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December 2013 Archives

Truck Accidents

A few years ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] issued new braking standards for commercial truck tractors, requiring that a tractor-trailor traveling at 60 mph must come to a complete stop in 250 feet;  the old standard was 355 feet- a reduction in truck stopping distance of approximately 30%.  This new regulation is being phased in, beginning with certain 2012 models.

"Student Apartments" in Massachusetts

The SJC recently changed the law here in Massachusetts as it relates to a "lodging house" and ruled that a house rented to 4 or more unrelated persons is not considered a "lodging house".  Historically, the laws and restrictions relating to "lodging houses" were stricter and required compliance with state safety and fire prevention codes, i.e., sprinklers, hard-wired manual pull stations, etc.


Watch out for Snow and Ice while walking

As everyone who lives here in Massachusetts knows, we are entering that time of year where walking in parking lots and other outside areas can be treacherous.  Pursuing claims resulting from slips and falls in those areas was historically just as treacherous;  in fact, with few exceptions, if a natural condition caused the snow and ice to accumulate, recovery for damages caused by that slip and fall was almost impossible to achieve.

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