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The family of Andrew James Canada is suing the Victory Outreach Church for his wrongful death. Canada, 53, died when the church van he was in went off a highway. The driver of the van had been operating the vehicle with a suspended license.

The 15-passenger van lawsuit is alleging multiple counts of negligence. The family says the church should never have allowed him to drive the large vehicle.

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Several people were seriously hurt in a Somerville, MA multi-vehicle crash today. According to police, the collision occurred when a driver, age 56, suffered a medical incident, causing her to crash her vehicle into a Honda Civic, which burst into flames. The 26-year-old Medford driver of the Honda was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The initial traffic crash caused a chain-reaction that involved three other vehicles. Fortunately, the drivers of those cars were not hurt. However, a 16-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car. He was also taken to the hospital for his injuries.

On Thursday, a 62-year-old woman was injured in a Winthrop pedestrian accident when she was struck by an alleged drunken driver who ran a red light and drove onto the sidewalk, striking the victim and a tree. Police say that they found open alcohol bottles in the vehicle, along with two children, an infant and a 6-year-old.

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A 68-year-old woman was killed on Wednesday after she was struck in a Boston-tractor trailer crash. She was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where she died from her injuries.

No charges were filed against the 38-year-old Saugus truck driver. Witnesses say that the woman appears to have been crossing against the light. The investigation, however, is still open.

Also Wednesday, 65-year-old Marcia Deihl sustained fatal injuries in a Cambridge dump truck crash. The bicyclist was leaving a Whole Foods Market parking lot when she was struck. Diehl was pronounced dead at the Massachusetts bicycle accident site.

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Theresa Suprenant, 22, sustained fatal injuries in a New Bedford car crash over the weekend when the vehicle in which she was a passenger, a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, struck a guardrail and rolled over. Suprenant was ejected from the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, a 19-year-old woman, had swerved to avoid striking snow in the roadway. The Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit are among those investigating. No charges have been filed.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is ordering Takata Corp. to preserve air bag inflators that were removed during the manufacturer’s recall process. The NHTSA wants the evidence kept for both its own probe and for any air bag defect lawsuits. Dozens of injuries and at least five fatalities have been linked to the safety issue.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that NHTSA would upgrade the Takata probe to an engineering analysis. This should help determine the actual cause of the air bag failure, as well as whether Takata refused to tell the government agency about the safety defect and violated safety laws and rules.

In the last seven years, car manufacturers have recalled some 17 million autos because they came with Takata air bags. The safety devices are at risk of rupturing upon deployment, which may cause them to spit out sharp fragments that can lead to serious injury or prove fatal. Just last year, BMW, Honda, Chrysler, Mazda, and Ford issued national recalls over defective Takata air bags located on the driver side of many of their vehicles. Toyota, Subaru, General Motors, Nissan, and Mitsubishi later joined these manufacturers in recalling autos with possibly defective passenger-side air bags. The affected vehicles were located in geographic areas that experience high absolute humidity on a regular basis.

Meantime, Takata is testing the air bag inflators to figure out the extent of the defect and what is causing the ruptures. The tests are being conducted under NHTSA supervision.

Already, thousands of air bags have been tested. However, there appears to be no evidence that the defect that is passenger-side air bags is impacting vehicles in non-high humidity regions.

Please contact our Boston air bag defect lawyer if you or someone you love was seriously injured in a Massachusetts car accident and you think that the vehicle’s air bag malfunctioned, failed to deploy, deployed when it shouldn’t have, or exploded during deployment. Air bag malfunctions can also occur even when the vehicle wasn’t involved in a collision.

Air bags are supposed to protect passengers during a crash and if they fail to do that, the manufacturer, seller, distributor, or others can be held liable for Massachusetts auto products liability.

This week, Honda Motor Co.’s president said he would step down because of the massive recalls its company had to make because of Takata air bags.

Massachusetts Air Bag Defects
Air bag defects also have impacted safety devices made by companies other than Takata. Common air bag safety issues:

• Air bags that deploy too fast and expand too far out into the vehicle
• Airbags that are too big for deployment inside a vehicle
• Air bags that become untethered during deployment
• Airbag that deploy during a low-speed collision, when they should not have gone off at all.
• System failures
• Delayed deployment, usually after impact.

