Texting and Driving

As most New Englanders know, all drivers are banned from texting while driving in the state of Massachusetts. Not only is answering a simple text illegal in the state, but writing and/or reading emails, searching the internet, and all other non-call activities are strictly prohibited. This law includes activities performed on a cell phone, laptop, tablet, or any other electronic device. It is a law that is believed to have saved thousands of lives. Unfortunately, there are thousands more who do not heed the warnings nor obey these laws. For them, just a momentary lack in judgment can lead to serious injuries and death. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in which texting and driving was a factor, contact Car Accident Lawyer Deborah Gold-Alexander.

Distracted Driving and Deaths

Each year in the United States, there are almost 3500 deaths caused by distracted driving. Not all of these are from drivers who were texting, but many of them were cell phone (or other electronic device) related. In a frightening new trend, drivers are not only texting, but taking photos of themselves known as “selfies,” and then posting them to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks. As CNN explains, hashtags such as #drivingselfie can bring over 4000 matches in a search. The hashtag #drivingtowork can bring over ten thousand results, and then there is the #hopeidontcrash hashtag…which speaks for itself.

Advocates Against Distracted Driving

Car Accident Lawyers such as Deborah Gold-Alexander understand the dangers that distracted driving such as driving and texting and/or taking pictures while driving can bring. As Jackie Gillan from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety explains, “Taking a photo of yourself while you’re driving a 2,000-pound vehicle down the road at 50 or 60 miles per hour? That is putting your life in danger and putting the lives of those around you in danger.” But it isn’t just the drivers of cars, trucks, and SUVs who are participating in this dangerous new trend. Drivers have posted images of themselves behind the wheel on boats, motorcycles, and even airplanes. Law enforcement agencies, government agencies, and other safety advocates have recently gone to work to discourage drivers from driving while texting, taking selfies while driving, or being a part of other forms of distracted driving.

Toyota Launches New Campaign Against Texting and Driving

In a recent ad designed by Marketway Advertising, Toyota has joined those who are advocating for safety behind the wheel. The ad features nine images of a wrecked automobile with various Instagram filters applied to them. Underneath the images is the simple, yet effective message “Don’t Shoot and Drive.” The ad is meant to remind drivers of just what can go wrong in a matter of seconds when a driver becomes distracted. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a driver’s negligence behind the wheel, give Car Accident Lawyer Deborah Gold-Alexander a call today.

Suffolk Downs Casino Update

Residents of Revere, Massachusetts are beginning to wonder whether there will ever be a casino in their area. The last vote from the five member of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission was delayed for at least another week, leaving  many wondering whether the proposed casino, with Suffolk Downs as landlord and Mohegan Sun as the holder of the license, would go forward in Revere. The announcement of the Mohegan Sun becoming the license holder for the Revere Casino started a domino effect that came to a climax with the delayed vote. Business owners who wish to understand the proposed casino plans and the recent casino voting may wish to consult a Casino lawyer, such as Deborah Gold-Alexander.

Residents Alarmed at Change in Wording of Casino Agreement

The proposal for the Mohegan Sun casino met with a great deal of scrutiny from the members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission due to the fact that there were serious changes in the wording of its application. In the original application named Suffolk Downs as the applicant for a casino on its property, not Caesars Entertainment. Suffolk Downs had planned to bring in Caesars at a later date. In the new agreement application, Suffolk Downs will be the landlord, and the Mohegan Sun will become the tenant with both working alone as their own business. In the first proposal the project would be a joint one and would be located in East Boston. In the second proposal, the project would be located in Revere. The Mohegan Sun will be the only applicant for a resort casino license, according to Mass Live.  One of the commissioners shared his disapproval of the “dramatic change in the content of the agreement,” although he strongly approves of a casino in Revere. If you have issues with casino agreements, or changes in wording on existing agreements, Casino Attorney Deborah Gold-Alexander can help. Give her a call today.

Suffolk Downs Owner Enthusiastic About Proposal

According to the Revere Live Journal, the owner of Suffolk Downs spoke very enthusiastically during the announcement that the Mohegan Sun would become the licensee for the casino in Revere. In his quote, he stated, “This is a historic day for the City of Revere, Suffolk Downs and all of New England. By choosing Mohegan Sun as our resort casino developer and operator, we bring new energy and excitement to our pursuit of a gaming license , and a leader and premier brand in resort casino gaming that has been hugely successful in New England for 17 years.” The new proposal will shift the casino from the East Boston side of the racetrack to the Revere side which is scheduled to occur in February of 2014. Voters rejected the proposal to build in East Boston in a previous vote, but accepted the proposal to build in Revere.

Driver Burned in Boston Car Accident

A recent car accident in Uxbridge’s East Hartford Avenue has left a driver with critical injuries that he suffered when his car ignited into flames after slamming into a light pole. The driver sustained burns to forty-five percent of his body in the single car crash. Witnesses at the scene say that the car, a 2000 Chevrolet Impala hit a light pole at approximately 4:00am. The pole was split in half from the impact. The car then burst into flames with the driver trapped inside. Often, victims of such car accidents will seek the help of a Car Accident Lawyer such as Deborah Gold-Alexander.

Emergency Personnel Rush to Scene of Car Accident

The car accident was reported at 4:10 am, and rescue personnel rushed to the scene. The Massachusetts State Police, Uxbridge Fire Department, and Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Accident Reconstruction Unit were all among those who were dispatched to the scene of the accident. The road remained closed during the efforts of the emergency response personnel. Firefighter Brett Lisak and Officer Peter Bates, along with the help of an unnamed “good Samaritan” was able to put the fire out and rescue the driver. Uxbridge firefighters treated the unidentified driver at the scene before he was life-flighted by helicopter to Umass Memorial Medical Center.

