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Franklin Personal Injury Law Blog

How long can you wait to file a personal injury lawsuit?

People in the Norfolk area are injured every day. Some injuries are caused by accidents and other injuries are caused due to negligent or reckless behavior. Sometimes when people are hurt because of someone else’s actions they decide to pursue legal action, including filing a personal injury lawsuit. If you have been hurt in an accident you may have wondered how long you have after the injury occurs to still file a suit.

According to MALegislature.gov, “except as otherwise provided, actions of tort, actions of contract to recover for personal injuries, and actions of replevin, shall be commenced only within three years next after the cause of action accrues.” In other words, if you were injured and you wait longer than three years to file a personal injury suit your claim will be barred from being heard and you will give up your right to sue.

Two young girls seriously injured after being struck by pickup

When someone in the Franklin area is involved in a car accident the possibility of serious injury always exists. When a pedestrian is involved the incident can be much worse and usually is. Accidents happen all the time, but when they occur due to a careless or negligent driver then anyone who is injured might be awarded damages for his or her injuries and suffering.

Two young girls are still recovering from serious injuries, including one who is still fighting for her life, after they were hit by a truck while crossing the street, recently. According to reports, the girls were attempting to cross the street near a bus stop when the vehicle struck them. It was not reported if the girls were in a crosswalk but the accident happened at an intersection.

What is distracted driving and what are some common causes?

Motor vehicle accidents happen every day all across the country, including in the Franklin area. There are many reasons that people get into accidents, including careless driving or driving under the influence of alcohol. Some accidents happen due to an unfortunate set of circumstances and still many others occur because drivers are distracted.

Distracted driving is very dangerous to everyone on the road. In fact, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, distracted driving is a leading cause in many crashes. Common distractions include texting or talking on the phone while driving, trying to adjust the stereo or paying attention to a GPS device. All of these distractions affect your driving performance.

Two officers hurt after motorcycles are struck by another vehicle

Many people in the Norfolk area get around from place-to-place in cars and trucks. However, other motorists use motorcycles, instead, including some of the area’s law enforcement officers. Although riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, it’s important for those driving larger vehicles to pay attention to motorcyclists and share the road.

Two police officers are still recovering from injuries they suffered when the motorcycles they were riding were struck by another vehicle. One of the officers, a 29-year-old man, was treated at the hospital and later released. However, the other officer, a 37-year-old man, reportedly suffered more serious injuries. According to reports, among his injuries he had a broken leg that will require him to have surgery.

What are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries?

Although there are literally hundreds of types of injuries, one of the worst kinds of personal injuries you can suffer is a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to all kinds of problems and difficulties both in the present and in the future. There are many ways people in Franklin can suffer one of these kinds of injuries but there are some causes that are more common than others.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading, or most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:

The many affects of construction accidents

Construction accidents, like any other type of accident are never good, and many times they can be very serious. Accidents at Norfolk construction sites not only hurt workers, but they can also hurt innocent bystanders. Construction sites are inherently dangerous, as well, which means they are more susceptible to people being injured compared to many other types of worksites.

According to OSHA.gov there are many ways for people to suffer a construction injury at a worksite, but some of the most common ways include:

Massachusetts drivers receive dubious honor

Of course, motor vehicle accidents happen every day in the Norfolk and Franklin areas, just as they do anywhere else in the country. However, it appears that car accidents happen a little more often in these and other areas of the state of Massachusetts than they do in other parts of the country.

According to the numbers in the recent Allstate America’s Best Driver Report, the state of Massachusetts did not fair so well in the safety department. That’s because three of the four worst cities in the study were located in Massachusetts. In fact, according to the report, drivers in two of those cities were actually more than two times as likely to be involved in an accident than the national average.

What are the most common types of injuries in car accidents?

People get in car accidents every day in the Franklin area and many of those accidents lead to injuries. According to Findlaw.com, in 2012 alone, 1.6 million of the 5.6 million reported accidents in the U.S. involved people being injured.

Every accident is different, but some of the most common injuries that people suffer in motor vehicle accidents include:

Drunk driver suspected in crash that injured actor's mother

No one ever wants to be involved in an accident. However, accidents happen every day in the Franklin area, as well as anywhere else. When people are hurt in car accidents there is the possibility that they will be eligible for compensation

Actor and former professional wrestler, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is grateful that his mother is still alive after the car, which she was driving, was apparently hit by another car that was being operated by a drunk driver. According to reports, authorities had attempted to pull the man in question over but he allegedly fled the scene. Investigators say he ran two red lights and eventually his car slammed into the car being driven by Mr. Johnson’s mom.

What documents will my car accident attorney need?

Car accidents happen every day and of course they are never good. Fortunately, not all car crashes are serious or leave people with permanent injuries. However, some crashes do seriously hurt those who are involved, which leads some people to seek the help of an attorney. If you are considering, or have already decided, to meet with an attorney regarding a car accident, there are some important documents that you should be ready to share with him or her. They include:

  • Your insurance policy – you need to bring a copy of your policy so your attorney can see what recovery benefits you might be eligible to receive.

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