Common Injuries in Car Accidents
When a car accident happens, it can be impossible to avoid suffering serious and painful injuries. This is especially true when the crash takes place at high speed or in an intersection. Having served numerous victims in vehicle accident matters, our legal team has encountered a wide variety of collision types and injuries. While some injuries are minor and will get better over time, other common injuries in car accidents can completely change the victim’s life and his or her family members’ lives too. If you were injured as the result of another driver’s failure to pay attention and follow the rules, a Massachusetts car accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates PC is ready to help you pursue the settlement or the judgment that you deserve.Common Injuries in Car Accidents
Almost any kind of injury can result from a car accident, but there are a few types of injuries that are common. First, rear end collisions tend to lead to neck and back injuries as the body absorbs the blow from the car in the rear. If the at-fault driver was speeding, this can be a serious amount of force. Common injuries include severe bruising, concussions, whiplash, and broken ribs from the seat belt or air bag deploying. Next, intersection collisions are incredibly dangerous, including T-bone crashes and head-on crashes. Victims of this type of crash can suffer internal bleeding, broken bones, fractures, spinal injuries, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and even death. Internal bleeding is particularly dangerous because you may not immediately realize that you are suffering an internal injury. If you are not treated in time, you may experience loss of consciousness and ultimately bleed out.
Scrapes and lacerations can occur in any type of accident, too. If your head or some other limb is slammed up against the side of the vehicle, then it could cause a nasty cut, which may leave a permanent scar. If you are disfigured as a result of your injuries, you can seek compensation for the long-lasting effect of the injury. Injuries to joints like knees and hips are also difficult for the victim because the body part may never be the same, or you may require a replacement surgery. Many car accident victims experience knee and hip injuries if their legs slam into the dashboard, steering wheel, or seat in front of them.
Finally, common injuries in car accidents can encompass mental or emotional trauma as a result of the crash, including post-traumatic stress disorder. The victim may find it difficult to drive again under similar conditions after a serious collision.Seeking Compensation from a Careless Driver
If you were injured in a car accident, you can assert a negligence claim against the person who caused the crash to recover compensation for your injuries. The first step is showing that the other driver owed you a duty of care. Under Massachusetts law, all drivers have a duty to act with reasonable care and skill when operating a motor vehicle. This includes paying attention to their surroundings, avoiding distractions like texting, and obeying traffic laws. Next, you must show that the at-fault driver did not operate his or vehicle pursuant to this standard of care. Obtaining a copy of a police report prepared following the crash or any other evidence such as witness statements can be a helpful step towards showing that the other driver breached the standard of care.
The third step requires you to show that you would not have been injured but for the defendant’s failure to drive appropriately. If the defendant can show that something else caused your injuries, including your own careless driving, then you may be barred from recovering compensation from that defendant.
Finally, you will be asked to provide documentation supporting the amount of compensation that you are seeking. This includes medical bills, paystubs, medical records showing the future medical care that you will need, pharmacy bills, and more. A skilled accident attorney can help you ensure that you request the full amount of compensation you may be owed.Massachusetts Lawyer Advocating for Car Accident Victims
If you feel overwhelmed and stressed out following a car accident, you are not alone. The vast majority of victims have never been involved in a crash and often have many questions about what they should do to protect their legal rights and seek recovery through insurance policies or other means. Our seasoned team of legal professionals offers a free consultation to discuss your situation and the course of action that might be best for you and your family. We are available to represent injured victims in areas around Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Quincy, Dedham, Newton, Norwood, Somerville, Brookline, and Peabody. To schedule your appointment with an attorney, call us at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online.