You often put yourself at risk as you travel roads and highways throughout Massachusetts. The person in the next lane could be safety conscious; however, they could also be distracted, drunk, a speeder, or simply reckless.
When one of these risky people crashes into your car, the outcome is often predictable. Bad drivers put you and your passengers at risk. They cause serious damage and severe and catastrophic injuries. If you were injured in a car accident caused by someone else, contact Dolman Law Group’s experienced Massachusetts car accident attorneys today for a free initial consultation.
Accidents Are Often Preventable
You spend months, even years, managing medical, psychological, and emotional trauma. In addition, you suffer from physical injury, long-term disabilities, and financial consequences that often change your life.
Accidents are usually the result of poor driving, negligent actions, and preventable circumstances. When a negligent driver harms you, you deserve financial recovery for your injuries.
When you work with our Massachusetts auto accident lawyers, they work hard to ensure that negligent drivers pay for their actions through an insurance settlement, litigating your personal injury lawsuit, and possibly seeking punitive damages.
Contact an auto accident lawyer at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, today to see how we can help you with your legal matter.
Compassionate Legal Representation for Massachusetts Auto Accident Victims
Personal injury law firms like the Dolman Law Group, believe that negligent drivers must pay for the damages they inflict upon others. We have always fought hard for our injured clients. In addition, we have used our firm’s workforce and resources to recover compensation on the behalf of crash victims, including:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Future wages or lost wages
- Repair costs
- Non-economic damages (including, reduced quality of life and mental recovery)
We have dedicated our practice to providing big-firm advocacy and small-firm compassion.
Our personal injury attorneys have sought fair results for our injured clients. We have investigated their accidents, determined the responsible parties, and placed them on notice.
We have reviewed and evaluated our clients’ injuries to learn how the accident affected their lives. And we have explored every option to recover damages for our injured clients and their families.
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Our Firm’s Results
Our lawyers have a consistent track record of recovering damages for our injured clients. As a result, we have recovered millions of dollars by resolving cases in ways that best meet their immediate and future needs.
When possible, we have resolved cases through aggressive negotiations. For example, we have worked directly with insurance carriers, self-insured entities, and their defense attorneys. In addition, our attorneys have resolved our clients’ cases through mediation, settlement conferences, and other alternative resolution forums.
We have prepared each case from the beginning, anticipating that a civil lawsuit was one of the possible outcomes. When litigation was the best option, we had no problem trying our clients’ cases. Our attorneys have presented their evidence before the court and let a judge and jury make an informed decision.
As no two cases are alike, we cannot promise a specific settlement. However, we share our case results to demonstrate our firm’s commitment to client advocacy and optimum outcomes.
- $3.2 million trucking accident: Our law firm recovered $3.2 million for our client’s brain injury. We are complying with our client’s privacy request by keeping the details confidential.
- $1.58 million jury verdict, car accident: Our client sustained two herniated discs resulting in spinal cord impingement. The negligent driver’s insurance company would not settle fairly and tried to show that the injuries were pre-existing. We allowed a jury to make the decision based on evidence.
- $1 million settlement, car accident: Our client sustained bodily injury in an auto accident. We filed suit and litigated the case for 14 months. We eventually settled before the trial date.
- $1.75 million settlement, trucking accident: A semi-truck struck our client’s vehicle, causing multiple injuries. Our legal team filed a suit because the liability insurance company would not negotiate fairly. Eventually, they increased their offer, and we settled the accident lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation with a car accidents lawyer serving Massachusetts, call 833-552-7274
Auto Accidents in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation documented 140,410 vehicle crashes during 2019. The statewide crash portal lists 99,743 as non-injury accidents. The numbers are not as positive as they seem.
Statistics also show 33,168 confirmed or suspected injuries. Some victims sustained fatal injuries. Others have medical issues with the potential to cause life-changing consequences.
Bad Driving Behaviors Cause Massachusetts Car Accidents
Risky driving behaviors often cause or contribute to most accidents. While some drivers operate their cars defensively and drive safely, others drive as though safety does not matter.
Drinking and Driving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has documented 28 drunk driving deaths each day. In addition, the agency’s recent statistics show that 488 Massachusetts drivers were involved in fatal accidents.
Based on Section 24 of Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Laws, a person is legally considered a drunk driver when a test confirms that they have a 0.08% blood alcohol content. Alcohol affects a person’s driving behavior long before their blood reaches that level. At BAC levels as low as 0.02%, drivers begin experiencing losses in judgment and declines in functioning that often contribute to impaired driving.
