You have been injured in a car, truck or SUV crash in or near Chicopee, Massachusetts and you’re hurting personally and financially. You are asking yourself what you should do next, where you can turn for help and whether you need a lawyer. The answer is that you should get the medical treatment you need and you should call Attorney Shute, trusted by clients over many years of handling vehicle collision cases. His Five-Star Google Reviews speak for themselves. Calling Attorney Shute before you start filling out insurance company paperwork can save you from making innocent omissions and tactical mistakes that can cost you the medical treatment and financial compensation you need to get by and get back to your life.

Everyone who is injured by a negligent driver deserves quality legal representation and everyone can afford to have Attorney Shute provide them with quality representation. The way it works is that Attorney Shute only gets paid out of the money he makes the careless driver’s insurance company pay you. You never have to pay a legal fee out-of-pocket.

So-Called Independent Medical Exam
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The So-Called Independent Medical Exam is a favorite insurance company tactic to avoid paying medical bills, deny you treatment, and devalue your injury claim. Your own car insurance company makes you attend a medical exam by a doctor they hire who usually says you don’t need the treatment your doctor recommends. Know what to expect. Atty. Shute can help you avoid their traps.

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About Us

Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
Customer
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My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
Customer
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
Customer
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If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
Customer
Read More
I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
Customer
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He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
Customer
Read More
I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
Customer
Read More
I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
Customer
Read More
Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
Customer
Read More
I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
Customer
Read More
I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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“The Three Second Rule” is recommended by Road Safety experts for avoiding rear-end crashes and multi-car pileups. Stay at least 3 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you; 6 or more seconds in inclement weather.

Texting- Sending or Reading a text distracts a driver from other vehicles, obstacles and lane lines for about 4-5 seconds. At 55 mph the vehicle travels more than the length of a football field in that time.

MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISIONS IN AND NEAR CHICOPEE

There are many causes of motor vehicle collisions including distracted driving, tailgating, driving while over-tired, and mistakes in judging the speed and distance of other cars. These accidents can happen anywhere at any time of day but Chicopee drivers know that there are some especially dangerous intersections and traffic patterns that are a challenge to drivers and pedestrians alike.

THE INFAMOUS “CHICOPEE CURVE”

Chicopee’s most notorious and deadly roadway is well-known locally as “The Chicopee Curve.” This is the stretch of Interstate 91 in Chicopee near where I-91 intersects with I-391. I-91 is constructed much like most Interstate highways so car and truck drivers generally are traveling at “highway speed” where the speed limit is 65 MPH. The danger, especially for drivers unfamiliar with the area, is that with little warning, the speed limit drops and drivers on I-91 find themselves going into a curve that is almost 90 degrees. For any driver who does not slow down, staying in his or her lane and on the roadway becomes an extreme challenge. The risk is even greater for truck drivers who easily flip into a rollover crash, injuring themselves and possibly crushing smaller vehicles near them. The challenge increases in the I-91 Northbound lane where drivers coming from the I-391 on-ramp are merging onto I-91 at the same spot where the I-91 drivers are trying to maintain control on the Chicopee Curve.

Chicopee

333 Front St., Suite 4,
Chicopee, Massachusetts
Phone: (413) 592-0999

MEMORIAL DRIVE CHICOPEE

Memorial Drive has numerous intersections with and without traffic lights. The road has curb cuts for numerous businesses, and two large rotaries that are combined with traffic signals and merging lanes. The entrance into the Chicopee Marketplace near the Home Depot has side-by- side turning lanes into the parking lot. Side-by-side turning lanes require precision driving by both drivers so that they do not drift or cut into each other’s lane and cause side-swipe or T-bone crashes. The intersection of Memorial Drive and Chicopee Marketplace comes in at #110 on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s most dangerous intersections in the state. Atty. Shute knows Chicopee and he knows how to navigate complex situations and analyze them for you so that you receive the money you need for medical bills and compensation for the pain and injuries you have endured.

PEDESTRIAN/VEHICLE COLLISIONS IN CHICOPEE

As with all vehicle collisions, pedestrian/vehicle collisions usually are the result of negligence and violations of the rules-of-the-road, Drivers may ignore crosswalks because they are in a hurry or because they do not remember when the traffic laws require them to yield the right of way to pedestrians.

