Car Accident Lawyer, Salem MA
According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, there are about 125,000 automobile crashes every year in this state. That’s well over 300 crashes per day. In Boston, the stats are even more frightening — drivers in this city are 157.7% more likely to crash than drivers in other areas. Being in a car accident can be painful, emotional, and expensive, but we may be able to help.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Massachusetts
Immediately after a car accident, you should inform the police, sheriff, or highway patrol about the accident. You should also exchange names, contact information, and insurance details with the other driver. Under state law, you are required to share this information. If you have any injuries, you should seek medical help immediately. Even if you don’t have visible injuries, you may want to head to the emergency room or an urgent care center. Some injuries such as whiplash or concussions aren’t always apparent right away.
Reporting the Accident
In Massachusetts, you have to report all serious accidents to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles within five days. This includes accidents that lead to injuries or death and accidents causing over $1,000 worth of damage. If you don’t submit this report, you risk losing your license and potentially facing other penalties.
In some cases, at-fault drivers may offer to pay for the damages in exchange for you not making a report — it’s never in your best interest to accept this kind of offer.
Damages After a Car Accident
After a serious car accident, you may face medical bills and car repair expenses. Additionally, you may lose income if you’re not able to work, you may have to pay for extra childcare or help around the home, and you may endure additional pain and suffering. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, they may be responsible for these damages. An experienced car accident attorney can help you get compensation for your injuries and financial damages.
No-Fault Rules for Massachusetts Drivers
Massachusetts is a no-fault state in relation to car accidents. That doesn’t mean that other drivers or their employers can’t be held responsible for the accident. Instead, it means that your insurance always kicks in first and covers some of the damages. Then, you can seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance for the rest of the damages. There are some exceptions to this rule but usually only in cases where one driver is intoxicated.
Massachusetts is also a comparative negligence state – simply put, this means that the victim is partially at fault for the accident.
To illustrate, imagine a driver runs a stop sign and hits your vehicle. They are at fault. But you were speeding, so the courts determine that you were also partially at fault. Then, the courts determine which percentage of the accident was caused by each driver. In order for you to make a claim, the other driver has to bear responsibility for more than 50% of the accident.
The Burden of Proof
To establish damages after a car accident, you need proof of your injuries and any expenses you incurred. However, some elements are difficult to prove. For example, if your injuries render you unable to work in the future, that can be hard to prove, but that’s where a car accident attorney comes in. They can bring in medical experts and create financial projections to prove to the courts how much future income you stand to lose.
On top of providing evidence of your damages, your personal injury lawyer also needs to link the damages to the accident. The timing of your medical reports, the accident report, and similar documents can be essential for this process.
Wrongful Death After a Car Accident
If a loved one died in a car accident, you may also be entitled to compensation. Tragically, due to distracted drivers, deaths from motor vehicle crashes have increased by 15% in just two years. To help, we also represent clients in wrongful death suits.
Massachusetts Car Accident Attorneys with a Personal Approach
At many law firms, you’re just a number, and your case gets assigned to a staff member. At Tinti. Quinn, Grover & Frey P.C., we are different. We give all our clients the personalized attention they need and deserve during this time. We start with a free consultation. Then, we help you decide the best direction to take, and if we accept your case, we work with you closely to ensure you get the absolute best settlement for your situation.
To get assistance after a car accident, contact us today. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.