Doing Drugs While Driving
Drugs impaired drivers’ actions often cause or contribute to accidents. Drugs affect driving, whether legal or illegal, prescription, non-prescription, or recreational. Marijuana and other drugs often cause drowsiness, sleepiness, and delayed reaction times.
In a recent drug-impaired driving study, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association discussed drug use and how it relates to traffic accidents. Of the fatally injured drivers who tested for drugs after an accident, 43.6% tested positive for drugs.
They also found that 50.5% tested positive for two or more drugs, and 40.7% had both drugs and alcohol in their blood.
NHTSA’s most recent annual statistics show that speeding was a factor in 9,478 traffic fatalities nationwide. When a driver is operating a vehicle under the influence or involved in other unsafe behaviors, speeding worsens the outcome.
Often a speeding driver will not stop because they never notice that there is a problem. When a speeding driver detects a problem, excessive speed cuts down their time to execute defensive maneuvers and avoid an accident.
Some states reinforce traffic laws and reduce speeding incidents by using automated enforcement technology and red-light cameras at critical intersections.
The NHTSA recently documented 3,142 distracted driving-related fatalities in a single year. The figures are likely higher, but after an accident occurs, it is often difficult to confirm that a driver was distracted. The National Transportation Safety Board acknowledges distracted driving as a significant transportation concern. They recommend eliminating all digital device use while driving.
Ubiquitous phone use has inspired a backlash against distracted drivers, but digital devices are not the only driving distraction. As the NTSB explains, “…executing any task other than driving is dangerous and risks a crash….”
The agency does not see hands-free phones as a distraction solution. They still take the mind off its primary driving tasks. The NTSB recommends driver education, stricter enforcement, and banning all digital devices while driving.
Drowsy driving is also a problem with drivers taking prescription or non-prescription drugs. But, as the NHTSA explains, it is challenging to confirm drowsy driving after an accident. This is because there are not enough clues.
As drivers age, they deal with additional driving challenges. Massachusetts DOT statistics show that older adults caused or contributed to 25.4 thousand accidents in 2019. The most recent annual NHTSA nationwide statistics show that 7,214 older drivers died in car and truck accidents. Physical and cognitive issues play a role in causing more accidents as people age.
- Physical and medical conditions contribute to accident severity.
- Some older adults have difficulty maintaining speed and controlling lane positioning.
- Some older drivers misjudge gaps between moving cars.
- A recent NHTSA study concluded that older adults often focus on the road ahead and forgo the visual scanning that would make them more aware of hazards around them.
- Older adults with mild cognitive impairments had fewer problems than those with dementia and more severe mental issues. However, the NHTSA still recommends additional training to help older adults overcome the spectrum of cognitive issues.
- When older drivers are involved in crashes, their frailty leaves them more subject to severe and catastrophic medical conditions.
Top Accident Locations in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation tracked seven years of accident data and identified the areas where frequent accidents occur. The Crash Locations Map shows a significant cluster of crashes in the Boston area.
Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s recent top location accident report pinpoints the two intersections in the state where more crashes occurred than any other location.
- #1 Lowell, MA: A Veterans of Foreign Wars Highway intersection accommodates traffic flow from Bridge St and a third intersecting street, Lakeview Ave. Over the seven years studied, 124 wrecks occurred at this intersection. These included 96 non-injury accidents and 28 crashes that had injuries or fatalities.
- #2 Milton, MA: The intersection of Randolph Ave. and Chickatawbut Rd is the second most frequent location for accidents in the state. Sixty crashes occurred there over the seven years studied. Thirty were non-injury crashes, and 30 involved injuries or fatalities.
Common Car Accident Injuries in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, vehicle occupants do not sustain injuries in most accidents. Some accidents are simple fender benders. When the impact is light, many people walk away unharmed. Unfortunately, injured vehicle occupants are not as fortunate.
Of the accidents that occurred in the state during a recent one-year time frame, 2,311 people reported severe injuries, and 323 died. (These casualty figures include pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.)
How and Why Massachusetts Car Accident Injuries Occur
Injured passengers seek treatment for various conditions, from soft tissue injuries and sprains to catastrophic, disabling trauma.
Several factors increase the chance of catastrophic injuries.
