Drunk Driver Crashes Into 4 Cars, Which Leaves Two Teens With Severe Head Injuries.

Drunk driving is a serious offense with severe legal consequences. In fact, when the police catch someone in the act of driving drunk, the driver will go to jail. When someone violates the legal drinking limit, this results with the driver being charged with a criminal offense, known as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI). All 50 states have set the legal drinking limit at a blood concentration of 0.8% and 0.4% for commercial vehicles. The set legal drinking limit for drivers is there for a reason, to prevent car accidents. In fact, according to the news site Madd.org, every two minutes, a person in involved in a drunk driving related injury; and on average, two out of three individuals will be in a drunk driving accident sometime during their lives.

On November 16, 2016, a drunk driver identified as Stuart Mackenzie caused a large-scale car accident in central Scotland. Stuart was found to be driving five times over the legal drinking limit. Up to 5 cars were involved in the accident that happened at a temporary traffic light, right after Stuart ran through nine traffic lights. The fiscal depute Carol Whyte described the moments prior to the crash: “At 10.55 pm four vehicles were stopped at the red light waiting for the convoy and the accused was seen to drive towards them. It appeared he had failed to notice the line of vehicles.”

Stuart was then seen driving into the rear of the last car in the line, which caused it to hit the other cars, like a domino effect. The accident caused a 16-year-old to suffer brain injuries and also caused head injuries to Max Stobbs, a 19-year-old. Stuart’s lawyer expressed his client’s remorse to the victims of the accident he caused. Due to the severity of the accident, Stuart will be in jail for two years.

When someone is injured because another person was drunk driving, compensation can and should be awarded. If you or a loved one has been injured because of this, please do not hesitate to contact our highly experienced and expert Massachusetts drunk driving attorneys. Our Boston, MA drunk driving lawyers can be reached at 617-787-3700 or by email at info@gilhoylaw.com


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Ford Settles Personal Injury Lawsuit After Alleged Defect in Car Results in Injury And Paralysis.

When buying goods, consumers expect those goods to comply with industry standards and protocols.  Manufacturers owe a basic duty of care to their customers to provide a safe, reliable product. There are instances, however, when a product, or an entire series of products, are defective because they are unreasonably dangerous or because they were otherwise improperly made.  This can happen because safety measures were not adhered to in the product’s design in order to save costs or when there was an error during manufacturing that makes the product unsafe.  Regardless of the reason, when a product is defective and injures a customer, that customer may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the seller and manufacturer of that product. This is because sellers and manufacturers are required to stand behind their products and cannot sell deficient or defective goods.

Hector Salinas filed a personal injury lawsuit after he was seriously injured in a car accident.  He claimed that the car’s design was defective and that the defect contributed to his injuries.  Salinas was traveling with his friend, Jesus DeLeon, when they came upon a sharp turn.  DeLeon attempted to make the turn, but drove off the road, causing the vehicle to roll over two and a half times.  While DeLeon sustained only minor injuries, according to lawyersandsettlements.com, the roof above Salinas caved in, crushing him and causing severe nerve damage that resulted in Salinas become a quadriplegic.

Salinas claimed that a faulty design in the Ford Taurus’s roof was the explanation for his injuries.  Among his claims were that: Ford used a weak grade of steel; the roof was designed to poor standards; the roof was not subject to any real world testing; the roof was tested using only an outdated 30 year old standard; a former Ford engineer characterized the standard as “silly”; and the roof could barely support its own weight.  Ford offered Salinas an undisclosed amount of money to settle his lawsuit, but his damages were expected to be in the tens of millions.

Have you or a family member been injured by a defective product? If so, our Boston product liability attorneys will make sure that you receive the money damages that you justly deserve.  Please call 617-787-3700, 24/7, or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com today for your free and confidential consultation.  Your needs are our top priority!

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Four University of Georgia Students Killed in Tragic Car Accident.

Millions of people travel on American roadways every day without incident.  They go about their day without anything of consequence happening.  There are some drivers, however, who are seriously harmed or killed on those same roads far too frequently. There are, on average, 150,000  auto accidents in Massachusetts alone every year. Of these car accidents, approximately 4,500 result in serious injuries to the victims, while approximately 500 result in fatalities. These Massachusetts auto accident statistics are staggering; however, they do not even begin to describe the emotional impact that such accidents have on both the victims and their immediate families.  Sometimes, the only way a victim or their family can begin to recover is through a skilled Massachusetts car accident attorney that can get them the personal injury damages they deserve.

There was an unfortunate tragic reminder this week of the harm and impact a car accident can have on a family and a community.  Less than a week before the school year ended, the University of Georgia has become grief stricken after four of their students were killed in a car accident recently.  Students were traveling southbound on Ga. 15 in a Chevrolet Cobalt when they struck a white northbound Toyota Camry carrying four University of Georgia students that reportedly crossed over the center line. Kayla Canedo, age 19; Brittany Feldman, age 20; Christina Semeria, age 19; and Halle Scott, age 19 tragically died as a result of the collison.

The campus has joined with the friends and families of the young girls in a vigil in their names.  According to ajc.com, the crash happened a year and five days after the Georgia Southern University community suffered a similar tragedy. Five nursing students were killed on April 22, 2015 in a fiery crash near Savannah. Both tragedies serve as stark and unfortunate reminders of how quickly a car accident can turn an average day into a massive tragedy.

If you have lost a loved one due to a car accident, contact one of our Boston wrongful death attorneys today.  While no sum of money can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, it may be a small step on your path to recovery.   Please call us at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for a free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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