Springfield Car Accidents
Springfield, Massachusetts is number four on the list of top 10 cities where a car accident in most likely to occur. Drivers in Springfield will have an accident once every 5.4 years, according to Cars.com. This makes drivers in this area 85.8 percent more likely to become involved in a motor vehicle collision than the national average!
When a car accident occurs, victims could suffer serious or even fatal injuries. A Springfield car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman can represent victims of collisions and help them to pursue a claim for damages. Call today to schedule a consultation and learn more.Springfield, MA Auto Accident Risks
Located in Western New England near Agawam, West Springfield, Chicopee, and Longmeadow, Springfield is the third largest city in Massachusetts. As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 153,060 while Metropolitan Springfield had an estimated population of 683,903 as of 2009. Springfield is known for its Victorian residential architecture; for its proximately to Hartford Connecticut, and for being the “economic center” of Western Massachusetts.
As the home to the largest Fortune 100 Company in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as the home to the state’s third largest employer, many people live and work in the Springfield area. Unfortunately, high volumes of traffic in this populous city can make the roads dangerous.
In 2011 alone, City Data reports that there were five fatal accidents in Springfield involving 10 people and resulting in five deaths. Seven of those collisions were caused by impaired drivers. The intersection of Boston Road and Parker Street in Springfield was also ranked as one of the most dangerous intersections in the nation in 2013, according to Mass Live. The intersection sees as many as 50,000 vehicles every day and is one of the busiest crossroads in the entire Western Massachusetts area. When motor vehicle collisions occur on Springfield’s streets, it is important for victims to understand their rights.A Springfield Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
A study from the Insurance Research Council released in 2014 found that more victims of motor vehicle collisions are seeking legal help after involvement in crashes. Today, 36 percent of victims making a personal injury protection (PIP) claim are represented by an attorney, which is more than double the number of victims who had legal help in 1977. A full 50 percent of injury victims making a bodily injury claim also had legal help.
Hiring an attorney is essential because motor vehicle collisions can be costly. As the National Safety Council reports:
- The average economic cost per fatality in a motor vehicle collision was $1,410,000 in 2012.
- The average economic cost resulting from a non-fatal disabling injury in a motor vehicle collision was $78,900 in 2012.
Those responsible for causing a crash should compensate victims for medical bills; loss of income; pain and suffering; emotional distress; and other financial and non-economic losses. Family members of those killed in fatal accidents are also entitled to make a wrongful death claim. Plaintiffs making a claim for compensation must prove the defendant was negligent or failed to exercise reasonable care behind the wheel. A car accident attorney can provide assistance proving the elements of a car accident claim.
Schedule your free consultation with a Springfield car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman. Call (617) 367-2900 or contact us online.