- When an accident occurs, speed enhances both property damage and injuries. Speed multiplies the force on impact, increasing the chance of more severe injuries. When a speeding driver observes an unsafe situation, brakes do not always slow them down enough to reduce the impact.
- The impact points often determine the type of injury a driver or passenger sustains. For example, a severe frontal impact often injures a passenger’s lower extremities. Serious side impacts sometimes cause injuries due to metal intrusions into the rear passenger compartment. A rear impact often causes the whiplash movement that injures a passenger’s neck, back, and spine.
- Safety equipment sometimes prevents or lessens injury severity, but not always. For instance, seat belts often constrict a passenger’s abdomen and chest when an impact is severe. This sometimes causes fractures and internal damage.
Types of Massachusetts Car Accident Injuries
Serious crashes often cause catastrophic injuries. For example, statistics from the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Database show that vehicular accidents caused 50% of the brain injuries to the 18,126 patients in their database.
The National Spinal Cord Statistical Center statistics show that vehicular accidents caused 38.6% of the SCI injuries for the 34,130 people they currently monitor.
Car accidents cause many additional types of injuries.
- SCI-related paralysis
- Traumatic brain injury
- Disc and spine injuries
- Nerve damage
- Severe sprains and strains
- Muscular damage
- Severe Burns
- Multiple fractures and crushes
- Traumatic amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Fatal injuries
Car accidents can also cause emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other non-economic damages.
Massachusetts Car Accident FAQs
When you pass a car accident on the street, you realize that it could easily have been you. Bad drivers are everywhere. They speed, drive distracted, and drink before getting behind the wheel. It is difficult to avoid a bad driver’s destructive acts no matter how safely you go. A single crash could destroy your car, cause serious injuries, and change your life.
At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we want you to be safe. However, we also want you to be prepared if an accident occurs. Therefore, we created our Car Accident FAQ so you will know what to expect, and you will understand your basic legal options.
How Often Do Accidents Occur in Massachusetts?
MassDOT crash and fatal injury portals track accidents throughout the state. A recent year’s statistics show that 140,411 accidents occurred in Massachusetts. These statistics include vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents.
How Often Do People Sustain Injuries in Massachusetts Car Accidents?
No one reported injuries for 99,743 of the 140,411 crashes reported in a recent year. That sounds positive until you consider the fates of those who did sustain injuries. Injured people seek medical treatment and follow-up physician’s care.
Those with catastrophic or serious injuries often remain hospitalized for extended periods, leading to exorbitant hospital bills, repair bills, and other expenses. Even people with minor injuries need medical care. Many injured people lose income because of temporary impairments. People with the most severe injuries never work again.
In just one recent year, Massachusetts saw:
- 140,411 crashes.
- 99,743 crashes did not cause injuries.
- 2,311 serious injuries.
- 15,335 minor injuries.
- 15,200 possible injuries.
- 323 fatal injuries.
What Is the Most Common Type of Car Accident?
The NHTSA tracks data for all accident types. Their recent statistics documented these national trends:
- Nationally, rear-end impacts caused 594,000 injuries, more than other accident types.
- Rear-end impacts also led to 2,439 fatal car accidents.
- Angled impacts (T-bones, intersections, etc.) caused 6,037 fatalities, more than other types of accidents. Angled impacts caused 515,000 injuries nationwide.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Massachusetts Car Accidents?
Insurance companies, attorneys, and courts use the legal process to look at many factors in determining the legal liability of an accident.
“Cause” is often a combination of human, vehicle, and environmental factors.
- Vehicle: Some vehicles contribute to accidents due to improper maintenance, failed repairs, and vehicle defects such as bad brakes.
- Environmental: Poorly maintained pavement, adverse weather, and confusing traffic patterns often contribute to accidents.
- Human: Vehicle operators are usually the most significant factor in causing an accident. Risky behaviors that prevent drivers from reacting to the road surface, weather, traffic, or mechanical emergencies, include:
- Reckless driving
- Driving distracted,
- Falling asleep at the wheel, and driving while drug- or alcohol-impaired.
Who Decides if the Liable Parties Owe for My Massachusetts Car Accident Injuries?
Insurance companies decide when their insureds are responsible for damages. Then, they investigate to determine if their insured is at fault.
Then they often rely on a simple negligence formula to evaluate liability.
- A duty owed: Did their insured driver have a responsibility to you? (to stop at a traffic sign, drive safely, etc.)
- Breach of duty: Did their insured driver fail to comply with that duty of care?
- Proximate cause: Did that failure cause the accident?
