The past couple of posts on our personal injury law blog have highlighted two important issues related to car accidents and injuries. First, it is not always easy to determine who will be able to compensate an accident victim for injuries he or she suffers in a wreck. Second, whiplash is a common injury suffered in these accidents, which if not treated properly could result in chronic pain. As a result, car accident victims who are injured in a wreck caused by the negligence of another should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit in hopes of recovering compensation for their damages.
There are a number of reasons why car accidents occur. This includes a driver's inattentiveness, intoxication, or drowsiness. One of the factors less commonly talked about is inexperience. Teen drivers, for example, have recently begun driving and are usually unable to anticipate a vehicle's reaction time and respond accordingly. This is why accidents involving teens are often more common than those involving middle-aged drivers.
When someone has been injured in a car accident, some of the injuries become apparent immediately. Bruises and broken bones, for example, are identified and receive medical treatment as soon as possible. Other injuries often take days, if not weeks, to manifest and can become chronic if not treated properly.
As mentioned in last week's post, evidence plays a crucial role in the success of a personal injury lawsuit. It is crucial to begin supporting one's case soon after the crash, as every day that passes means eyewitnesses forget things and skid marks on the road become less prominent. Acting quickly is key, but when has just been involved in a unexpected car accident, getting compensation or holding a negligent professional accountable may be the last thing on their mind. By the time an accident victim gets around to considering the possibility, valuable evidence may be lost.
A car accident brings with it not only physical and emotional injuries, but also an unexpected financial burden. Hospital stays, treatments and car repairs are just some of the expenses car accident victims find themselves facing after a crash. One way to cover these costs is to get compensation through a personal injury lawsuit and Massachusetts' residents planning on going down this route should know that evidence adds value to their claim.
Though it is a tragic set of events that often leads to a car accident that results in serious injuries or death, at least accident victims and their loved ones know where to place blame -- the person behind the wheel. But, when it comes to crashes with fully or partially autonomous cars, who is liable?
There is nothing that can undo a car accident once it takes place and no way to quantify the losses, both physical and emotional, one endures when they or their loved one has been in a crash that turned their whole life upside down. What can be done, though, is hold the responsible parties accountable for the reckless behavior that caused the crash. Additionally, there may be certain steps that can be taken to make life easier in the future, by dealing with the financial burden that is associated with the crash.
Massachusetts residents may not be aware that the state has what is known as a Dram Shop Law. This means that it is illegal to serve or sell alcohol to anyone who is already intoxicated. But, who does this apply to and how can it be used to hold someone liable for violating it?
According to data available in 2016 for Massachusetts, there are 119 deaths annually that can be attributed to drunk driving. This accounts for around 31 percent of all traffic fatalities in Massachusetts. This could be one of the reasons that Mothers Against Drunk Driving ranked the state as the 36th worst state in the country for how it handles drunk driving accidents and prevention.
For some, it does not matter how warm or cold it is outside, they will still ride their bicycle. While this mode of transportation could be used for fun, exercise or a primary source of transportation, it is important that cyclists understand how to travel safely on the roads. Even when a person is equipped with the knowledge to ride a bicycle safely on or near a road, this does not protect them from negligent drivers.