U.S Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces Order to Preserve Defective Takata Air Bag Inflators for Ongoing Federal Investigation, NHTSA, February 25, 2015

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“What if your car warned you seconds before an accident, giving you enough time to swerve or slam on the brakes—maybe even save your life?”

That’s exactly the promise Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication technology is promising to drivers. The breakthrough technology seeks to enhance safety on roadways, and according to the MIT Technological Review, we could be seeing the new software in cars as early as 2017.

According to an article published by Boston.com, the number of car crashes has steadily declined (with the exception of 2012) since 2006.

Advocates of the new technology believe that the number of deaths will only decrease once the new technology has been implemented into cars. Once fully functional the V2V system will connect drivers travelling near each other, allowing cars to gather information on what the other car is doing even if the driver can’t see them or is not paying attention. Debra Bezzina, senior project manager for UMTRI, says the new technology seeks to target 82% of collisions—which would garner a major impact for drivers.
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It’s a warning most adult drivers have engrained in the heads: “Don’t drink and drive.”

The nation’s decades-long campaign against drunk driving has proven effective in making roadways safer, but a new study finds that as drunken driving has decreases, drugged driving continues to increase. With the decriminalization of marijuana in some states, including in Massachusetts, and illicit drug use at an all-time high, drug-intoxication on roadways seems to be more prominent. This news has prompted safety watchdogs as well as lawmakers to raise new questions on how to make roadways safer. Groundbreaking new studies studies released by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have broken down the data.

Published by the NHTSA, the Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers study uncovered the number of drivers with alcohol in their system has declined by nearly one-third since 2007, and by more than three-quarters since the first Roadside Survey was published back in 1973. And while these numbers reflect progress made combatting unsafe drivers, the same survey found a drastic increase in the number of drivers found using marijuana and illegal substances while driving. In a 2014, for example, nearly 25% of drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could affect their ability to drive.

In a press statement, NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind said, “America made drunk driving a national issue and while there is no victory as long as a single American dies in an alcohol-related crash, a one-third reduction in alcohol use over just seven years shows how a focused effort and cooperation among the federal government, states and communities, law enforcement, safety advocates and industry can make an enormous difference. At the same time, the latest Roadside Survey raises significant questions about drug use and highway safety. The rising prevalence of marijuana and other drugs is a challenge to everyone who is dedicated to saving lives and reducing crashes.”
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Even after Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.56 million Jeeps in 2013 in the wake of mounting pressure from U.S. safety regulars, the Associated Press reports that there continues to be related incidents involving car fires and fatalities. The safety issue involves the vehicles’ plastic fuel tanks that are in the back of the rear axel.

The tanks don’t have much structure to protect themselves from getting hit from behind, which places them at risk of tank punctures and fires. To fix the safety issue, Chrysler is supposed to install trailer hitches behind the Jeeps to add more protection.

However, since the recall, only 12% of the recalled sport utility vehicles have been repaired, with some Jeep owners claiming they’ve had problems when they tried to get the fixes completed. Also, notes the AP, government tests demonstrate that the hitches do protect the tanks during car crashes but only if the Jeep is stationary and the vehicle striking it from behind was moving at no more than 40 mph.

Reports that Jeep fires were occurring have been coming in since the late ’90s, but it wasn’t until 2010 when the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration started probing the claims. It tried recalling 2.7 million older Jeep Libertys and Grand Cherokees linked to 51 fire fatalities. That figure was later changed to over 70 deaths. Chrysler pushed back on the request, and eventually the recall was reduced to 1.56 million jeeps with another 1.2 million earmarked for inspection. Already numerous auto products liability lawsuits have been filed.

If you were injured in a traffic crash that you believed was caused at least in part by an auto defect, you should speak with a Boston car accident lawyer right away. If the accident involved a Jeep fuel tank, you may have reason to pursue a Jeep fuel tank injury lawsuit against the automaker, seller, or distributer. If a negligent driver was involved you also may be able to file a Massachusetts car accident claim.