DOWNTOWN CHICOPEE

Pedestrians and drivers who are familiar with Chicopee know that they need to be particularly wary of crossings in Downtown Chicopee. The intersection of Cabot Street and Exchange Street and the intersection of Exchange Street and Center Street both create the same hazards. Both intersections have side-by-side turning lanes for vehicles turning left. The drivers of side-by-side turning vehicles may be focused on not side-swiping each other and may be distracted from checking for pedestrians. Equally dangerous at both intersections is that vehicles turning left are turning onto one way streets. Drivers and pedestrians alike are used to vehicles turning “Right- on-Red” but both can be surprised where “Left-on Red” is allowed onto one-way streets. These conditions can create complicated issues of driver and pedestrian responsibilities.

Chicopee Falls

Chicopee drivers and pedestrians will not be surprised to learn that the intersection of Broadway and East Main Street at the end of the Deady Memorial Bridge in the Falls comes in at #82 on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s list of most dangerous intersections in the Commonwealth. The Deady Memorial Bridge (known to long-time Chicopee drivers as “The Singing Bridge” because of the sound of humming tires on its original metal grid surface) has two traffic lanes in each direction. As drivers coming from Memorial Drive reach the intersection at the end of the bridge, the two lanes split into five: left turning lane, two straight ahead lanes, one bear-right lane and one right turn lane. Drivers have to choose quickly and this often results in last-second lane changes and the side-swipe crashes that result. For pedestrians, the intersection is equally chaotic: traffic coming from multiple directions and a 130’ crosswalk that crosses seven lanes of traffic.

Attorney Shute knows the “rules of the road” and can sort out complicated and conflicting crash stories so that you get treated fairly and receive the compensation you need. Atty. Shute is available for your free consultation, day or evening, at your convenience. Call any time-413-592-0999.

Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
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 My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
Read More
If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
Read More
I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
Read More
He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
Read More
I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
Read More
Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
Read More
Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
Read More
Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
Read More
I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
Read More
Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
Read More
Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
Read More
I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
Read More
Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
Read More
I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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Attorney Shute

Attorney Shute knows the “rules of the road” and can sort out complicated and conflicting crash stories so that you get treated fairly and receive the compensation you need. Atty. Shute is available for your free consultation, day or evening, at your convenience. Call any time-413-592-0999.

If you have been injured in a car, truck or other type of vehicle crash or if you have been injured as a pedestrian in or near Northampton or Hampshire County you’re probably suffering physically, emotionally and monetarily. You know that a careless, rushing, drunk or distracted driver in the Northampton area has caused your harm but you don’t know what to do about it. Attorney Shute understands from many years of helping people in similar situations what you are going through.

Regaining your health, of course, is your number one priority so getting checked out medically and having your injuries thoroughly diagnosed and treated in a timely manner is crucial to increase the likelihood of your full recovery. Just as you need sound medical advice, you also need sound legal advice. If you’ve lost salary or wages and you’re in pain or you struggle with your daily activities, let Northampton Atty. Robert Shute take the stress of the insurance and legal battles that lie ahead off you. The laws of who is responsible to pay for your injuries can be complicated and unfortunately many careless drivers will not admit to their errors and poor decision-making. Attorney Shute will develop a legal strategy tailored to your specific circumstances to help you receive financial compensation for what the careless driver has cost you and put you through.

Why Do I Need an Injury Lawyer?

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Some of the many reasons are: proving the crash was not your fault when the other driver is lying; making sure you do not have medical bills to pay out-of–pocket, making sure that any insurance agreements you sign protect your interests, and maximizing the financial compensation you receive for your harms.

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Stop, Trains Can’t is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration program to raise awareness of driver safety issues at railroad crossings. Never go around the crossing gates to “beat” a train and never stop on the tracks. A train going 55 mph can take a mile or more to stop. The NHTSA has a stark warning: “If you think a train will stop because it sees you on the tracks, it will- about a mile after it hits you.”

Seat Belts Save Lives. The NHTSA reports that seat belts cut the risk of death in a crash by almost half. Seat belts also prevent crashes by keeping drivers within reach of the steering wheel and brake pedal when their vehicle is swerving.

VEHICLE COLLISIONS IN AND NEAR NORTHAMPTON AND HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

Vehicle crashes are the result of many kinds of bad decision-making: driving while talking on the phone, driving after partying and drinking with friends, trying and failing to make it through a yellow light before it turns red- the list goes on. These kinds of bad decisions are especially dangerous in areas where the road design and traffic patterns are naturally complicated and require well-honed driving skills under the best of conditions. The Northampton area is home to some of these trouble spots. Atty. Shute knows these areas and he knows his way around the legal problems that arise from collisions that occur there.

