Some would say that car crashes are not accidents, as they have a cause. In many cases, it is due to a driver being distracted, reckless or intoxicated. The aftermath of some motor vehicle collisions can be devastating. What can be even more troubling is that the severity of the crash can increase the complexities of the investigation process. It may not be initially clear how the crash occurred, and if there is no secondary driver to evidence that there was in fact another vehicle, it can be difficult to understand if an accident is actually a hit-and-run.
Carpooling or ridesharing can be a great way to get to work. Everyone involved saves money on gas, it's good for the environment, it reduces traffic, and you get the benefit of being able to use the faster commuter lanes to save time. In addition, an employer may benefit because carpooling can reduce worker stress, leading to improved productivity and happiness. For this reason, some employers offer incentives for workers who rideshare, including preferred parking spots, discounted parking rates, or even financial incentives. But what happens if you are hurt in an accident while carpooling? Can the company be held responsible for the accident? A recent Texas case suggests that it can, at least under certain circumstances.
The highways in Massachusetts and elsewhere are filled with various vehicles. While many travel in their personal vehicles, others use public and private forms of transportation to get to their final destinations. These larger forms of transportation can put numerous passengers at risks, especially if a car accident results.
A long commute to work and a long commute home can be exhausting, even when a great job makes your commute worth doing every day. However, as you get familiar with your route, you may become less attentive as a driver, which can lead to being involved in a car crash that causes serious injuries to you or others on the road. To prevent being in a crash, consider how you can prepare for a better commute, what you need to do to avoid driving distractions and how you can avoid speeding.
Gas stations with convenience stores are useful places to fuel up with gas (and coffee) on the way to work, but their layouts can be treacherous. In some cases, they are designed in such a way that cars can enter without significantly slowing down and there are not always guardrails or barriers in place to protect customers at the fuel pumps or those entering the store. Recently, a Massachusetts court held that if you or a family member are hit by a car in such a situation, the business may be liable for your injuries.