Fires, Deaths Continue After Jeep Fuel Tank Recall, ABC News/AP, February 11, 2015

NHTSA Statement on Chrysler Announcement Regarding Action on 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys, NHTSA

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Massachusetts Roofs Collapse in Wake of Ice, Snow, Storms, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, February 19, 2015

Massachusetts Nursing Assistants Sustain Back Injuries, Repetitive Trauma, Other Work Injuries, Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Lawyer, February 12, 2015

Tow Truck Driver Fatally Struck on Massachusetts Turnpike While Helping A Disabled Vehicle, Boston Car Accident Lawyer Blog, February 13, 2015

A Southbridge tow truck driver was killed on Wednesday after he was struck by a box truck while helping a disabled vehicle on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The driver, 22-year-old Kevin St. Pierre, was preparing to tow a car that had a flat tire when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The driver of the box truck has not been criminally charged.

In the Telegram & Gazette, Statewide Towing Association executive director Kim Lowell in Southboro is quoted as saying that every five days in the United States a tow truck driver is killed. Nearly 90% of the deaths are fatal and almost all incidents take place on limited-access highways.

Tow truck driver deaths continue to happen despite the state’s Move Over Law, which requires that drivers slow down or move to the next free lane as they approach a maintenance or emergency vehicle that is stopped on the road. State troopers in Massachusetts have also been killed on the job after being struck while providing roadside help. Often, these workers, like pedestrians, are fully exposed and vulnerable to injury. They have nothing to protect them from the impact of a collision with a fast-moving vehicle. The outcome may prove catastrophic.

If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a Boston tow truck crash you should speak with our Massachusetts car accident lawyer right away. If you are a tow driver who was injured on the job, you may be able to file for Massachusetts workers’ compensation benefits. If it was your loved one who died, you are likely entitled to death benefits from the employer. There also may be other liable parties that you should sue for damages.


After fatal crash, drivers are reminded to heed Move Over Law
, Telegram.com, February 12, 2015

Massachusetts’ Move Over Law, Mass.gov (PDF)

Tow truck driver struck, killed on Massachusetts Turnpike, WCVB, February 11, 2015

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Products Liability Lawsuit Sues Babies R Us, Manufacturer, for Sisters’ Furniture Defect Deaths, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, February 11, 2015

Johnson & Johnson Settles Four Transvaginal Mesh Cases, Massachusetts Drug Injury Lawyers Blog, February 6, 2015

One passenger was injured in a Braintree, MA train accident on Wednesday. The incident happened when a commuter train hit the cab of a tractor-trailer after the truck’s wheels had gotten stuck on the track. Fortunately the trucker was able to jump out of the vehicle in time.

Some 60 people were in the train when the crash happened. According to CBS Boston, the injured train passenger, who reported back pain, was transported to the hospital.

In Massachusetts, our Boston train crash lawyers represent passengers and vehicle occupants with injury and wrongful death claims. Contact Altman & Altman, LLP today.

Train collisions are often catastrophic. With this type of accident you want to make sure you are represented by an experienced Massachusetts train accident law firm.

Also this week, five train passengers and an SUV driver died when the sport utility vehicle moved into the path of a metro train in New York. The driver, Ellen Brody, and five train passengers died. Over a dozen others were injured.

One witness said that the SUV’s rear window was struck by the gate at a crossing station. Brody appears to have tried getting out of the way of the oncoming train but failed. The National Transportation Safety Board is examining the rail cars “crashworthiness.” Driver error is also under consideration as a factor. During the train-car crash, part of the electrified third rail perforated the first two train cars.

Earlier this month, a California train accident killed one man when the pickup truck he was driving was hit by a railroad maintenance vehicle. The trucker died minutes later.
Investigators are trying to determine why the cross bars and warning signs did not go off at the train crossing.

You want to work with a Boston train accident law firm that knows how train accidents happen and who should be held liable. If you are a worker injured in a train crash you should also speak with our lawyers to explore your legal options and ensure you get all of the work injury benefits that you are owed.

1 injured after train crash in Braintree, My Fox Boston, February 4, 2015
NTSB: Emergency brake applied in deadly N.Y. rail crash, CNN, February 6, 2015

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