State and local law enforcement agencies, in conjunction with local agencies and nonprofits, work hard to curtail drunk driving in Massachusetts. Though these efforts certainly make a difference, for the foreseeable future, intoxicated drivers will continue to climb behind the wheel and take to the streets, putting other motorists and pedestrians at extreme risk of harm. As one recent car crash in nearby Winthrop highlights, these accidents can be devastating for a victim.
It is no surprise to hear that the severity of a car crash can run the gamut. No one may be injured in minor fender-benders and bumper-busters, while other moderate accidents can result in bumps, bruises, and broken bones. Yet others can be more severe, leaving victims permanently disabled or dead. Those who suffer injuries in a car wreck, no matter the extent, can be subjected to physical, emotional, and financial losses.
Massachusetts residents should be able to go about their everyday lives without fear of harm. Unfortunately, as most of us are probably aware, this is not reality. Instead, people find themselves at risk of being harmed at some of their most vulnerable times. Walking, for instance, should be a relatively safe activity. Yet, when crossing a road, it only takes the blink of an eye for an errant driver to turn that routine walk into a living nightmare.
Under what are known as dram shop laws, an individual who is injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver may be able to hold an alcohol vender liable. However, doing so can be quite difficult, as it is often hard to prove that the vendor had certain knowledge. For example, did the vendor know the individual was intoxicated before serving him or her? These types of questions can be complex, and acquiring the evidence to support an answer can be pivotal in a civil lawsuit.
Massachusetts residents who have been hurt in a car accident know that it can drastically change their lives. They may be left physically disabled, unable to work and emotionally traumatized. They might also incur significant financial losses by losing wages and racking up medical bills. Once a crash victim has the time to focus on his or her legal case he or she might wonder for what damages he or she can recover compensation. Hopefully this article will help shed light on the matter.
Unfortunately, many Massachusetts residents will find themselves in a car accident at some point in their lives. When this happens, their first reaction must be to determine if they, their passengers, and other parties are OK. After that, they might wonder who was at fault. Determining fault is an important step in the quest to recover compensation for one's damages. Yet, there may be some confusion as to how fault is calculated and how it affects a victim's chances of recovery.
Nowadays many Massachusetts take to the outdoors to enjoy the sun, warmth, and scents of spring. Though several of these individuals run, walk, or ride a bike on or near the roadways motorists owe them a duty of care to keep them safe from harm. This not only means refraining from acting negligently in ways such as speeding, driving while intoxicated, or driving while texting, but also taking certain actions, like yielding the right of way, that ensure pedestrian safety.
Accidents happen all the time on Massachusetts' roads. Sometimes these wrecks are unavoidable, such as when there is ice on the road. In a vast number of crashes, though, one of the drivers involved in the accident is to blame. Drivers may be inattentive, drunk, or tired behind the wheel, which puts everyone on the road around them in danger. A car accident caused by a negligent driver can take unsuspecting motorists by surprised and can leave several with injuries and families mourning lost lives.
With the arrival of spring, many Massachusetts residents may find themselves outside more often. Unfortunately, whether one is riding a bike, waking, or jogging, he or she may unknowingly be at risk of being hit by a motor vehicle. Sadly, too many of Massachusetts' drivers are negligent behind the wheel, and when these individuals cause a pedestrian-car accident, the injuries can be severe.
Unfortunately, drunk drivers can be on Massachusetts' roads at any time. These drivers can also be anybody. Mothers, workers and teens can all be drunk behind the wheel, posing serious hazards to other motorists. With the existence of these factors comes the sad reality that motorists often cannot tell who is driving intoxicated until it is too late and a car accident has occurred. When this happens, accident victims should take the steps necessary to recover their damages and to hold the negligent drivers who harmed them accountable.