THE NUMBER 4 MOST DANGEROUS PIONEER VALLEY INTERSECTION

Drivers and pedestrians who frequent Northampton will not be surprised to learn that the intersection of King St. (Route 5) and Damon Road and Bridge Road is near the top of the local most dangerous intersection list. Atty. Shute has represented multiple clients who have been injured there. This intersection presents several driver awareness challenges. All four approaches to the intersection are three lanes wide and include left turning lanes. Traffic gets backed up, especially at the rush hours and it can take several cycles of the traffic lights to get through. This can lead impatient drivers to hurry in an (often unsuccessful) effort to make it through a yellow light before it turns red. Drivers trying to make it through a yellow light can create another type of hazard when there is traffic stopped ahead and the driver has to stop, blocking the intersection for traffic that now has a green light. There are vehicles entering and exiting gas station and restaurant driveway curb-cuts very close to the intersection that create additional congestion, very often surprising drivers who have just gone through a green light and are thinking they are free to accelerate.

What Others Are Saying
About Us

Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
Customer
Read More
My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
Customer
Read More
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
Customer
Read More
If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
Customer
Read More
I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
Customer
Read More
He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
Customer
Read More
I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
Customer
Read More
I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
Customer
Read More
Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
Customer
Read More
I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
Customer
Read More
Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
Customer
Read More
I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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Northampton

90 Conz St,
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 437-7788

RAILROAD TRACKS

Drivers on Damon Road Northampton approaching the intersection with King Street should be aware of a less obvious, but potentially fatal hazard: trains. Traffic often backs up on Damon Road for a quarter mile or more which creates stop-and-go traffic as the intersection traffic lights go through their cycle. Approximately 100 yards before the intersection there is a railroad crossing protected by an offset gate system which is designed to allow motorists who manage to pass the entrance gate just before it descends to leave the crossing area. In other words, a motorist who passes the entrance gate onto the tracks will not get trapped between gates because there is no exit gate. The remaining danger, though, is that if a driver is following another vehicle in “bumper-to-bumper” traffic, the following vehicle might pass the railway crossing entrance gate just before it comes down and then get boxed-in on the railroad tracks between the car in front and the gate behind. Don’t let this be you!

DOWNTOWN NORTHAMPTON

Downtown Northampton- one of the great places to be in Western Massachusetts, is known for its dining, its multi-genre music scene and for being one of the most “walkable” downtowns in the area. It has a reputation for being pedestrian-friendly but neither drivers nor pedestrians can afford to let their guard down.

In 2020 the Massachusetts Department of Transportation conducted a Road Safety Audit of the Downtown Northampton corridor (Route 9/ Main St./Bridge St.) from Smith College on one end to Market St on the other end. The audit found that lack of lane lines within the wide roadway along with the overall road geometry contributes to vehicle weaving, last-minute position changes, vehicle turning movement issues, and pedestrian safety issues. As a result, many of the crashes along the corridor were side-swipe and angle crashes. The lack of flashing DON’T WALK countdown timers creates danger for pedestrians. The long wait times for the traffic signals to complete their cycles lead to lane-weaving and red light running by impatient drivers and diagonal intersection crossing by pedestrians.

The City of Northampton is developing plans and hopes to address these and other traffic-related issues with construction to begin in 2025. According to the city, the Main St. reconstruction project will be designed to improve safety at crosswalks and intersections, improve pedestrian facilities and bicycle accommodations, and rehabilitate the roadway and improve the functioning of the four signalized intersections.

ROTARIES AND ROUNDABOUTS

Massachusetts General Laws c.89 Sec.8: Any operator of a vehicle entering a rotary intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle already in the intersection.
Rotaries and Roundabouts are intended to allow for smooth flow of traffic at intersections, without the need for traffic lights. They are similar to each other except Roundabouts are smaller than Rotaries and posted speed limits entering them usually are lower.

Northampton is home to some relatively new roundabouts, notably at the entrance to Look Memorial Park and at the intersection of Pleasant St. and Conz St. These roundabouts are only about 100 yards around so the sharp curve forces vehicles to slow down and traffic flows through them in a single lane, reducing the risk of side-swipe accidents from lane switching. A newer roundabout is underway at the Interstate-91 – Exit 19 / MA Route 9 interchange at Bridge Street, Damon Road and the Coolidge Bridge. This roundabout will have two side-by-side lanes which require extra driver alertness due to the increased danger from vehicles in the inner lane trying to cross the outer lane to exit the roundabout.

