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October 2017 Archives

Rise in auto accident fatalities in Massachusetts is concerning

Massachusetts drivers who keep track of the fatality rate on the road should be concerned about the latest findings. A rise in fatal crashes is raising the scrutiny on driver behavior. These behaviors when behind the wheel can place other drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists at risk of being injured and killed in an auto accident. The latest statistics show than almost 400 people were killed in the state in 2016. This was the highest increase for any state in the whole Northeast and has led to demands that a crackdown on texting and driving and other distracted driver behaviors be done. It is also suggested that people should be forced to wear their seatbelts.

Proposed law protects public workers from an OSHA violation

In Massachusetts, workers who are injured might believe that they are protected by a variety of laws providing them workers' compensation benefits and that any violation for safety would be investigated based on federal laws under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. That, however, is not the case for public sector workers. Currently, workers in the public sector are bound by the standards that state and local governments set. For a work accident victim or those who are concerned about dangerous conditions on the job, this can be problematic.

Study shows car accident dangers of infotainment in vehicles

Massachusetts drivers who are concerned about the increased number of people who are distracted by their smartphones behind the wheel should also be aware of other reasons why drivers might be distracted. These go beyond texting and driving and performing other activities on their phones. Given that failure to pay attention to the road can cause a car collision with the accompanying injuries and even fatalities, being cognizant of the various dangers with a distracted driver is essential. A new study has detailed a specific danger that was not thought to be a distraction, but a benefit.

What if workers' compensation is denied or not paid in full?

Massachusetts workers who are injured on the job might expect workers' compensation benefits to cover their losses and pay for treatment. However, it is not guaranteed that the insurer will approve of the benefits. There are certain steps to take if the insurer denies the claim or does not provide all the workers' compensation benefits that the person believes he or she should receive. When this happens, it is imperative to understand what to do and to have legal help in getting what is owed.

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