Losing someone in a fatal traffic accident can be devastating for family members, and nothing can quantify what they have lost or replace it. Many questions arise after someone dies suddenly due to another person's fault, especially if the driver responsible for causing the car crash was driving under the influence of alcohol. Getting behind the wheel while intoxicated is a decision made by the driver that ends up endangering the lives of everyone on the road at the time.
Nothing can do undo the pain, trauma and loss that is suffered in the aftermath of a motor vehicle wreck. This is why many accident victims in Massachusetts may feel there is no point in pursuing a claim against the party who either was responsible for causing or irresponsible for not preventing the accident. What they don't realize is that an accident and subsequent injuries causes a number of expenses that were not foreseen and can turn their lives around.
There should be little doubt that time is of the essence in the aftermath of a traffic accident. Not only because there is a time limit that a personal injury lawsuit has to be filed, but also because evidence can get lost as time passes. For example, skid marks that could show speed could fade. Similarly, witnesses could begin to forget and even the accident victim's memory could get a hazy.
It is a sad reality that car accidents are incredibly common in America, and Massachusetts is not exempt. In fact, some reports note that instances of car wrecks are actually on the rise in our country despite years of a downward trend in these statistics. Car accidents can result in injuries and even fatalities, which means more people may be at risk than ever before.
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?