- Damages: Did you sustain damage or injuries due to that failure/accident?
Insurance companies must make prudent decisions based on their insured’s legal responsibilities. They sometimes decide that their insured’s negligent behavior is not liable for a person’s damages, and they deny liability. They sometimes make a quick settlement offer and refuse to pay more if they decide to pay. Often settlement decisions involve financial issues such as policy limits and claim reserves.
If you disagree with an insurer’s decision, you have other options. An experienced team of lawyers can help you recover financial compensation. However, you must take action before the statute of limitations period of time expires.
When a Police Officer Gives the At-Fault Party a Ticket, Doesn’t That Mean They Are at Fault?
When an insurer evaluates a police officer’s report, they see it as formal documentation of the people, vehicles, accident scene, and circumstances. Most insurance claim handlers understand that, unless a police officer witnessed an accident, anything they say about fault is an opinion.
Even if the officer issues a ticket to an at-fault driver, insurance companies do not automatically accept it as a measure of responsibility.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Massachusetts Car Accident Claim?
Massachusetts General Laws provide a three-year statute of limitations time limit for an auto accident claim. Therefore, the clock begins ticking when your accident occurs. Your time to take action expires three years later. If you fail to settle your claim or file a lawsuit in time, you lose your right to file a claim for damages.
Do I Have to File a Lawsuit to Get a Massachusetts Auto Accident Settlement?
You have three years to work out a settlement with the responsible party’s insurer, but that does not always happen. Insurers sometimes refuse to pay. They do not always make fair compensation offers when they decide to pay. When you realize that you may never reach a fair settlement, a lawsuit may be your best option.
What Happens if a Hit-And-Run Driver Injures Me in Massachusetts?
It is challenging enough when you have to deal with a problematic liability insurer. It is worse when there is no liability insurance to pay for your injuries. Unfortunately, this sometimes happens when the person who injures you does not have liability coverage.
It also occurs when someone crashes into your car, then leaves the scene without identifying themselves.
When you have uninsured motorist coverage on your auto policy, your insurer pays your damages under these circumstances:
- The person who caused the accident leaves the scene.
- The liability carrier declines its insured’s coverage.
- The liability insurer becomes insolvent.
- The responsible driver has insurance but not enough to cover your damages.
Uninsured/underinsured motorists’ coverage is mandatory under Massachusetts law. When you have an injury claim and the coverage applies, your insurer must establish a liability claim file for your damages. Then, they negotiate, settle, and handle your claim as a liability insurer would.
How Can a Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?
From the moment an auto accident injures you, your life gets complicated. Your insurance provider investigators want information, so they visit you in your hospital room. They call you to ask questions, and they knock on your door. Investigators even talk to your neighbors to get the information they need.
Car accident attorneys help you through this difficult time. They intervene on your behalf and protect your legal interests while you take time to heal.
The decision to work with a legal representative is up to you. You have the right to deal directly with the negligent party who injured you until you hear from his insurer. Then, you decide if you want to give the insurer a recorded statement.
Finally, you decide if you’re going to answer all their questions and provide the requested personal information.
In the end, they retain the right to deny your claim. Insurers may deny liability claims, even when you cooperate and comply with every request.
When you choose to work with an experienced car crash attorney, your legal professional handles these complications on your behalf. They use their time, energy, and resources to provide essential services.
Arrange a Free Consultation
When you consult with an accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident, you learn that you have choices and legal options. A legal consultation is a no-pressure opportunity to help you determine your next move. A law offices team member will make an appointment convenient for you and your circumstances.
- Phone consultation
- Scheduled call
- Live chat
Listen to Your Version of the Accident
Car accident lawyers understand that every accident and all legal claims are different. They ask questions because they know that your story is the key to resolving your injury claim. Your information helps determine the negligent parties, contributing factors, and legal issues. It becomes the roadmap by which your attorney investigates the accident.
When you discuss medical bills, treatment protocols, and accident-related impairments, your attorney also understands more about your compensable damages. These details help your legal counsel evaluate your case and determine your maximum settlement value to cover property damage claims, medical expenses, out of pocket expenses, and other economic losses.
Answer Your Questions
Of course, you have questions too. Attorneys help you feel comfortable with an ongoing Q&A. They are legal professionals who are available and ready to answer your questions.
Initially, attorneys respond based on prior cases and general knowledge. Then, they provide more detailed answers as they learn more about your specific accident.
