, including cruel treatment to animals, failure to quarantine and violation of owner duties. The child in this case was 4 years old, and the dog is reportedly a pit bull terrier.

Impairment suspected in car accident that injured 2

The influence of drugs can have a substantial impact on one's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Those who get behind the wheel of a car while impaired may be much less capable of handling a variety of driving scenarios, and they may increase the chances that a dangerous crash could occur in the process. A recent car accident involving an impaired driver has left two individuals with injuries in Massachusetts.

The incident is said to have taken place just after 12 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. According to police, the crash occurred when the driver of a car suddenly veered into an oncoming lane and struck another vehicle head-on. The other driver reportedly became trapped within her vehicle and after being rescued by emergency responders, she was rushed to a hospital for medical care.

Chance of a distracted driving car accident higher at Christmas

Distracted driving is a serious problem in Massachusetts, and it is one of the most significant safety concerns for motorists in the state and across the country. Despite most drivers being well-aware that distraction is risky and greatly increases the chance of a car accident, people still engage in this dangerous behavior. The problem of distracted driving only increases during the busy holiday season.

There is data to suggest that drivers are more likely to look at Facebook, answer a text or check social media during the holiday season. In fact, a recent study suggests that distraction may jump by as much as 33 percent during this time of year. One reason for this is that more people are traveling during this season, and they may be more likely to check in and send texts about their status and expected arrival time.

Several injured, 1 killed in car accident in Massachusetts

There are a multitude of scenarios in which a collision may occur and each incident runs the unfortunate risk of ending in catastrophe. Many accidents occur when drivers lose control and enter the wrong lane of traffic, subsequently leaving other drivers nearby with little time to respond. A recent car accident involving similar circumstances in Massachusetts has injured several individuals and claimed the life of a 21-year-old woman.

Law enforcement agents advised that the accident occurred on Thanksgiving Day. According to reports, a driver suddenly lost control of his car and veered into an oncoming lane before striking another vehicle. The driver of the car was rushed to a hospital for treatment of severe injuries soon thereafter, while his passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Boston thinking about lowering the speed limit

How big of dangers pedestrians face when out on the roads is affected by many things. This includes how fast the vehicles around them are going.

So, what the speeds limits are in pedestrian-heavy areas is a very important issue.

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