An accident can happen anytime due to the negligence, recklessness, or carelessness of another. When you have been the victim of someone else’s negligence and have suffered an injury as a result, get the immediate help you need. Then, contact the auto injury lawyers at Shapiro Law Group, PC in Massachusetts. A motor vehicle accident can leave you with injuries and damages that may have a ripple effect on your entire life. Some of the injuries we see and try to help victims recover from include:
- Back and neck pain
- Head and brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Seat belt bruises or injuries
These injuries can lead to mounting medical bills, lost wages, and painful and expensive rehabilitation services. Victims may even find they are unable to go back to a job and hobbies they love. Their ability to care for families can be compromised, especially if they have suffered a disability as a result of the accident. The full scope of what a victim may have lost may be immeasurable. An accident can truly impact every aspect of a victim’s life.
COMMON LOCATIONS AND CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS
From dangerous road conditions and construction zones to the negligence of other drivers, there are many variables that can cause auto accidents. Common locations where car accidents may happen include:
Construction Zones – While entirely necessary, construction zones can abruptly change traffic patterns and introduce obstacles to otherwise clear roadways. Drivers not paying attention or driving too fast aren’t only breaking the law – they are putting lives, including their own, at risk. Should they crash, people who are injured have the right to take action against the at-fault party.
Freeways and Highways – Freeway systems often make it significantly easier for drivers to travel throughout their respective states. Unfortunately, the widespread use of highways by thousands of drivers means that one moment of carelessness can lead to major vehicle pileups, catastrophic injuries, and untimely deaths.
Intersections – Whenever you make a right or left turn, you must always be on the lookout for other cars and pedestrians. When motorists speed through intersections or don’t pay attention to cars turning into their lane, it’s a recipe for disaster.
Speeding – Disobeying the speed limits through construction zones, intersections, or any other area. Drivers may hope to avoid a red light, sign-men, or any other warnings that would slow them down.
Texting – Paying attention to a phone instead of paying attention to what is ahead.
Dangerous Maneuvers – Making unsafe lane changes due to not paying attention to other drivers around you.
Driving While Intoxicated – Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
POTENTIAL DAMAGES IN A CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM
In addition to medical expenses, ambulance bills, vehicle repairs, etc., often there may be lost income or labor hours because the injured party will be forced to take time off work, or even stop working altogether for a long period of time. These are all referred to as “hard costs” related to your injury claim and are often easily calculated financial
At Boston Personal Injury Firm, we believe, however, that there are also many non-economic damages that may be very important to your claim as well. Emotional issues such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, anxiety or depression, embarrassment and other emotional anguish all contribute to the amount of compensation you may be eligible for. Frequently, accident victims are left with overwhelming feelings of confusion and fear which reduces quality of life and causes anxiety about the future.
To complicate matters even more, sometimes automobile accidents will call for legal action and sometimes not.
Or, sometimes it will be clear who caused the accident but the negligent party may not admit fault because they want to avoid liability. Because automobile accident cases can quickly become complex and there is no set formula in calculating damages, it will be important that you consult with an attorney experienced and knowledgeable in both personal injury law and insurance law. It will be critical to determine negligence as soon as possible as a first step in holding the appropriate party accountable for their actions.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT
There are, on average, six million car accidents annually within the United States. Nearly half of those involved experience injury in one form or another, temporary or permanent. Simply put, auto accidents are neither expected nor desired, they happen, and it is important to follow certain protocols to ensure the best possible outcome when it comes to litigation and the future wellbeing of you or a loved one.
If injuries are incurred that necessitate on-site attention, paramedics should be called immediately. If there are no injuries that require treatment, calling the police is the first step if you are involved in an accident. Before the police arrive, you will want to exchange your insurance information and if possible, take photos of the damage that was created as well as the scene of the accident itself. When the officers arrive, be sure to tell them the truth about what happened.
From the information provided and available, the police may or may not decide as to who was at fault. If the other party was at fault, then you will need to file a claim with their insurance company. If you were at fault and you have comprehensive insurance, you can file a claim with your company.