Handle Your Case on a Contingency Fee Basis
When you go to the doctor or any other professional, they give you a bill and expect immediate payment. Car accident attorneys do not work that way. They understand that injured people often have financial concerns, but they still deserve solid legal representation.
Attorneys take cases and perform services for weeks, often years. They could work hard on your behalf, but according to a contingency fee model, they usually only charge a fee when resolving your case.
Investigate Your Accident
Your version of an accident becomes the starting point for a thorough investigation. Law firm investigators rely on your information as they research and uncover evidence.
Relevant evidence supports your position when your attorney negotiates or tries your case, such as:
- Site investigation
- Vehicle impact analysis
- Witness statements
- Police reports and formal documents
Once a skilled car accident attorney has a complete picture of the issues, they evaluate liability. This involves reviewing the evidence and establishing a viable liability theory. They ensure that supporting evidence meets standards that allow it to hold up if presented in court.
If your attorney believes they can negotiate a settlement, they present their theories to the liability insurance carrier. Then, they make demands based on their liability and injury evaluations.
Evaluate Your Injuries
Personal injury lawyers understand that no two injuries are the same. That is why they obtain and review all relevant medical reports and hospital records before giving an opinion on value. In addition, they seek opinions from medical experts.
They also rely on their experience with past settlements and recent court judgments involving similar injuries and liability issues.
Negotiate Your Settlement
Car accident lawyers always do what is best for their clients. However, sometimes it is best to settle your injury claim so you can move on with your life. When liability insurers cooperate, attorneys work with them to accomplish that goal.
Aggressive negotiation allows your attorney to resolve your case without the expense and time commitments involved filing a lawsuit.
File a Lawsuit on Your Behalf
If negotiations do not deliver the anticipated results, attorneys may recommend filing a lawsuit. An attorney would consult with you before filing on your behalf. Then, they draft a complaint and follow a process that complies with Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure.
A lawsuit names you and your spouse as the plaintiffs and the responsible party as the defendant. Next, the suit explains your attorney’s liability theory and describes your injuries. Finally, it makes a formal demand for damages.
The lawsuit process is often prolonged. In preparation for a day in court, attorneys conduct discovery, including depositions, document requests, and independent medical testimony.
Before a judge adds your case to a trial docket, the attorneys participate in settlement phone calls, mediations, and conferences. In most cases, attorneys settle during one of these sessions.
Participate in Alternative Dispute Resolution
In Massachusetts, dispute resolution rules make ADR mandatory in many situations. Mediation is a frequently used ADR. It is a system of facilitated negotiation that brings together all the involved parties in a neutral setting. These sessions often lead to settlements.
Present Your Case in Court
Injury cases rarely go to trial. Most court officials encourage the parties to resolve their differences informally. If they cannot, your attorney must try your case. A trial often requires costly preparation.
Car accident attorneys often present live or video testimony from liability, medical, and financial specialists. Then, they offer their evidence and argue their liability theories in open court.
Your attorney advises you whether a bench or a jury trial is the right option for your case. In a bench trial, a judge hears the evidence and renders a verdict. In a jury trial, the attorneys select jurors. The judge provides instructions at the end of a jury trial, and jurors decide the outcome.
Execute Settlement Documents
Whether your attorney settles or tries your case, it is not over until the two of you handle the final details.
- Your attorney prepares a release of all claims and a lawsuit dismissal entry.
- You sign the completed documents.
- The liability insurer releases your settlement funds.
- Your attorney files the dismissal entry with the court.
- Your attorney disburses your settlement and collects their fee.
Do You Need a Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyer to Handle Your Injury Claim?
It generally works out better when you do. Auto accident attorneys understand liability and damage issues of personal injury claims. Skilled attorneys address legal matters you might not recognize.
They confront insurance companies, insurance adjusters, and responsible parties and stand up to them when they are unfair. Car accident attorneys do everything they can to help make sure their clients receive a fair settlement.
Call Our Massachusetts Car Crash Attorneys Now
If another driver caused an accident that injured you or a member of your family, you should seek immediate legal assistance from a team of qualified vehicle crash attorneys. At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, our legal professionals will work to recover damages from the person who caused your injuries.
An experienced attorney on our team will do everything they can to help you recover maximum compensation to cover vehicle repairs, physical therapy, wage loss, medical costs, and other accident-related expenses. For your free consultation and determining if we can help you, reach out to us by calling or sending a message through our contact page.