Car Accidents in Limited Lighting

Although police admit that speed and alcohol are suspected of contributing to the cause of the car accident, an investigation is ongoing. Night time driving could also have played a part in this tragic occurrence. A driver’s ability to judge distance is impressively impaired in the dark, and driving at night time is a leading cause of car accidents in the United States. When driving in areas where there is limited lighting, the driver may tend to make decisions based on what he or she can see. The statistics for night time car accidents is staggering. Although there are as much as sixty percent less drivers on the road at night, night time car accidents still account for as many as forty percent of all car accidents. This could be due to the fact that many night time drivers are drowsy, or drinking.

Most Likely Times for Car Accidents

The most dangerous times to drive seem to be just at sundown, and just at sunrise. This could be because the driver’s eyes are getting used to the changes in lighting.  Anytime a visual obstruction or poor lighting leads to an automobile accident, a good Car Accident Lawyer, such as Deborah Gold-Alexander, will investigate to see if the victim(s) deserve to be compensated for their loss of wages, medical bills, and more. If you or someone you love has been involved in a night time car accident, give Attorney Deborah Gold-Alexander a call today.

Revere Casino News

Voters from the city of Revere Massachusetts and the neighborhood of East Boston went to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether or not they supported the building of a casino, according to the Boston Globe. The proposed casino would be located at Suffolk Downs, a 78 year old thoroughbred horse track which is in both East Boston and the city of Revere, Massachusetts. The horse track is still in operation, and until 2010, a dog race was also held at Wonderland for many years. The casino is projected to cost about $1 billion.

East Boston voters voted against the casino but Revere voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of it.  Following, there has been talk of a “Revere only” scaled down casino on the acres located solely within Revere.  While this may be an uphill battle, there seems to be support for such a venue.

Those who are interested in the casino should contact Casino and Real Estate Lawyer Deborah Gold-Alexander.

Casino Brings New Revenue to Revere

Revere is a city which, like many others, is in need of new sources of revenue. With gambling being a common choice among residents as a way to increase revenue, a new casino seems to be just the answer they are looking for. In his effort to lobby for more support for the Suffolk Downs casino, Mayor Dan Rizzo stated over a week ago, “I feel this referendum is transformational. If the city votes for this project, it will elevate the city of Revere to what I would call a ‘world-class city’. We will be able to do things that we would never otherwise have been able to do, given our current financial situation.”

Casino Not a Done Deal

In spite of the overwhelming support for the casino, it is not yet a done deal. A report from CBS Boston shares that a recent setback was received by the project when Caesars Entertainment withdrew its interest after concerns that were brought on by the state’s gaming commission performing a background check. Suffolk Downs assured reporters that they will name a new partner by the end of the year.

Voters Make Final Decision on Casino

In the end, the choice will be up to the voters. Without the support of voters from both Revere and East Boston, Massachusetts, the deal would be off for the entire location of Suffolk Downs. Not everyone has been in favor of the new gambling site, and protesters have been voicing their disapproval quite loudly at times. The Associated Press reports that there have been actual fights to break out between those who support the casino and those who oppose it. According to a report from the Boston Herald, neighborhoods which have been close-knit for three decades are split over the proposed casino. Those who wish to understand what the proposed casino could mean for their business or neighborhood may wish to call Casino Lawyer Deborah Gold-Alexander.

Teen Driver Injures 1year Old, Parents in Car Accident

According to a report from CBS Boston, police are investigating a car versus pedestrian crash which left one couple and their 1 year old child injured. The driver in the accident, which happened in the South End, was reported to have been a seventeen year old.

On October 6th, the couple was out for a Sunday afternoon walk, pushing their one year old in a stroller near Columbus Avenue and Dartmouth Street. They were stuck by a car while crossing the street at about 3:15 pm by a female teenaged driver whose name has not been released. Police spokeswoman, Nicole Grant, stated that the child did not sustain serious injury, and was taken to Tufts Medical Center, where the baby was treated and then released to family members. The couple, both in their 30s, were listed in serious condition.

According to reports, the father sustained head and leg injuries and was taken to Tufts Medical Center while the mother was taken to Israel Deaconess Medical Center with head and neck trauma. The names of the family was not released. Grant revealed that the 17 year old driver had a junior driver’s license and would be cited for the crash. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation. No one else was injured in the car accident, although after hitting the family, the car hit a pole at the corner of Lawrence and Dartmouth streets and then struck a brownstone. The pole was broken in half and uprooted.

As witnesses were interviewed at the scene, a gray and orange stroller sat empty in the street. Neighbors were visibly shaken as one clung to another for support. Twenty-seven year old Ambika Garg expressed how “scary” the accident was for the neighborhood, “because we cross here everyday.” She stated that she heard the sound of screeching brakes and the screaming from her apartment on the third floor. Garg says that the intersection can be difficult due to the fact that drivers often stop short for pedestrians who are in the cross walk. She was hit crossing the street just a year ago, although she sustained light injuries and did not file a report.

Boston Car Accident Lawyer Deborah Gold-Alexander knows how devastating teenage driver accidents can be. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of teenage death in the US, and teenaged driver are more likely to kill others than themselves. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving a teenage driver, give us a call today.