Be sure to include all the photos, relevant information, testimonies, and answer the questions that are asked by the claims department. For most people, there should not be any issues moving forward with a claim assuming all the information was provided. If the protocol is properly followed and all information faithfully provided, with the help of our highly capable team of Boston personal injury lawyers, it is simply a matter of time before you receive due compensation for your claim.
WHEN YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY
For minor accidents when one party was clearly at fault and due compensation from the claim was delivered, you will not need the services of an attorney. However, there are times in which you may need an experienced attorney to help you with the claims process.
Injuries: If there were injuries serious enough to require medical attention, you will almost certainly need an attorney skilled in getting the compensation needed to cover current and future treatments. As a rule of thumb, insurance companies generally loathe providing as much as they could for treatments that require rehabilitation and future assistance.
If you believe that the fault of the accident was not yours and you have evidence that demonstrates that fact, an attorney will help present it to the insurance company. It is possible to challenge who was at fault in the accident and have it reversed if the evidence is presented correctly. An attorney with knowledge of the system can help you in this regard.
Unjust Compensation: This is the most common reason why people need attorneys. If the amount paid does not cover repairs or replacement of the vehicle, medical expenses, lost wages, and associated costs, an attorney can help you get full compensation for what happened to you.
When you have been involved in an accident and suffered injuries, you need an advocate in your corner who will look out for your rights while you focus on recovery. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys and staff will give you and your case the personal attention needed so we can assess what the accident has cost you, physically and emotionally, and the best way to proceed to ensure you receive the right compensation. Our firm will work to line up witnesses and experts, gather evidence, investigate the scene, and do everything we can to clearly and concisely present your side and your losses. We will work diligently to get you the compensation you need to recover and protect the future needs of your family. We also have the negotiating and litigating skills required to take on the insurance company when they try to get you to settle for less than you need.
By handling the legal side of an auto accident, our main goal is to help restore and re-introduce health peace and stability into your life
WE’RE HERE FOR YOU!
At Shapiro Law Group, PC, we provide ongoing support throughout the entire process so you don’t have to fight alone or ever feel in the dark about how your case is progressing. Unlike many law firms, we assign a team of personable and specialized lawyers to each case, a method that solo practitioners and large firms alike simply cannot replicate. We are always accessible and available to our clients because we understand what is at stake. To this end, we will
- Answer and return all your correspondences the way you prefer
- Keep you informed about your case with updates as soon as they occurRe
- Walk you through each step of the litigation process to be sure you understand what is happening, and what all possible outcomes may be
- Refer you to an equally qualified professional if for some reason we are unable to help at the moment you need it
Successful and experienced legal representation makes a world of difference when it comes to auto accidents and their fallout. Our attorneys are dedicated to ensuring you experience this difference, and they have the record to back it. We have a strong understanding of the legal system and what is required to ensure you are guaranteed the best outcome after an accident.
Let our Boston personal injury attorneys handle your personal injury situation and help you get the resolution you need so you can begin to move forward as soon as possible.
At Shapiro Law Group, PC, we are ready to help you. Contact us to set up your initial consultation at (339) 298-2300.
WE FIGHT FOR YOU!
When you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffered injuries, you need an advocate in your corner who will look out for your rights while you focus on recovery. Our firm will give you and your case the personal attention needed so we can assess what the accident has cost you, physically and emotionally. Our firm will work to line up witnesses and experts, gather evidence, investigate the scene, and do everything we can to clearly present your side and your losses. We will work diligently to get you the compensation you need to recover and protect the future needs of your family. We also have the negotiating and litigating skills to take on the insurance company when they try to get you to settle for less than you need.
Shapiro Law Group, PC, provides ongoing support throughout the entire process so you don’t have to fight alone or ever feel in the dark about how your case is progressing. We are always accessible to our clients because we understand what is at stake. Let us handle your motor vehicle accident situation and help you get the resolution you need so you can begin to move forward as soon as possible. At Shapiro Law Group, PC, we are ready to help you.
Contact us to set up your initial consultation. (339) 298-2300.