Large classic rotaries like the one in neighboring South Hadley at the intersection of Purple Heart Drive and the Muller Bridge create an additional challenge- speed. This rotary is oval shaped and is almost ½ mile around. The speed limit on the Muller Bridge is 50 mph. Even though the speed limit drops on the approach to the rotary, cars coming off the bridge barely have to turn to enter the “straightaway” part of the oval. The road geometry that has only a slight curve can deceive unfamiliar drivers into thinking they are not entering a rotary and into thinking they can maintain their speed from the Muller Bridge. Rotaries like this are the reason that a Massachusetts highway administrator called rotaries a “free-for-all” and are the reason that the Mass. DOT is planning to convert rotaries into roundabouts.

When you have been injured in a vehicle collision you need a lawyer who knows the intricacies of the rules of the road and knows how to maximize the financial compensation you receive. Atty. Robert Shute is your experienced vehicle collision lawyer. Call 413-437-7788 or 413-592-0999 now, day or evening for your free consultation with Atty. Shute.

Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
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 My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
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If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
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I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
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He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
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I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
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Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
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Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
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Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
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I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
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Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
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Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
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I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
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Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
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I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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Knows the “rules of the road” and can sort out complicated and conflicting crash stories so that you get treated fairly and receive the compensation you need. Atty. Shute is available for your free consultation, day or evening, at your convenience.

Decades of Experience Successfully Battling Insurance Companies
There are about 6 million car crashes each year in the United States. Car, truck, pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle crashes often cause injuries to multiple areas of the body and many can be life threatening, require lengthy rehabilitation or even post-accident surgery. Bodily injury from a car accident is life altering. While accidents often cause immediate pain, it is common to have some delayed symptoms like headaches, neck, back, knee and shoulder pain that begin hours or several days later. Even with front impact, side impact and dashboard airbags deployed, the force of colliding and crashing vehicles is transferred to the operator and passenger. Accidents often require a visit to the emergency department, an urgent care facility and primary physician’s office. When you are doing everything right to get better after being injured in a car accident, the last thing you need is the frustration and stress of dealing with insurance companies when you want to be focusing on your rehabilitation.

Attorney Shute is an experienced local attorney who has handled numerous successful auto accident cases from beginning to end. Each client’s injury story is personal to Attorney Shute and it deserves the commitment of personal attention. You get one-on-one representation from Attorney Shute because your case is never handed off to an assistant. Call for a free case evaluation and to have your questions answered. 413-592-0999

Attorney Shute’s fee is on a “contingency” basis. You don’t pay a dime until your case is won and when you receive money for your pain and suffering.

Motor Vehicle Crashes & Concussions

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According to CDC statistics, the leading cause of traumatic brain injury hospitalizations for ages 15 to 44 is motor vehicle crashes. In the United States, more than 30,000 people are killed in vehicle crashes every year and motor vehicle crashes are a top 10 cause of death up to age 53.

Pedestrians and Bicyclists are especially vulnerable to reckless driving. The CDC reported that there were 476,000 bicycle-related injuries per year. In Massachusetts, crash-related deaths result in 5 Million Dollars in medical costs and 433 million dollars in work loss costs each year.

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reported in 2020 that the number of pedestrian deaths increased more than 50% over the past decade. There has been an 81% increase in pedestrian deaths from being struck by an SUV.

The force of vehicles crashing easily can cause concussions. The multiple symptoms of concussions include headache, nausea, vomiting, balance problems, dizziness, visual problems with sensitivity to light, sensitivity to noise, feeling mentally foggy, feeling slowed down, difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering, trouble falling asleep, sleeping more than usual or sleeping less than usual. Pedestrians are vulnerable to distracted and drowsy drivers and they often sustain two impacts – one with the vehicle and another with the ground.

Pedestrians and Bicyclists are Vulnerable
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to distracted, drowsy and under the influence of alcohol drivers. If you own a vehicle, it is wise to have “underinsured” motorist coverage for your own car so that you are not relying solely on the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage when you are a pedestrian. When a driver is carelessly looking left while turning right, they are not looking where they are going and can miss seeing the bicyclist or pedestrian. This often happens when a driver is turning right on a red light looking at oncoming traffic and turning down a street where a pedestrian is crossing in the crosswalk. Bicyclists and pedestrians are vulnerable to closed head injuries, skull fractures and traumatic brain injury. Attorney Shute is here to help when you are the victim of someone’s negligent or reckless driving.

