Speeding is one of the most common traffic violations that American drivers commit on a daily basis. There are many different reasons why drivers speed. Some people are late for work or to pick up children, while others are simply impatient behind the wheel. Regardless of the reasons, speeding can lead to some of the most devastating accidents, including fatal car crashes. At the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, our seasoned Massachusetts car accident lawyer has represented many victims of speeding accidents in Boston and the surrounding areas. We know how stressful and expensive this situation can be, especially if you are facing permanent disabilities due to the crash. We will ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the entire process while protecting your right to recover compensation from a driver who caused your injuries.Speed Limits in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has taken a number of steps to address the dangers that result from speeding. It adopted a Vision Zero campaign to eliminate serious and fatal traffic accidents by 2030.
Under Massachusetts law, drivers are required to obey posted speed limits. When there is no posted speed limit, drivers must travel at a reasonable and safe speed, taking into account the roadway conditions, weather, and any other hazards. In some of Massachusetts’ more densely populated areas, such as Boston, the speed limit is generally no more than 30 miles per hour. In 2016, the state enacted a new law that allows cities and towns to drop the speed limit to 25 miles per hour in heavy business districts or densely populated areas. There are many pedestrians, bicyclists, and other people in these areas, and the lower speed limits are intended to protect them from car accidents, while also reducing the chances of multiple-vehicle collisions.
On Route 128, the speed limit is generally 55 miles per hour, while it is 65 miles per hour on the Massachusetts Turnpike. There are some locations where the speed limit on the highway is reduced, such as the Ted Williams Tunnel in Boston.Obtain Compensation from a Careless Driver
If you were injured in a crash because the other driver was speeding, your attorney can bring a negligence lawsuit against him or her to recover compensation for your damages. There are a number of things that you must prove as the plaintiff, starting with showing that the other driver owed you a duty to drive carefully. Every motorist has a duty to operate his or her car with reasonable care and skill, which includes obeying traffic laws and refraining from distracted driving. Providing evidence that the defendant failed to abide by the speed limit can help you establish the second element, which is showing that the defendant did not operate his or her vehicle according to the duty of care that he or she owed to you.
After establishing duty and the defendant’s breach of that duty, you must prove that there is a causal connection between the defendant’s lack of care and the injuries that you sustained. If the defendant can show that some other factor was the primary cause of the injuries that you suffered, you may be denied compensation. If the defendant can show that you were 51% or more at fault for your injuries, for example, you will be barred from receiving compensation.
After establishing causation, the case will focus on the amount of damages that you are entitled to receive. There are several different categories of damages available to speeding accident victims in Massachusetts, including past and future estimated medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, diminished quality of life, pain and suffering, and more. A seasoned car accident lawyer can help you ensure that you seek the full amount of compensation that you deserve.Meet with a Vigorous Massachusetts Lawyer
Speeding accidents are always a sudden and inconvenient event, regardless of the circumstances. Ensuring that you assert your legal right to compensation and protect yourself against insurance companies that do not always have your best interests in mind can be stressful. We pride ourselves on providing compassionate and responsive legal counsel, and are available to serve individuals in many Massachusetts communities, including in areas around Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, and Peabody. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 1-800-262-9200, or contact us online to get started.