Worcester Car Accidents
Worcester, Massachusetts, the second largest city in New England, has the dubious distinction of being the city in the United States with the worst drivers in the nation. As Forbes reports, drivers in Worcester will be involved in a collision an average of once every 4.3 years. This means motorists in the area are 134.8 percent more likely to become involved in a car accident compared with the average American.
When a collision occurs, the victims may incur significant costs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) reports the total cost of economic losses, lost productivity and decreased quality of life due to motor vehicle accidents was $871 billion. Negligent motorists who cause these crashes should be responsible for covering losses. The car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman help victims in Worcester and surrounding areas to take legal action. Call today to learn more.Car Accident Risks in Worcester, MA
Worcester has been described as the Heart of the Commonwealth due to its convenient location. It is bordered by Auburn, Holden, Leicester, Paxton and West Bolyston. The city is 45 miles to the west of Boston and 38 miles to the northwest of Providence Rhode Island. Its convenient location means the city sees many local drivers as well as visitors passing through the area.
Drivers in Worcester face many risks on the roads. In recent years, judges in Worcester County have acquitted nearly 97 percent of accused drunk drivers and juries have acquitted 63 percent of people accused of driving drunk according to Mass Live. Acquittals leave potentially unsafe drivers on the roads.
In addition to intoxicated motorists on the road, drivers may put others at risk as a result of:
- Distracted driving.
- Fatigued driving.
- Reckless driving.
- Aggressive driving.
- Improper or illegal passing.
- Failure to follow rules of the road.
Whenever a collision occurs, it is important to determine the cause of the car accident. The Worcester Police should be contacted by calling 911 or the direct dispatch number at 508-799-8606. The police officers can come to the scene, write a report of the collision and issue any appropriate citations. The officer’s report of the accident may become important evidence in a motor vehicle accident claim.The Rights of Drivers After a Worcester, MA Accident
If a motorist is responsible for causing a collision, the motorist must compensate victims for all losses resulting from the crash, including:
- Medical treatment costs and expected future medical expenditures.
- Income loss including future losses.
- Pain and suffering.
- Loss of wages.
Wrongful death damages are also available to close family members of victims killed in motor vehicle collisions. Damages may include payment of funeral expenses; medical bills incurred by the deceased; and loss of companionship compensation.
Victims may obtain compensation through a negotiated settlement with the insurance company. A case may also be brought to court where a judge or jury can determine if the defendant should be held legally liable for collision losses.
In addition to taking legal action against negligent drivers, victims injured in collisions may also pursue claims against manufacturers of defective vehicles or agencies responsible for maintaining the roads.
A car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Jeffrey S. Glassman can help victims of Worcester collisions to pursue a claim after a collision. Schedule a free consultation today with the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman by calling (617) 367-2900. You can also contact us online.
Schedule your free consultation with a Worcester car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman. Call (617) 367-2900 or contact us online.