Bridgewater Car Accidents
In 2002, the intersection of High Street and Broad Streets in Bridgewater, Massachusetts was classified as a safety concern by the Old Colony Planning Council. Unfortunately, despite identifying this dangerous intersection, more than a decade has passed and no improvements have been completed nor has a traffic signal been added. Residents reportedly refer to the intersection as “Death Valley,” and have banded together to try to pressure city officials into moving more quickly to make changes to improve safety.
This dangerous intersection is just one of many locations where motor vehicle collisions may occur in Bridgewater. If an accident happens, victims should consult with a Bridgewater car accident lawyer for help understanding their rights. It may be possible to pursue a claim for compensation if someone else was to blame for the collision. Call to schedule a free evaluation of your case today at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman.Bridgewater, MA Residents Face Collision Risks
Motor vehicle collisions are the fourth-leading cause of death due to unintentional injury in Massachusetts. The number of deaths resulting from motor vehicle collisions has been declining 5.9 percent annually since 2002. Unfortunately, according to Mass.gov, motor vehicle-related deaths remain a top cause of fatalities for people among all age groups. Of the fatalities that occurred due to motor vehicle crashes, 18 percent were pedestrians; 15 percent motorcycle riders; and 66 percent were occupants of motor vehicles.
Some of these fatalities occur in Bridgewater. For example, in 2010, there were two fatal collisions in Bridgewater. A total of three vehicles and two people were involved in these accidents and two people died. City Data also reports that there were four vehicles and seven people in deadly traffic accidents in Bridgewater over the course of 2008.
Bridgewater. is in Plymouth County, Massachusetts and has a population of about 26,563 people. The city is 35 miles from Providence Rhode Island and 25 miles south of Boston. Interstate 495 intersects with Massachusetts Route 24 in the town, and mass Routes 18, 28, and 104 all run through Bridgewater. These and other locations are areas where accidents may occur that cause death or injury.Getting Help from a Bridgewater Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer
In 2012, the average cost of a fatality in a motor vehicle collision totaled $1,410,000. For those who experienced a disabling injury, the average cost was $78,900, according to the National Safety Council.
Victims who are hurt need to pursue a claim for compensation to obtain payment for damages from whomever was responsible for the motor vehicle accident. Victims may receive compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and wrongful death.
Most claims are brought against negligent drivers, but crash victims and their surviving family members may also sue manufacturers of defective cars as well as those responsible for road maintenance if a road defect causes the accident.
Schedule your free consultation with a Bridgewater car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman. Call (617) 367-2900 or contact us online.