Boston Car Accident Lawyers
A car accident can upend your whole life. More than just damage to your vehicle, a crash can leave you with serious, debilitating injuries, strip you of the ability to work or enjoy the things you once did and even cost the life of someone you love.
The Boston car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman understand the significant challenges crash victims often face in obtaining compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Our injury law firm has successfully handled thousands of auto accident cases, recovering millions for those whose lives have been affected by another driver’s carelessness.
When we take on your case, you can be confident of your attorney’s skill and our law firm’s resources in the proper handling of every aspect – from dealing with insurance adjusters to settlement negotiations to mediation to preparation for a jury trial.
The types of crash cases we handle include (but are not limited to):
- Car vs. Motorcycle Accidents
- Construction Site Car Accidents
- Car vs. Bicycle Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Chain Reaction Accidents
- Accidents Caused by Driver Impairment
- Rear-end Collisions
- Car Accidents While Using UBER
- Sideswipe Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Car Accidents Caused by Excessive Speeding
- Fatal Car Accidents
- Hit-and-Run Crashes
- Weather-Related Crashes
- Distracted Driving Car Accidents
Some of what we may fight to recover:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Potential
- Physical Pain and Suffering
- Mental Anguish/ Emotional Suffering
- Loss of Consortium (claims brought by spouses or children)
- Property Damage
In each case, we carefully consider the facts to identify every possible defendant and the full extent of damages. This allows us to pursue claims in a manner that maximizes recovery.Massachusetts Crash Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates there are roughly 6.3 million police-reported car accidents nationally each year. Within this, about 35,000 people die and nearly 2.5 million are injured.
That means nearly 100 people are dying in traffic collisions in America every day. This has a national economic cost of $242 billion, which includes lost productivity, workplaces losses, medical expenses, legal and court costs, property damage, emergency medical services and insurance administration costs. When we factor in the quality of life valuations - the intangible value that results particularly from serious injuries or wrongful deaths – that federal figure rises to nearly $840 billion.Massachusetts is not immune.
Over a recent 10-year time span, the NHTSA counted nearly 3,700 traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth. A notable percentage of those included motorcyclists and pedestrians.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security reports the state has an annual average of:
- 111,000 total crashes.
- 4,700 serious injuries.
- 360 deaths.
Auto accidents are a leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 23.
As for injuries, violent car accidents have been associated with:
- Traumatic brain injury.
- Broken bones.
- Permanent scarring/ disfigurement.
- Internal organ damage.
- Muscle strains/ whiplash.
These kinds of injuries can be life-altering. While you focus on physical recovery, our focus will be on helping you recover financially.Causes of Boston Car Accidents
Most traffic deaths are caused by the negligence of one or more individuals, companies or government agencies. When it comes to driver negligence, the NHTSA reports:
- Nearly one-third of fatal crashes involve a Drunk Driver.
- Speeding kills an average of 9,300 people a year.
- Distracted Driving kills about 3,200 people annually.
- Approximately 850 people die a year due to Drowsy Driving.
Each of these actions is the result of a conscious choice. Even a driver never intends to hurt anyone, the choices to speed, drive impaired or avert attention from the road has serious and sometimes deadly consequences for which they must be held accountable.
In these cases, you may have the option of seeking compensation from that individual’s insurer and potentially others whose negligence may have also contributed to the injuries or losses in question.
Compensation from corporations may arise when:
- The at-fault driver was on-the-job at the time of the crash.
- An active and poorly-configured construction zone contributed to the crash.
- A defective vehicle/ vehicle part contributed to causing the crash or exacerbating the resulting injuries.
Meanwhile, we may seek to hold government agencies accountable when:
- A government employee or contractor was negligently operating a vehicle.
- A highway or roadway was defectively designed/ poorly maintained.
- A dangerous condition on the roadway persisted despite the agency’s actual or constructive knowledge of it.
The takeaway here is that most accidents are preventable. Our Boston car accident attorneys are always vigilant in our efforts to help our clients receive the full compensation to which they are entitled.Massachusetts No-Fault Rules
There are two basic ways car accidents are handled in this country: Fault vs. No Fault.
In “Fault” states, drivers can take one another to court for compensation regardless of the severity of their losses. In “No Fault” states, those involved in crashes can’t pursue injury claims in court until certain criteria are met.
Massachusetts is a “No Fault” state, per Mass. Ann Laws ch. 90, Section 34M. This provision deals specifically with “personal injury protection,” also known as “PIP.” What this means is drivers are required to maintain a minimum amount of auto insurance coverage in anticipation of a crash. Then if a collision does occur, a person must first file a claim with his or her own auto insurance company for personal injury protection and other benefits.
If a crash victim wants to file a lawsuit against a driver outside of this no-fault system, he or she will need to prove they incurred:
- At least $2,000 in medical bills and,
- Accident-related injuries that include broken bones, substantial loss of hearing or vision or some serious degree of disfigurement.
If your case meets this threshold, there are several types of claims we may pursue, including:
- Personal Injury.
- Wrongful Death.
- Product Liability.
- Insurance Bad Faith.
Your lawyer will be able to help you ascertain early on which potential causes may be applicable in your case.
It’s worth noting that if you share some of the blame for the crash, you are not prevented from suing. Per Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 231, section 85, Massachusetts follows a system of “modified comparative negligence.” What this means is crash victims can claim damages against another so long as his or her share of the fault doesn’t exceed 51 percent. However, if the court does find the plaintiff (the person who filed the claim) was comparatively negligent, his or her share of financial damages will be lowered by that share.Minimum Auto Insurance Required
Massachusetts law requires all drivers to carry a minimum amount of insurance – and it should be noted the rates in the Commonwealth fall below the national average.
- PIP (personal injury protection): $8,000 per person, per crash
- Bodily injury to others: $20,000 per person/ $40,000 per crash
- Property damage: $5,000 per crash
- Bodily injury caused by uninsured vehicle: $20,000 per person/ $40,000 per crash
Uninsured motorist coverage (UM), per M.G.L. ch. 175, section 113L, protects you when you are injured by another driver who either doesn’t have insurance or who is not identified (i.e., hit-and-run).
The law does NOT require underinsured motorist coverage (UIM), but it’s an excellent idea to have it. Underinsured motorist coverage will compensate if your losses exceed the amount of the at-fault driver’s insurance. Considering that most drivers only carry the minimum amount of coverage and many serious crashes can result in extensive losses, having good UM/ UIM coverage is important, as it gives your car accident attorney another viable avenue of compensation on your behalf.
We understand how a car accident can affect your life. We are committed to helping you obtain the financial compensation necessary to get on with your life.
Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today for a free and confidential consultation.
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