The 26 year old plaintiff claimed in the lawsuit that the owner of an apartment building where the plaintiff sometimes resided asked him to paint portions of an exterior stairway. The landlord gave him the paint and a ladder and when the plaintiff began painting, the ladder slipped and he fell 30 feet down on to the parking lot.
In the fall the man fractured his heels, his lower back and his right wrist. He was in the hospital for 5 days, had three surgeries and was left with hardware in both his heels and his wrist. His medical bills were over $110,000.
A new report released by the American Automobile Association revealed that 58% of teen car accidents involved distracted driving. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reviewed about 1,700 crash videos to arrive at its startling results.
The most revealing aspect of the statistic is that it is four times greater than estimates based on police reports according to the Foundation.
The causes of “distracted driving,” however, went beyond just “texting and driving.” The AAA analysis blamed a half-dozen types of distraction that caused teen crashes. These included:
- interacting with other passengers – 15% of crashes
- cellphone use – 12% percent
- looking at something inside the car
- looking at something outside other than the road ahead
- singing or moving to music
- grooming and reaching for something
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Massachusetts Landlords Cannot Orally Evict Tenants. There are Specific Rules that Must Be Followed to Evict a Tenant
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A biker was killed on Thursday near the Sullivan Square MBTA Station in Charlestown, Massachusetts, after he was struck by what witnesses described as a white sanitation truck with black lettering. The hit-and-run accident happened at the busy intersection of Cambridge Street and Spice Street at about 1:40 pm, on Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Police later identified Ricky Prezioso of Swampscott as the driver who left the scene of the accident. Prezioso’s arraignment was sheduled to be held Friday morning in Chelsea District Court for leaving the scene of an accident after causing death. If found guilty, Prezioso could face imprisonment for 2 1/2 to 10 years and fines between $1,000 – $5,000.
In addition to the driver facing criminal responsibility, the owner of the commercial truck involved could face civil liability to the victim’s family. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Reguldations, owners of certain types of commercial trucks that are used in the course of trade or commerce must ensure that their trucks meet minimum safety standards, are inspected regularly and that their drivers have ongoing training. Any misstep by an owner of a commercial truck could trigger tremendous exposure to the owner’s business.
According to the Boston Globe, this is the first bicycle fatality of the year in Boston. There were five other bicycle deaths in Boston in 2012. There was no accurate data for bicycle deaths in 2013 according to the news report.
MassBike, an advocacy group dedicated to promoting a bicycling friendly environment and encouraging bicycling fun, fitness and transportation, supported two pieces of legislation in 2013 to increase safety for bicyclists and other “vulnerable users.” The legislation identifies vulnerable users as bicyclists, pedestrians, wheel chair users and other non-motorized road users.
Preserving Evidence in Truck Accidents is Essential
Phillips & Garcia, P.C. of Dartmouth, MA has filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts Superior Court against Tractor Supply Company of Tennessee for failing to pay full time workers time and a half on Veteran’s Day and Columbus Day and for failing to pay part time workers time and a half for hours worked on all Massachusetts holidays. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of a Pittsfield employee, seeks a change in Tractor Supply Company’s policies and procedures, as well as the payment of three times the unpaid wages. Tractor Supply Company has 14 stores in Massachusetts.
Under the Massachusetts Wage Act, Massachusetts law mandates that employees who work on a Massachusetts recognized holiday be paid “premium pay” of one and a half times their regular pay. In Massachusetts, employers must pay time and a half to all employees, regardless of whether they are full time or part time employees, for hours worked on the following Massachusetts legal holidays: New Year’s Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Independence Day.
If you were not paid “premium pay” on a Massachusetts recognized holiday, you can fill out a contact form here to make a Wage Act complaint to Phillips & Garcia, P.C. or simply call us at 508-998-0800.
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Alleged Drunk Driver Involved in Road Rage Accident in Plymouth, Massachusetts May Have Caused Similar Accident in Marion
A Woods Hole, Massachusetts was charged by Plymouth Police on Saturday with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to yield after crashing into a car on Red Brook Road and Packard Street according to a report in the “Wicked Local Plymouth.” A Police Captain said that after crashing into the other car, the suspect allegedly staggered out of his vehicle and began yelling at the other driver.
Before police arrived, the suspect fled the scene. While the police were investigating the accident, they learned that the same driver and vehicle were involved in a car crash in Marion, Massachusetts after which he was charged with drunken driving.
In Massachusetts, driving under the influence is not only illegal, it can be very costly for a drunken driver who is also hurt. Read more about how an auto insurance company can refuse to pay medical bills for a driver who is caught driving drunk here.