There are many different types of car accidents, and finding yourself involved in a crash because of someone else’s careless driving is incredibly frustrating. Some of the more serious accidents that we have seen involve highway crashes. When an accident takes place at a high speed or in heavy roadway congestion, the outcome can be devastating or even fatal for everyone involved. There are certain considerations unique to highway accidents that a victim should take into account. A seasoned Massachusetts car accident lawyer at our firm is standing by to help you start exploring your right to compensation and to protect your interest at each phase of the process.Establishing Liability in a Highway Accident
In busy locations, such as the Boston area, there are thousands of drivers navigating the roadways on any given day. Whether they are commuting to work or headed elsewhere, many drivers on the highway often break the law by speeding, making unsafe lane changes, driving aggressively, or engaging in distracted driving habits like texting or talking on the phone. At high speeds, a sudden change in the road conditions can happen in a split second. If someone is staring at his or her phone, it will be nearly impossible to respond to the sudden change in a sufficient and safe manner.
If you were harmed in a highway accident, you can file a negligence lawsuit against the person who caused your injuries to recover compensation, and a seasoned accident attorney can help. In the lawsuit, the first step involves showing that the other driver owed you a duty of care and that he or she failed to drive according to that duty. When it comes to driving, motorists have a duty to operate their vehicles with reasonable care and skill, which includes obeying traffic laws, paying attention, and not being distracted behind the wheel. There are countless ways that drivers fail to drive according to this standard, including driving while intoxicated, aggressive driving, and texting while driving. In some instances, drivers do not take inclement weather into consideration, which is a common occurrence in Massachusetts. Drivers can also frequently forget to use turn signals, to yield the right-of-way, or to drive on the right side of the road.Receive the Damages That You Deserve
Once you have proven that the other driver did not operate his or her vehicle with the appropriate standard of care, you must prove that this failure caused your injuries. Defendants in car accident cases will frequently attempt to argue that some other factor was the primary cause of your injuries, including a road hazard, poor roadway design, another driver, or even your own alleged negligence. If the defendant can convince the jury that you were 51% or more at fault for the accident, then you will be prohibited from receiving compensation from the defendant.
There are many different types of damages that you can claim in a car accident lawsuit, and a knowledgeable car accident lawyer can help you determine which kinds you may be eligible for. The most common example is reimbursement for your past and future expected medical bills. This includes hospital bills, ambulance charges, medications, and physical therapy costs. If you are facing a long recovery or permanent disabilities, then you can seek compensation for expenses associated with this ongoing care. Many plaintiffs also lose wages as a result of their injuries while those with permanent injuries may face a reduction in their earning capacity. Finally, you can also seek compensation for your diminished quality of life if you suffered a catastrophic injury.Retain a Compassionate Car Accident Lawyer in Massachusetts
Our compassionate and dedicated legal team has handled numerous vehicle collisions, including highway accidents. As a result, we have witnessed firsthand just how stressful and horrific this situation can be for the victim and his or her family. We are available to serve clients in areas around Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, Newton, Waltham, Somerville, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, Quincy, and Peabody. To schedule a free and confidential consultation with our team call us at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online. Time may be running out on your right to receive compensation so don’t wait.