Dangerous Intersections, Aggressive Drivers

Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in Massachusetts

Massachusetts drivers have an undeniable reputation for … well … the way they act behind the wheel.  Dangerous intersections and other bad road conditions often get the blame.  Yet, most often driver distraction and inattention actually cause accidents. At the same time, undeniably, some of the Commonwealth’s highways and intersections defy logic and good planning.  […]

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Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in NH

Top 10 Most Dangerous Intersections in New Hampshire

Dangerous intersections appear seemingly everywhere.   Of the ten most dangerous intersections in New Hampshire identified by the state Department of Transportation, two are in Manchester, three in Nashua and two in the state capital, Concord. Transportation experts say many factors make intersections dangerous, not just the number of crashes.  Other factors include poor traffic signal configuration.  Out of date […]

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Unlicensed Drivers and Fatal Accidents

Unlicensed Drivers and Fatal Accidents

About 20% of all fatal crashes on U.S. highways involve unlicensed drivers. The statistic comes from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study released in October 2014. New Hampshire reports the lowest percentage, 5% of drivers having invalid licenses while involved in fatal crashes. Washington D.C. has the highest, 20%.   Massachusetts falls in the […]

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Admissibility of Social Media Posts as Evidence

Can Social Media Posts Like Facebook be Used as Evidence in Court?

Question: My subcontracting company faces a lawsuit claiming a job was not performed to specifications. Unfortunately there are pictures on Facebook showing some of my employees goofing around on the job.  I don’t think their pranks are relevant but it doesn’t look good.  Can I prevent stupid social media posts from going in as evidence […]

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When are parents liable for bad acts of children?

Are Parents Responsible For Bad Acts of Children?

Under outstanding circumstances courts hold parents liable for bad acts of children.  Liability attaches when parents overlook highly offensive childish conduct causing harm to others. Consider an actual case:  A boy named Dustin set up a Facebook page pretending to be that of one of the girls in his seventh grade class.  Apparently filled with hate and belittlement, […]

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No Compulsory Car Insurance in NH

New Hampshire Auto Insurance Law: Car Insurance Not Required

New Hampshire does not require that all vehicles be insured. Unlike most other U.S. states there is no compulsory auto insurance law in New Hampshire. As a practical matter, when most people buy a new vehicle, they need a car loan, and lenders won’t allow the car to be driven off the lot without insurance. […]

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Remember: Turn Clocks Back

When Does U.S. Turn Clocks Back This Year?

I saw a post announcing it’s time to turn the clocks AHEAD. The ditty about springing forward and falling back clashed with my sense of right and wrong.  Turns out, the post was by an Australian Facebook friend.  The Southern Hemisphere sets clocks ahead this time of year. But the USA, most of it anyhow, sets clocks back […]

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What is No Fault Insurance?

No Fault Insurance: What Does It Mean?

I was in a car accident. A guy pulled out from a stop sign in front of me.  There was nothing I could do to avoid hitting him.  Now his insurance company asks me all kinds of questions, whether I was speeding, texting, maintaining my brakes and more.  I thought we had no-fault insurance, so […]

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What Happens to Personal Injury Claims in Bankruptcy?

PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS IN BANKRUPTCY

What if you’re thinking about filing bankruptcy but you have a personal injury claim pending? Whether the personal injury claim is in court, delayed by insurance settlement holdups or even if you haven’t decided to pursue the claim but the statute of limitations hasn’t run, this is an asset. It also doesn’t matter whether it’s […]

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Uninsured Motorists & Underinsured Motorists

Uninsured Motorists: Car Accidents with the Uninsured & Underinsured

If you’re in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, chances are 1 in 7 the other person lacks car insurance. Nationally, up to 14 % of all cars on the road are not insured.  That statistic comes from the Insurance Research Council. As many as 28% fail to insure their cars in Mississippi, […]

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