INSIGHTS On Massachusetts Personal Injury Law

Welcome to the SUGARMAN blog. We'll be sharing our perspectives on the state of the law and current legal issues in Massachusetts personal injury law. Issues relating to medical malpractice, construction site injuries, premises liability, product liability, motor vehicle accidents, insurance, and more will all be reviewed here by our team of lawyers who have prosecuted some of the most complex cases in Massachusetts personal injury law.

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Since SUGARMAN’s beginnings over 50 years ago in Boston, our personal injury lawyers have regularly represented people injured or killed in railroad accidents throughout Massachusetts.  Unfortunately, these accidents occur with some regularity, often due to negligence or recklessness on the part of railroad companies and their contractors.  The results can be devastating.

The litigation and trial of railroad accident cases is a specialized area of law.  Few accident lawyers in Massachusetts have more experience or success in such cases than the lawyers at SUGARMAN.  When necessary, our lawyers have taken railroad accident cases to the highest courts in Massachusetts.

Cases involving the MBTA railroad and other railroad companies are governed by a detailed, inter-related set of state and federal statutes and regulations.  These laws govern such things as speed, use of signals and horns, staffing of railroad equipment, employee hours, right of way on tracks, ownership and control of tracks and crossings, and behavior at crossings.  The laws also dictate when and how claims for personal injuries against railroad companies can be brought.

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Traffic congestion on the roads, rising gas prices, unreliable public transit systems – just a few of the reasons why Massachusetts residents have ditched their cars or transit passes for a bicycle on their daily commutes. Over the past few years, Massachusetts has become a popular place for bicycle riders. However, sharing the road with cyclists has proven to be a struggle for Massachusetts motorists and an extreme danger for bicyclists. Last month marked the fifth death of a cyclist in Boston this year alone. More often than not, accidents like these are caused by the negligence of motorists. The motor vehicle operator may have failed to keep a proper look-out for the bicyclist, turned improperly, failed to yield to the right of way, failed to leave the proper amount of room for the cyclist, or may have simply misjudged the bike’s speed. These are serious incidents and can cause extensive injuries and death.

With an increase in bicycle lanes and the number of bicycles on the road, it is important for drivers to be aware of their responsibilities. The responsibilities of Massachusetts motorists can be found in the Massachusetts General Laws (see M.G.L., c. 89, §2 and c. 90, §14) and a few of the relevant responsibilities are outlined below.
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