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Boston Accident Attorneys
Inexplicably, 25 commuters were injured when two Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority trolleys collided badly damaging the back of trolly 3697 and shattering the glass and bending the frame on the front of trolley 3705. None of the injuries were life threatening. At 6 am on your morning commute, two 25-ton commercial trucks collided on Route 495 near exit 75. Accidents do happen. With 60 years of legal experience, our Boston personal injury attorneys have served as general counsel to nationally franchised malls, retail clients, and financial institutions. Our strong relationships with our clients enable us to negotiate six-figure settlements regardless of insurance policy limits.
Contributory or direct negligence for a traffic accident can make it difficult for you or your loved one to even get the medical care you need without a staunch legal advocate preserving your rights. If your loved one was struck by a car while walking across a busy city street, your loved one contributed to the accident if he or she was not in the crosswalk, near a corner, or at a streetlight. Intoxication, poorly maintained or defective equipment, and lack of insurance all reduce the amount of compensation you can expect to receive for your personal injuries or your loved one’s wrongful death.
Massachusetts Accident Attorney
Our Boston accident lawyer has the resources to investigate traffic accidents and all the possible contributing factors that resulted in your injuries or the death of your loved one. Our Massachusetts personal injury attorney can bring a third-party lawsuit for financial compensation for your losses against those who caused your accident. Our personal injury attorney will immediately assess the facts of your case and can come to your hospital room or home to evaluate your personal injury or wrongful death case. Proving liability means proving that your personal injuries resulted from the negligence or deliberately reckless acts of another.
A wrongful death lawsuit forces defendants who caused the accident to pay for your loved one’s medical expenses before he or she died, pay for lost wages, funeral and burial expenses, for the emotional loss of your loved ones, and the income your lost wage earner would have contributed to the welfare of his or her spouse and children. The executor of the deceased’s estate is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s children.
When multiple defendants contribute to a traffic accident, the Massachusetts’ jury is instructed to determine the comparative degree of fault of each defendant and calculate the percent of total damages each defendant should pay. If you were driving to or from work or performing work-related errands, workers’ compensation may pay for your medical expenses, time lost from work, and temporary disability without assessing who caused the accident. Workers’ compensation is for employees who temporarily lose time from work due to work-related injury or illness, but your application must be swiftly filed.
Despite the fact that Massachusetts requires that all motorists carry auto insurance against uninsured, under-insured, and hit and run drivers, 4 in every 100 drivers do not carry car insurance. Massachusetts requires that all drivers carry minimum uninsured motorist coverage of $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident.
The Massachusetts Uninsured Motorist System puts public safety first. Insurance companies report all changes in drivers’ policies to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Uninsured motorists may spend a year in jail, lose the right to drive for a year, and incur a $5,000 fine.
Hit and Run Accidents
Even if a hit and run driver ended your loved one’s life, our accident attorneys can subpoena OnStar data from all vehicles in the vicinity and footage from surveillance cameras owned by businesses in the area to identify and locate the absent driver. All drivers’ utterances and exclamations in response to the accident are admissible in court. Police who responded to the call for emergency assistance draft an accident report complete with parties, and witnesses’ names and addresses. The report also describes road and weather conditions at the time of the accident. The hit and run criminal charge adds punitive damages to the settlement amount or to a jury’s award for compensation.
Mass Tort Accidents
The trolley accident is not a car, truck, premises, or pedestrian accident, but it is a mass tort case requiring individual personal injury cases for each passenger injured during the collision. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority accepted responsibility for the accident. Your settlement, if you were a passenger on the trolley, becomes what the Transit Authority is willing to pay for plus what your attorney can negotiate.
In the tractor trailer truck accident above, one driver caused the accident. A truck driver’s livelihood is based on his driving record. The trucking company is also liable for injuries inflicted by its driver. As a truck driver, you may need your own lawyer if your employer takes responsibility for the accident. Commercial truck accidents frequently occur near construction sites when motorists, bored sitting in traffic, cease to pay attention, pick up their cell phones, or fail to notice trucks entering the roadway. Always go to the hospital for a date and time stamped assessment of your injuries immediately following your accident and retain an accident and personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your or your loved one’s accident.
Goldberg and Oriel
Call our Boston personal injury attorneys at 800-497-1331 or complete our free case evaluation form online if you suffered any kind of personal injury accident or your loved one died as a result of a car, truck, motorcycle, premises, or pedestrian accident. Your consultation is free, and our attorneys charge no fees until they recover compensation on your behalf.