Every driver knows what it is like to dread an auto accident. Despite the fact that technology and safety features have improved dramatically over the past several decades, the reality is that drivers across New England are still at high risk of being involved in a car accident. There are good reasons to be concerned about car accidents, because the scope of injuries typically associated with a crash is quite high.
Far too many people in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire know just what it’s like to try to put your life back together post-accident. The reality is that accidents happen every day, leaving victims with devastating injuries. Some victims even suffer fatal injuries during a car accident.
Life After a Massachusetts Car Accident
For a victim who survives the accident, it feels as though your entire life has changed in a matter of a few moments. What used to be fun activities like playing football with friends, hiking, or swimming during the summer are no longer an option due to your pain. The medical bills for your treatment are piling up. You’ve missed weeks or more at work, unsure of whether you’ll ever be able to return. A car accident puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the victim and his or her family members.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Determining the cause of the crash is one of the first steps in proving negligence. Some of the common factors in the cause of a car accident include:
- Distracted Driving — Drivers who are distracted have a higher risk of causing a traffic accident because their eyes are not on the road and/or their minds are not focused on driving. Texting and driving is an extremely dangerous form of distracted driving because it involves cognitive, physical, and visual distractions.
- Impaired Driving — A person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner can be impaired by the use of drugs or alcohol. Many people may not realize that over-the-counter medications and prescription medications can also be an impairment.
- Drowsy or Fatigued Driving — In many ways, drowsy and fatigued driving are as dangerous as drunk driving. Being drowsy is an impairment just like being drunk or drugged. Drowsy and fatigued driving are common for truck drivers who do not get adequate sleep and rest between runs, students, swing shift workers, and night workers.
- Reckless Driving — Reckless driving, including speeding, is another common cause of accidents. Drivers who are aggressive or angry often take needless risks when driving such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, running red lights, turning without sufficient time, or cutting in front of traffic.
- Weather Conditions — Poor weather conditions can be a factor in auto accidents. However, in many cases, a driver is traveling too fast for conditions or following too closely which also contributes to the cause of the crash.
- Dangerous Road Conditions — Potholes, defective signs, malfunctioning traffic signals, missing guardrails, road debris, and other hazardous conditions can cause a driver to lose control and crash. In some cases, the driver may have a claim against a government entity or agency. However, these claims have very short filing deadlines, so victims must act quickly to consult with a Massachusetts auto accident lawyer for help.
There are many other reasons why an accident may occur. It is essential to determine the cause of the crash so that the responsible party may be identified. In addition, determining the cause of the crash can help in gathering evidence that will prove the other driver was negligent in causing the auto accident.
Why Negligence Matters
If someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior caused the auto accident in which you sustained critical injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. Every driver in Massachusetts is responsible for a general standard of attention and care behind the wheel. When someone neglects that and it ends up hurting others, that driver could be held liable in court. In complex accidents, there may be multiple negligent parties at fault, like a vehicle manufacturer, a pedestrian, or anyone else who causes a dangerous condition on the roads.
No matter how an accident happens, no victim should have to pay the price. That’s why a Massachusetts auto accident lawyer plays such an important role, by helping bring your case and working to ensure that your rights are protected. A successful personal injury claim could lead to compensation that helps you recover as effectively as possible and to move on with your life.
If you have been the victim of a car accident in New England, you need to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The statute of limitations gives you a strict window for filing a claim, and failing to meet this deadline means you may never be able to bring suit again for this accident.
Even if you’re not yet sure you want to file, set up a consultation with a Massachusetts auto accident lawyer so that you can learn about all of your options and determine the best course of action. There’s no doubt that an accident has the potential to shape your life in big ways, but you may have recourse through a personal injury lawsuit. Don’t hesitate to get all the facts and make an informed decision about your future.
Damages You May Claim in an Auto Accident Case
Each case is different; therefore, the types of damages in your case may or may not be the same as the damages in another accident claim. However, common damages for many injury claims include:
- Damage to property
- Loss of income
- Medical expenses
- Future damages, including loss of earning capacity and ongoing medical care
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Expenses paid related to the accident or injuries
- Permanent disabilities and impairments
- Damages associated with a wrongful death
The amount of money you might receive for your claim depends on numerous factors. Our attorney works closely with you and your physicians to ensure we include all damages in a demand for settlement. It is crucial that all damages are factored into a settlement. Once you settle the case and sign a release, you cannot request additional compensation even if you realize you have additional injuries or damages.
Contact an Attorney
Jim Glaser Law is a personal injury law firm in Boston, Massachusetts with offices in Sharon and Cambridge. Our law firm welcomes cases in practice areas such as workers’ compensation, auto accidents, motorcycle accidents and wrongful death. To schedule a consultation with Jim Glaser Law, please give us a call at 888-743-2079 or complete our contact inquiry form. Our firm serves injured people across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.