Examples of Causes of Pedestrian and Car Accidents

  • Driving above the speed limit and running red lights. These reckless acts cause multiple types of accidents including rear end collisions, side impact collisions and front-end collisions. If the rear end collision impact forces a car to be pushed into the car in front of it, the middle car is sandwiched between the two vehicles getting impacted both at the rear end of the vehicle and at the front end of the vehicle. The result for a rear seat passenger is that their head hits the rear seat head-rest from the first impact and then is flung forward against the back of the front seat. It can be a devastating injury when someone is driving recklessly and speeding and decides he or she can make it through an intersection before the light turns red. All they are thinking about is getting where they want to go in a big hurry. The time one spends sitting at a red light waiting his or her turn is a tiny fraction of the time compared to the time spent in rehabilitation for a car crash injury.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that every day almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk driving crashes, which is one person every 50 minutes. Some prescription medications state not to drive while taking the medication. We all know the horrible results of drunk driving. Whether it’s a head-on collision, T-bone collision or rollover, drunk driving causes violent harm to innocent victims.
  • Distracted Driving. We know that it is important to “keep your eyes on the road ahead”, but with electronic devices, smart phones with smart phone apps for maps and finding destinations there have been more cases of distracted driving. The National Highway Safety Administration states that of 2,841 lives lost from distracted driving, 1730 were drivers, 400 were pedestrians and 77 were bicyclists.
  • Driving While Drowsy. People often are forced to work longer hours or even more than one job. Sleep deprivation is an epidemic and those with little sleep are driving to work, to the gym, to the grocery store or even taking their children to after school activities. According to the GHSA, there are 83.6 million sleep-deprived people driving on the road. A “drowsy driver” means impaired judgment, slowed reaction time, and increased risk of causing a crash.
  • Unsafe Driving – drifting over the solid yellow line, illegal U turns, cutting vehicles off, not yielding right of way when turning left into oncoming traffic and turning right while looking left. The Rules of the Road exist to prevent car crashes and to protect bicyclists and pedestrians. When drivers are not paying attention, or are distracted, fatigued, drowsy, or in a hurry to get somewhere on time, accidents often are the result- the result of bad decision-making.

Some Examples of Injuries Sustained in Motor Vehicle Crash Cases

  • Neck injuries including herniated discs, bulging discs and whiplash
  • Spinal injuries and back injuries, upper and lower back or thoracic spine and lumbar spine
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Posttraumatic headaches
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Hip injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Concussion
  • Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, vision problems or photophobia
  • Pain in neck and back and muscle spasms
  • Dental and jaw injuries
  • Wrist injuries
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Burns
  • Objects coming through windshield glass from unsecured loads on pickup trucks
  • Cuts and abrasions from broken glass
  • Emotional aftereffects including Stress, PTSD, Car Crash Anxiety
  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Death
Statute of Limitations

In Massachusetts there is a time limit for filing a claim for a motor vehicle crashes. The legal term for the time limit is the “Statute of Limitations.”

