While driving may be a convenient and efficient mode of transportation, it can also be a dangerous one. Add in other factors, such as high traffic during rush hour, and stressed, distracted or tired drivers, and driving home from work can all-too-easily turn into prime-time for a car accident.
A recent post on this blog discussed a study which revealed that there is a much higher instance of surgical errors in hospitals across the country than was once thought. Massachusetts Governor Patrick has just signed into law a measure that may successfully combat the prevalence of surgical errors across the state of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts residents have likely noticed an increase in the number of bicycle drivers on the roads in recent years. For a number of reasons-including the rising costs of fuel, an increasing consensus of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and a growing awareness of the need to curb the use of fossil fuels, more and more people are turning to their bicycles as an alternative form of transportation. Although this is certainly a positive trend in many respects, it has unfortunately led to more car accidents involving bicyclists. As bicyclists are relatively unprotected, they can suffer very serious, and sometimes catastrophic, injuries when they are involved in a car crash.
Recently, the driver of a tractor trailer who struck a bucket truck and caused the death of a Fall River city worker last summer was charged with the negligent operation of a motor vehicle. This charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to two years. In addition to criminal charges, the tractor trailer driver could face civil liability for the wrongful death of the worker. Due to the potentially catastrophic injuries that can result from a tractor trailer crash, truck drivers must comply with a number of federal regulations designed to protect other drivers who must share the roads with these often dangerous vehicles.
Massachusetts Congressman John Tierney's wife was hospitalized following a harrowing car accident that occurred in Danvers recently. The car crash occurred in the morning near the intersection of Centre and Hobart streets when a sports utility vehicle rear-ended Mrs. Tierney's vehicle, a Volkswagen Bug. According to the report, there was significant impact resulting from this car collision.
At this point, nearly every Massachusetts resident has likely heard of the horrific meningitis outbreak that has resulted from a steroid produced at the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts. It is certain that a string of lawsuits for pharmaceutical malpractice will be filed against this company, since over 300 people in 17 states have contracted fungal meningitis or joint infections from the tainted shots, and 24 have died. It is expected that more victims will still be diagnosed with this rare form of fungal meningitis as over 17,600 vials of the pharmacy's compound were distributed to 76 clinics in 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control.