Call Immediately for a free consultation so that the statute of limitations and other time limits imposed by insurance companies do not expire. Atty. Robert W. Shute 413-592-0999
Ronnie C.
Ronnie C.
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 My heart is full of gratitude to have had Attorney Robert Shute represent my son when he was injured in a auto accident. Attorney Shute’s kind, reassuring voice was the calm in the storm. He stood by my son while he was recovering and answered every question we had, and I had many!  If you or your family or friends every need a lawyer, with years of experience, who knows just what to do, call Attorney Robert Shute. He’s the Real thing, not a T.V. actor lawyer. I feel truly Blessed to have had him by our side.
D. Boone, Springfield
D. Boone, Springfield
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Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I highly recommend Attorney Robert W. Shute as a personal injury attorney. I was injured in an auto accident several years ago and Attorney Shute provided me with high-quality legal representation to ultimately reach a favorable settlement. I was so satisfied with Attorney Shute's professionalism and timely communication that I recommended him to my family members and friends when they needed a personal injury attorney; they too were very satisfied with his legal services. Additionally, Attorney Shute has been an invaluable resource and mentor, sharing his vast law knowledge and experience with me in my practice of law as well.
Phillip G. 
Phillip G. 
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If there was ever a person that you would want to represent you it is by far your best decision to use Attorney Bob Shute. My accident happened several years ago and Bob Shute never gave up and worked so hard for my best interest! He would explain everything in detail and would translate everything in layman’s terms so I would understood everything that was happening so that I was able to make the best decisions. He never gave up and fought hard for me! I would always recommend Attorney Shute for anything you needed!
Z. O-I.
Z. O-I.
Read More
I would highly recommend The Injury Office of Robert Shute to anyone in need of legal services. He is not only Honest, Reliable and caring, but his office is always professional, responsive, knowledgeable and resourceful. He explains the process entirely and does all he can to ensure a great outcome for all his clients. Attorney Robert Shute is will always be my first choice, if I need it again.
Charlotte
Charlotte
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He was an amazing lawyer to work with and was always updating me whenever he got news with my settlement after getting hit by another car last year. He is excellent at explaining everything and gave great advice. Highly would recommend him to anyone.
Joe V
Joe V
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I had a great experience with Attorney Shute. He spent time to understand my situation, worked hard to develop the case and was persistent in pushing it through the process and in the end he got me a very good settlement. He is very knowledgeable and easy to interact with too. Hiring him was a good investment and I definitely would use him again.
Z. Coleman
Z. Coleman
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Attorney Shute is a great Lawyer! He represented me very well for the injury I got and he had my back the entire time. I highly recommend him!
Kathy V
Kathy V
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Attorney Shute does an outstanding job. I can't say enough good things about him and his work. Through the entire process, he was very patient and professional and kept us informed of his progress. He always took the time to be sure we clearly understood our options and he secured a great and fair settlement in a very timely manner. He was really wonderful to work with during a very stressful time. I very highly recommend Attorney Shute!
A.B., Springfield
A.B., Springfield
Read More
Attorney Shute is an exceptional lawyer who practices law with honesty and genuine integrity to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. He has a friendly staff and he is always available to answer questions about your case and explains every possible scenario so that as a client you are aware of all of your options and you remain well informed about the status of your case. My family and I have utilized his services on more than one occasion and his results have proven to be fair and reasonable. I would definitely recommend his services to others.
Jeannine M.
Jeannine M.
Read More
I was hit by a hit and run vehicle as pedestrian. I went through the motions as instructed by the proper people. Hiring an attorney was not something I had realized I needed to do. After being in the Dr's office overwhelmed by the paperwork and pain someone said, your Attorney will do that for you. So I went on a hunt. If you are looking for an Attorney who you can actually talk to on the phone, Attorney Shute is your guy. He was always very professional and he explained everything in a way I always understood. He is patient, a good listener and aware of my injuries making me comfortable. I don't hesitate to tell people he's a great choice. And oh yes, we won my case.
E.C., Greenfield
E.C., Greenfield
Read More
Attorney Shute helped me through a difficult legal process after I was injured in an auto accident. Although the case was complex, he carefully, methodically and patiently advised me over all the hurdles that were placed in our path. Even the smallest accidents can be traumatic and legal nightmares. Attorney Shute traveled to my home to meet with me while I was injured and so traumatized I was unable to drive. He is smart, capable, and accessible. I recommend him very highly to anyone in need of expert personal injury advice.
R. Sears,
R. Sears,
Read More
Robert did a fantastic job with my case. I can’t express that enough! Absolutely on point and very helpful!!! I recommend him to everyone!
J. Price
J. Price
Read More
I was dealing with a tough situation and needed legal guidance. Attourney Shute not only helped me through the process, he helped give me a better understanding of how the legal process works when dealing with various aspects of legal formalities. He is always punctual and pleasant as well and did a wonderful job of keep me in the loop of happenings and explaining aspects that I was not clear about throughout my experience. He made me feel more comfortable and confident with his legal guidance. I would recommend Attourney Shute to anyone in need of legal guidance or assistance and will guarantee you will be very satisfied with all the services and legal expertise he provides. Definately will be my go to Attorney on any legal matters
Loren D.
Loren D.
Read More
Attorney Shute was thorough, professional, and knowledgeable with our case. We highly recommend him!
S. Torres
S. Torres
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I would like to thank Mr shute for all his help he went above and beyond for me yoou are the best I have could not have done this without you thanks to you I have a future again and I have no worries and God bless and thank you for everything you are the best I appreciate everything you've done for me and for my family thank you thank you thank you
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